Getting Ahead Newsletter April

St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty is highlighting Ms. Dorrine Henderson once again! Dorrine has allowed her involvement in Bridges Out of Poverty’s Getting Ahead Class to really impact her life. We, here at Bridges, felt that it would encouraging to see just where our graduate, Dorrine, is now.

Dorrine is currently working as a counselor in two different facilities. She is a counselor, at the Victory Clinic, a non-profit dealing with methadone addiction; and at the Ducomb Center, where she is assisting those in the home detention and work release programs. Dorrine has completed her masters and now she is pursuing several different state and national counseling exams such as the CAADC II and LMACHA that would help her better assist the community that she has a heart for.  Dorrine has a dream of opening her own addiction treatment center. She has a heart for those who have dealt with or are dealing with addictions. She believes that much like the financially under-resourced, those who deal with addictions have a lack of resources, so she hopes to bring them counseling and resource services once she has her own facility.

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It’s never too late!
— Dorrine Henderson

Along with her desire to have an addiction treatment center, she also has a heart for the women involved with H.O.T. (Hear Our Tears). Though her focus is largely on her addiction treatment center, she has also been putting a lot of energy and passion into finding and funding a safe house for the women involved in H.O.T.’s programs.

When I asked Dorrine what encouragement she could offer others, she had much to say! She wants to make sure everyone knows “there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” She is a firm believer in “it’s never too late to continue or create a dream” and “never too late for education.” She shared something she learned Getting Ahead Classes she would like to pass on and this is something that all the people she works with benefits from: time management. And remember…“you need “me” time… whatever gives you a little bit of delight is what you need to do.”

Dorrine has been making waves of change as she continues to live her life serving those around her with heartfelt commitment. With all of that focus on others, I asked her how she is doing, and she said “I am very happy with where I am at. It isn’t about the money; it is about the satisfaction.”