When Donna Easlick speaks, her words carry a kindness that invites you to engage in conversation, a skill that comes in handy in her role as a counselor at Letty Owings Center. Donna knows firsthand how much of a difference that kindness can make, especially as someone with her own history of drug and alcohol addiction. When she first started her journey to sobriety, “I was vulnerable, but I was treated very well. I was listened to. I was helped and given the opportunity to thrive.”
Donna sees much of her past in the parenting and pregnant young mothers who receive residential treatment at LOC: vulnerable, accustomed to focusing on survival, and wanting to get clean and sober. “I became a counselor because I want to give back what was given to me.”
So she spends her day meeting with clients individually (to work through barriers to sober living, to teach healthy coping skills, to develop recovery plans) and in groups (to process and build community). Donna even supervises counseling interns at LOC, ensuring that her example infuses kindness into the practices of future counselors. Through it all, Donna remains upbeat, encouraging, and inviting.
“I really care about their process. I want them each to be successful.”
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Donna's story is part of Central City Concern's week-long series to celebrate National Health Center Week by highlighting just a few of the many extraordinary people who make the work of CCC's health centers possible. The week of August 9 through August 15 is a time to recognize the services and contributions of health centers that provide affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.
Learn more about CCC and National Health Center Week by reading a post introducing this series from Leslie Tallyn, CCC's Chief Clinical Operations Officer.