Dale Harrell's Story
Dale first began using Percocet to address the pain of an injury caused in an accident. After his recovery, he continued using Percocet and became addicted. His substance use had a negative impact on his life. He began spending time with the wrong crowd and was eventually sent to prison for illegal possession. However, he credits his time in the justice system with helping him address his substance use.
“It’s a letdown to your family when you do drugs. So, to be clean, sober and on the right track has been a blessing.”
Prior to his release, Dale was introduced to Volunteer of America Chesapeake & Carolinas' Residential Re-Entry Center in Baltimore where our staff helped him transition home.
Our staff also helped Dale get connected to substance use recovery services, and is now 4 years sober.
But Dale's relationship with VOACC didn't end there. Later that same year, Dale was enrolled in our VOA Works program where he received the training and employment connections he needed to start his new life.
He successfully secured his CDL Class B credentials and as of May 2021 has been gainfully employed as a driver from the Charm City Circulator in Baltimore, MD.
“I’m lovin’ it. I like driving and this is something I’ve always wanted to do. And I have to thank the VOA Works program for that.”