Your Contributions Impact
Cleveland’s Troubled Youth.
Colleen, 18, started using drugs in middle school and struggled
with substance abuse throughout her teenage years. With a family
history of chemical and alcohol dependency, her first time at
New Directions adolescent treatment center was unsuccessful.
She received a second chance with the program, and after about
six months, she was released. Now, she’s been sober for more than
ten months and has moved back in with her mother and three sisters.
She actively attends recovery meetings while mentoring other teens
with similar struggles. She will graduate from highschool through
Cuyahoga Community College in the spring and is looking forward
to going to college in the fall.
The funding that United Way provides to programs like
New Directions helps make transformations like Colleen’s possible.
With your support, we can continue to help New Directions empower
youth and their families in their pursuit of recovery by focusing
on social relationships, wellness and coordination among ongoing