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DARP did a lot more for me than I truly expected. I made better choices, better friends, and I am happy. Not only do I have a chance to call others around me good people, but I also no longer want to die. I’ve learned to work and create without destroying everything and everyone around me. For this I am grateful. Mark M.
I came to DARP because I had nothing left, no direction, no self-respect or respect for others. I’ve been here 5 months now and have learned that it is what you make of it. I know I needed to sober up and have a fresh start. I am a father of a beautiful little girl. She deserves a clean and sober Dad. She means the world to me. But when I complete the program, I have no home to go to. I would like to stay at DARP and go into transition. In transition I can remain in a clean sober living environment, save money and better prepare for the next phase of my life. Kacey M.
My experience at DARP has honestly been great. I met a lot of awesome people. Before I came to DARP I was headed down the wrong path and was very self-destructive. Using the tools, I have learned there, I finally love myself again and am looking forward to my future. I am striving to be a productive member of society and an all-around good person. I am extremely thankful for the director “Mike.” He puts himself on our level while also being a great authority figure. He takes a personal interest in each and every participant. Thank you Mary, and everyone else at DARP who keeps this place running. Dylan K.
DARP has been a great experience. At first, I didn’t think I was gonna like it but that all changed and amazing things started to fall into place. I am grateful for DARP. I’ve been sober almost 11 months now. I am grateful for the Directors. Mike does an incredible job and he’s definitely helped me become a better man. I am thankful for him and the rest of the Directors. DARP is awesome. Jared W.
DARP has helped me in many ways. It has given me another chance to be in my kids life and chance to see my 11 month old for the 1st time. It has helped improve my state of mind both emotionally and mentally. It has also helped improve my physical health. This is the longest I’ve been sober in 19 years. DARP has shown me there are other ways to live then I was living. It has shown me that I can keep a job and I can be the man my family needs and deserves. Thank you everyone at DARP for what you have done for me. I can never repay and never forget. Robert B.
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to DARP. I appreciate being given the opportunity to come to DARP. It has given me structure which I desperately needed. DARP has helped me to talk about my problems and struggles with other people whether it be with the other brothers at DARP or with the Directors. DARP has kept me accountable and helped me to maintain my sobriety. It has shown me that you can be sober and happy, joyous and free. I feel like DARP always treated with as a Human Being rather than a criminal. DARP is a pretty easy program in my opinion. They don’t force you to do things or even to stay there if you don’t want to be there. The rules are very easy to follow and as long as you can follow the simple rules DARP will bend over backwards to help struggling addicts out. I feel like I have a great chance at gong back out into the world and staying clean and sober, be a productive member of society and be the father my kids deserve. I am very grateful and thankful for DARP. I don’t know if I could have done any of this without them. Dustin F.
I have gone through so many changes in the past 6 months. The longer I’m sober the clearer my vision. I have been stressed, happy, sad and even pissed off, but over all it has been an excellent experience that I am glad to have had a part of. The Directors have all been there when I needed advice or just a helping hand. I would like to thank “Roger, Mark and Mike” for their time and patience. I could not had gotten clean without DARP. It gave me a sober place away from everyday stress so I could work on myself. Thomas S.
I’m here because I chose to be here. I was not court ordered, on probation, or sent by any legal authority. I chose DARP because of the promise of something I could not do for myself on my own. The promise of a new start, a new life, a life without drugs or the people who were not there when it mattered. This place is definitely not for everyone. Everybody here has their own ideas of why they are here. For me, it’s the beginning of actually having a life worth living. Because the life I was living before I got here was over. I had no place to go. I stick to the program and I get the chance to make a new and better life for myself. Joshua G.
DARP to me has been a blessing. The program and the time here have been much needed to get my mind right and get me headed in the right direction, towards a better life. My thoughts on the program rules, discipline and structure is that all of which is necessary and set in place to provide a safe environment, build one’s integrity, and help us to become more responsible. As for the staff, they are all exceptional individuals who truly care about our well being now as well as in the future. Each one of them are motivating and encouraging towards us and our sobriety. Overall, I believe DARP is beneficial to the ones who are seriously done with drugs and /or alcohol and who are willing to change things their lives in order to free themselves from the grips of addiction. Steven C.
DARP has given me the tools to help me get myself back into the world so I can be there for my family. I helped me see I had a real problem with drug life and that it was not getting me anywhere in life. I would like to thank the people that for DARP that try and care about my life as a person and helping me to where I am today. Daniel V.
My experience at DARP has been interesting. I never knew there were places like this out there for people in my situation. Thank God there is and I found it before it was too late. DARP has placed me at a job, put clothes on my back and taught me how to live everyday putting the past behind me and focus on the future and what matters most. People come here with addictions, homeless or just out of jail and are able to find the person they were prior to addiction. I have realized we are all good-hearted people, just made some bad decisions. I have been here the most part of 3 years. I have a great job, completed all my obligations to the court system and am on the road to Victory. By the grace of God, I can forgive myself and breathe again. It’s taught me patience, understanding, perseverance and trust. I am now a weekend Director at DARP. I still maintain my job I was placed in while at DARP. I have a vehicle, an apartment and a wonderful woman. I plan on keeping a good heart, stay focused on my goals and trust in God. So far so good. I’m sticking with what works. Richard M.
My DARP experience has been like no other. I came in expecting for it to be like my last experience which was full of dishonesty, drug use and whole lot of not giving a s**t. I remember my first day, Mike picked me up in his collared shirt tucked in and I was thinking to myself “Damn this is going to be a rough 6 months.” And then we started having a conversation. He was very intuitive and easy to talk to. I was happily surprised. I got to DARP and people welcomed me with open arms. I lucked out and got a great job as a forklift driver, giving me the opportunity to show my work ethic and that I am an exceptional employee. I’ve always drank when returning home from work and before work, sometimes even during work, but with DARP’s help I was able to open my mind to a different way of living. My personal life has gotten a lot better as well. This time of the year is really hard for me because it’s the anniversary of my Mother’s death. It’s also the same time of year as my Father’s death. Mike being here as someone to confide in has helped me tremendously. I don’t know if I’d still be here if it wasn’t for him. He has been a friend that I would talk with about anything and the simple fact that he will call me on my BS has helped even more. When I got here, I had a couple of warrants that DARP helped me take care of which is going to allow me to walk out of here without having to look over my shoulder. Obviously, I did not take care of my business when I was out there so Thank you. Mike has helped me tremendously during this rough part of my life. I owe y’all more than words can say. Thank you for everything. Cody J.
My name is Donna. I’m 59 yrs old and I arrived at DARP on 5/23/16. I started work at Mid America Cabinet Factory on 6/7/16 and graduated the program on 11/24/16. After graduation Lynn Jones asked me to come to work for DARP as a night shift Director. I accepted the offer. After giving Mid America a 2 week notice I began work at DARP. During my 6 months in the program the struggle was real. With no outside support or contact with family or friends. My husband, who abandoned me in jail after 4 months called a handful of times and wanted me to leave DARP with him on a bicycle! So, I never really had a lot of choices but to stay in transition. The job offer to work and live at the Women’s Facility was a true blessing from God. DARP being faith bases and the many opportunities to learn about a true living God that created us and has promised to care for us, has enabled me to work towards an independent life with sound structure and responsibility. When I came to the program, I had a cataract in both eyes and was completely blind in one eye by the time I graduated. Thanks to the staff, I was able to qualify for surgery at Dean McGee Eye Institute, free of charge on both eyes. I was also able to get my driver’s license reinstated and put a deposit on an apartment. Since I’ve in the program at DARP I have seen many women come and go. Some graduated and some didn’t. The ones that don’t graduate this program just can not adapt to the structure and work ethic it takes to succeed. It doesn’t they are failures or mistreated. This program isn’t for everyone, however the ladies that persevere have accomplished many goals of getting fines paid, driver’s licenses, family relationships restored and the list goes on and on. Most importantly they have found recovery is possible with determination. Today DARP is a life saving Recovery Facility for anyone that really and truly has the grit to work through it. God is here to help. Donna Q