Geri: Sharing Experience, Hope, and Strength
If you met Geri today, you would notice her warmth and enthusiasm. Geri works at one of the largest addiction treatment centers in Illinois, and touches the lives of thousands of people each year.
Geri’s life wasn’t always this way. For almost 20 years, Geri, as she puts it, "lived a life of crime and drugs in the hallways of one of the most notorious projects in Chicago." As a consequence of her addiction and the life she was leading, Geri spent time in prison. Fortunately, TASC was there when she got out.
TASC is a nonprofit agency that helps tens of thousands of Illinoisans each year find their way to wellness, responsibility, and dignity.
Geri credits TASC with helping her turn her life around. As Geri says, TASC "gave me resources to find my first job after coming home with a criminal record. I didn't think it was possible, but I learned how to compose a resume and how to conduct myself in an interview."
Across Illinois, TASC helps people get drug treatment and other community resources to support their health and recovery.
"Today I go into jails and prisons to share my experience, strength, and hope with others who are struggling," says Geri.
In addition to her full-time work as a supervisor at a rehabilitation center, Geri volunteers as statewide president for the Winners’ Circle—a network of peer-led support groups, seeded by TASC, for men and women dedicated to drug-free, responsible living in the community.