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Your donations are helping Dovie change lives

Dovie C. has already had a remarkable life. And at 66, she's just getting started.

Born in Memphis, Dovie found herself caring for her seven younger siblings at the young age of 11, when her mother became ill. At only 15, she became deeply involved in the heroic work of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, participating in nonviolent protests for civil rights.

She joined AT&T at age 19. As a technician, she became one of the first African-American women working outside up on telephone poles. She worked her way up to a management position, put herself through college, started a family and took early retirement after 28 years.

But she didn't stay retired for long. In search of a new, purposeful vocation, she began working with victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Five years later, she moved into substance use disorder counseling (she has her counseling license in Tennessee), which she's been doing for the past 11 years.

That's already far more than a single lifetime's worth of accomplishments for most of us, but Dovie still wants to give more.

When she heard about our new online master's program in Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders, her interest was piqued. "Co-occurring disorders are present so frequently among my patients. I want to be able to address them effectively."

"I've always known about the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, because it sets the standard. Nearly all of the educational materials we use at the treatment centers where I've worked come from Hazelden Publishing," Dovie says. "For years, these have helped me to be a better counselor."

Dovie's not sure where this degree will take her, but she knows she's in the right place. "I think the degree will open doors for me that I don't even know are out there. I'm here for a purpose and a plan. I don't have to know the whole plan—I just have to stay on my side of the street and do the right thing."


Give today and your donation will be doubled!

Our generous Board of Governors—they're the governing body of the Graduate School—has offered to match your donation, dollar for dollar. But only if you give now online at: HazeldenBettyFord.org/GradMatch.

Your donation will have twice the impact if you give now! And that means more committed counselors will join us in changing the lives of individuals and their families, all over the globe.

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