A brief history on the Mandolin Foundation. On 01/01/20 my daughter and I started the foundation with the hope to open a Sober Living or Transitional Living Program for Women and Children. I had been on a ten-year journey with Amanda's addiction which included, jail, prison, four treatment programs, living in transitional housing, and finally when she lost her battle with addiction.
Through this journey, I found my passion to help others with their struggles with mental health and substance use disorders. I have been a Recovery Coach for four years, a Certified Peer Specialist for two years. I am in the Human Services Program at NWTC and will be graduating in December 2021. Currently, I work as a Certified Peer Specialist with two organizations.
I also offer free CPS services to people through the foundation. As a CPS I offer my lived experience, both as a person who struggles with mental health challenges and as a parent of someone who struggled with addiction.
Amanda lost her battle with addiction on 02/10/2020 and she will be Forever 37.