This message came to us via Facebook from Southern Malachite Bumblebee:
I was in RedCliff from August 10th 2007-December 4th 2007. As of today March 3, 2010, I am 2 years, 6 months, 21 days sober. I am a manager at Emerald City Smoothie, and an Intimate’s Associate at Victoria’s Secret. I am looking for a third job. I am almost done with my third quarter at Bellevue College, where I am working towards a Transfer Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences. Last quarter I received A’s in all three of my classes. I have paid my way through college on my own funding. I am in the first sober relationship I’ve ever had, and definitely the most honest and open. I am not so naïve to assume this will last forever, and who’s to say it won’t, but one way or another, I never would have been able to have this relationship without my growth through Red Cliff. My relationship with my parents is a thousand times better. I can be a support for my sister, and not someone who brings her down. I have an amazing life that I am incredibly grateful for everyday, and there’s no question in my mind that I would not have reached this point, or become the person I am, without those 116 long days in RCA. And to this day? Whenever I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, the image of staff doing the peanut butter jelly dance in support of peanut butter shift comes into my head, hahahaha.
Congratulations, Bumblebee (aka MJ) on the wonderful life you are creating one day at a time.