Elder Deborah A. Corley
For many years, I have dedicated myself and volunteered my time in the Oak Hill Youth Center, Youth Services Administration, D.C., Lorton, Prince Georges County, Charles County & Arlington County jails; the Central Treatment Facility, D.C. Department of Health Women Services Center, Gospel Rescue Mission, Fulton House of Hope, D.C. Halfway Houses and Prince Georges County Transitional Homes.
My desire has been to help individuals to know who they are; to believe in themselves beyond their addictions and problems; and to understand that they have a divine in life. Believe it or not, some people seem to get stuck in repeated cycles of drug usage and incarceration simply because they have no idea who they are or any sense of direction for their lives. They have no sense of self-worth, no idea that they can live a better way of life; and most of all, no idea that they have the ability to accomplish anything they want in life. I know, I have experienced these same feelings about myself and my life!