A few weeks back we graduated number 16! The one & only Connor “Con-Man” Ferrell! We had an absolute blast at his graduation ceremony. We reminisced about all the stories that were spawned over Connor’s eighteen month stint at HIA.
During Connor’s stay with us he picked up a few “First Evers” for the program.
- Connor was our youngest manager ever!
- Connor was promoted earlier in his sobriety than any other resident ever has
- Connor was/is our youngest graduate to date!
Clearly, Connor is a LEADER!
Connor not only lead out in our program, but he lead out in his personal life as well. While at HIA, he bought his first car, enrolled back in college and finished two semesters successfully….while working full-time & managing one the HIA Homes! Trust me, that’s impressive, that’s a full schedule for sure!
I learned a lot about Connor during this time. His grit, determination and willingness to change his life pushed him forward every day! He kept his head down, never complained and ultimately finished strong!
We are sure gonna miss this guy!
Check out this Q&A with HIA Graduate Connor Ferrell!
Q: You are only 24, what advice do you have for other young adults that might still be struggling?
A: I would just try something new, take suggestions and be willing to do whatever it takes even if you don’t like it one bit.
Q: How do you feel being the starting quarterback and all-star for your highschool team has helped you lead men into recovery?
A: I feel that being in that postion at a young age prepared me to be able to speak to men in a form that they could better understand.
Q: Do you think being quick on your feet in a scramble has helped benefited you when dealing with men in a sober living environment?
A: Yes it has helped me to be able lead men with courage.
Q: What is the biggest impact the HIA community has had on your recovery?
A: The HIA community has given me life long friendships that have postively impacted my life. I will always cherish this time with these men. I hope to maintain these friendships for life!
Q: You have accomplished quite a bit in the last year. Promotions at your job, going back to school, and buying a car. How have these milestones helped you along your journey in recovery?
A: Each milestone has just assured me that I am on the right track for my life. They keep me grounded in knowing that god is providing just what I need for this specific time in my life. And with each goal achieved I am developing the skills that I know will keep me sober in the future.
Q: What would you say is the most rewarding experience that you had in HIA?
A: I would say being able to touch people in the recovery community that are struggling was eteeremy impactful to me. Watching other men– coming to a point of surrender and then witnessing the changes in them that I once saw in myself. It’s been amazing!
Q: How important is it to give back to some of the residents that are new to sobriety?
A: Giving back and staying plugged into the brotherhood is one of the most rewarding things I can do to safeguard my own recovery. I enjoy meeting the new guys and making them feel welcomed. I know its my job to show them that this is possible. That people can recover. It’s something that the alumni before me have done a great job of so I plan to keep the tradition going.
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