"Happy birthday, Face It TOGETHER! It was good fortune or just plain luck that landed me with the organization as we were looking for a larger facility and bringing on new community board members. More than anything, I’m grateful for my time leading FITSF. Although I had previous nonprofit experience, I certainly wasn’t the most qualified or educated candidate for the job.
Being the Executive Director at FITSF gave me the confidence to achieve more and dream bigger. FITSF opened my mind to new possibilities and taught me how to thrive in a space where change was constant and expected. Being part of a team dedicated to changing the way we think and feel about addiction was incredible. Plus, I got the bonus of a mentor and friend who I still call for advice.
My personal recovery path is remarkably ordinary. Most of the time, I feel like I was saved from myself. Recovery was never sobriety for me. Sobriety was a kick-start that helped, but recovery isn’t all or nothing.
Thank you to everyone from whom I learned along the way – you know who you are."
– Julie Schoolmeester, former Sioux Falls Executive Director