“This month the Lowndes Mental Health Association has graciously agreed to assist the Pines with diapers, one of our most urgent needs,” Harbin added.
Thomas has completed the coursework for her training as a Certified Nurse’s Aide and just has to complete the state certification tests to be employable in the field. She said she likes working with Alzheimer’s patients because “they need a lot of love. My heart goes out to them.”
She said she would also like to work as a substance abuse counselor at some point.
Doris McGee, a substance abuse technician at the Pines Family Campus, has been counseling Thomas and helping her look for work.
“This place is a blessing for women struggling with substance abuse. It’s a privilege to work here and be part of something bigger than I am that is working for good,” McGee said.
“One thing I have run across a lot is that women come here with their heads down and have a shameful look. I encourage them to hold their heads up and look at this as a good thing. To admit you have a problem and want help is a good thing.”
Thomas said McGee has helped her a lot.
“She knows from experience how an addict’s mind works. You can’t pull the wool over her eyes, and she don’t sugar coat nothing,” she said.
Asked if she had any words of encouragement for people trying to overcome substance abuse, Thomas said, “You have to really want it. You can’t just say you’re going to stop and stop. You have to put forth the effort and do the work. If you want the reward, you have to work for it.”
For more information about the Pines Family Campus, please call (229) 245-8045 ext. 2373.