Genia Steele, Volunteer Profile

March 04, 2015 | Genia Steele

When did you get involved with this organization?

“November 2014”


What attracted you to the cause?

“I saw a story on TV right after the love to the new location. I can’t really describe it but I just got a feeling that this is where I need to be to help others. I live in a small town in Minnesota and there was not much opportunity to be connected with others in recovery so I felt that this would be a great fit for me! I also was attracted to the idea that each individual needs to create their own pathway to recovery.”


What are your activities and what do they involve?

“I make Telephone Recovery Support calls and am now a Certified Recovery Coach!”


What motivates you to stay involved?

“I love hearing positive stories about others’ journeys through the recovery process. I like to help with the process of restoration of faith and humanity.”


Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

“It feels good to be able to contribute my time to help the staff members here. I know that if I wasn’t here, they would have more work to do.”


Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?

“My Mother is my inspiration because she was very involved in AA and helping others. She is no longer living, but I feel through my volunteer work that I am carrying on her legacy and that she would be so proud of what I am doing!”


Do you have a message you want to share?

“To those struggling to get into recovery, I would like you to know that there is fun and joy in life outside of drinking. Life is so much better now that I can remember what I did the night before!”