University of Maryland Alternative Break Program

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Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of students at The University of Maryland. These students are members of the Alternative Break Program, whose mission is ….. “to provide a safe and inviting campus center where all UMD students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members cultivate lifelong relationships founded on engagement, learning, multiculturalism, and citizenship.”


The students are preparing for their upcoming spring break mission trip. They will be traveling to Harlan, Kentucky, where they will serve an Appalachian Community. They are also hoping to help at the Cumberland Hope Community Center, which is an organization that supports homeless women who are suffering from addiction. The community center helps women on their journey of recovery; including re-integration back into the community.

This Saturday the students and staff will be coming to the Reclaiming My Life Sober House to make lunch for the girls. The students will have the opportunity to talk with the girls, ask them questions, and learn more about addiction, recovery and sober living.

Thank you, UMD, for having me!

The University of Maryland students from the Alternative Break program came to Reclaiming My Life today. It was an amazing afternoon!

The students made a delicious taco lunch for everyone, and of course, dessert too. After lunch, we all gathered in the living room to sit down and talk.

The students asked the girls questions about their lives and their recoveries. The girls were open, honest and comfortable enough to be vulnerable with the students. They each shared their individual and unique journeys to recovery. In turn, the students were able to learn and help prepare for their upcoming mission trip, where they will be serving an Appalachian Community.

We wish the UMD students a safe and successful mission trip to Kentucky. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your studies. I look forward to more collaborations in the future.

On a personal note…..

The girls at the sober house shared how happy they are at Reclaiming My Life. They said that the house is special and different from other places they had been; they said it feels like home. As I listened to them talk, I felt so blessed to know that my beautiful son is the reason that all of these girls are able to recover in a safe and loving environment. Although my heart breaks and a piece of me is missing, I am able to feel purpose and joy, and I am able to see how Rob lives on through helping others to survive.