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April 2022

For April 2022, Fellowship RCO would like to recognize

Kitti Simmons

I’m an addict and my name is Kitti.
 
Up until I was about 24, I believed that’s all I was ever going to be. As of today, I am 32 years old, and I’ve been clean since June 4th, 2013. Since then, I’ve become so much more. 

Being born and raised in Broward County I faced some challenges with old playgrounds, playmates, and playthings. My family originally tried to get me clean in 2007, but I wasn’t ready. I chose to leave home somewhere around 2009 and was placed on 12 years of probation shortly after that. I was arrested on my 3rd violation of probation on June 3rd, 2013, and I was sentenced to treatment with a hefty, suspended sentence if I violated again. I completed treatment at BARC and was sent to Fellowship Recovery Community Organization on a scholarship. I had nothing to my name, except the garbage bag full of donated clothes from BARC and my jail slides. 

Being born and raised in Broward County I faced some challenges with old playgrounds, playmates, and playthings. My family originally tried to get me clean in 2007, but I wasn’t ready. I chose to leave home somewhere around 2009 and was placed on 12 years of probation shortly after that. I was arrested on my 3rd violation of probation on June 3rd, 2013, and I was sentenced to treatment with a hefty, suspended sentence if I violated again. I completed treatment at BARC and was sent to Fellowship Recovery Community Organization on a scholarship. I had nothing to my name, except the garbage bag full of donated clothes from BARC and my jail slides. 

Initially I thought about using. If I’m honest I thought about using for months after I got clean this time. Thankfully I chose to honor my own word to God that I would stay clean for one year. The 1st six months of my recovery I spent at Fellowship RCO. I was not very motivated and not employable. Because of this I had to find ways to pay my rent and I had to stay out during the daytime hours. I babysat and cleaned houses and spent most of my free time in meeting spaces. I’m so grateful for the structure because it forced me to get involved in a 12-step fellowship.

I took on service commitments at the home group level, allowing me to build connections I would need to stay clean when life showed up. Honestly it was the most inconvenient and incredible experience in my early recovery. Since then, I have rekindled my relationships with my mother and sisters, gone back to school for my Human Resources Certification, become the loving paw-rent to a beautiful chocolate lab and couple of guinea pigs, quit my corporate job to chase my dreams, been of service to my community and recently; I have gotten engaged to the most incredible man I’ve ever met.

Being able to wake up every day in a home full of love and compassion and paint for a living is something I never dreamed of.

Almost 9 years ago I was homeless, jobless, broken, afraid, and angry. There was no light at the end of the tunnel. Well actually there was, but I thought it was a train. I never thought that I could change. I’ve learned that life doesn’t get better; but with some good friends and some spiritual principles, all things are possible if I stay clean. Every step on my journey has shown me that the light at the end of the tunnel is really a way out, and putting in the work is really the easiest, softer way. It’s so worth it. 

I couldn’t tell you how many meetings I did my first 90 days, but I can tell you I wouldn’t have done them if Fellowship RCO hadn’t been part of my journey.

It’s an honor and a privilege to be recognized by such an incredible group of people as “a hero.” I want to thank you all for everything you’ve done for me, and everything you do for the world we live in. I can never repay you for what you did for me, just know my gratitude is immeasurable.
 
Thank you, for thinking of me and for letting me share.
 
Kitti S.

Click the link below to check out Original Art by Kitti