William is an Adult Learner in Huntington. He is a recovering addict and has been in recovery since August. We rejoice with William, celebrating his progress and victories! This is an appropriate time to focus on Wiliam’s story, as we are called to rejoice in a special way during this week of Advent. William and others in recovery have been experiencing particular struggles over the last year and a half, which makes their triumphs all the more exceptional. Social distancing has led to isolation, which can be dangerous for those struggling with substance use disorder (SUD). Catholic Charities West Virginia staff members have taken the precautions necessary to keep everyone safe, offering the gift of community when people need it most. SUD impacts every area of a person’s life, including relationships, nutrition, housing, and employment. William needs “wrap-around” support and services to help him overcome daunting challenges. Our staff has worked with William to create an individualized plan to help him achieve his unique goals. We’ve connected him with social services to support him while he earns his High School Equivalency diploma. William says, “I’m getting a lot of help from Catholic Charities. They’ve helped me in so many different ways. Like, furthering my education, meals when I’m hungry and I don’t have much to eat, rides to and from the [Catholic Charities] Center, helping me stay sober and in my recovery, and last but not least, friendship.” We’re honored to walk with William on his journey of recovery. And we truly rejoice with him, thankful for every victory! Ultimately, our goal is to help adult learners like William become healthier, stay in recovery, and get on the road to self-sufficiency. To learn more about Catholic Charities West Virginia, visit www.CatholicCharitiesWV.org. The Mission of Catholic Charities West Virginia: Guided by God’s love, Catholic Charities collaborates with community partners, parishes and families to provide caring and compassionate services to people in need and work toward lasting and meaningful change.