County inmates work toward brighter future
Sarah Gollner NWI.com
of women who lost their lives to addiction hang on the walls in a room at the
Porter County Jail.
images serve as a constant reminder for those in the Porter County Jail Chemical
Dependency and Abuse Program. These women are taking steps toward a
much brighter future.
don't want to be somebody else on the wall," Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain
told the group at their graduation ceremony on Tuesday. This marked the 58th
graduation ceremony for this program since forming 12 years ago by former Porter
County Sheriff David Reynolds.
faith in you," Lain said. "I want to be your cheerleader."
Lain spoke, three women shared their "Goodbye Letters," letters they wrote as a
final farewell to their addiction.
One graduate told her story of heroin use that ended the life of her father and
her best friend of 17 years. She couldn't fight the tears as she spoke of the
hurt her addiction has caused her.
Another woman who graduated from the program a few weeks ago suffered from an
alcohol and marijuana addiction. She spoke about the benefits she's experienced
living a sober life and said she will continue to move forward.
the letters, community members and supporters in attendance took turns
expressing words of encouragement and hope to these women. Among several
visitors was Rocco (Rocky) Schiralli, CEO of Porter-Starke Services, Indiana
State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, and Dr. Mann Spitler III who lost his daughter to
heroin use in 2002.