When Lacee McCorkle connected to Goodwill Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in 2019, she was at a turning point in her life. She had recently graduated from a recovery home after 15 years of drug use and a period of incarceration.
“I was homeless and hopeless prior to sobriety,” Lacee said. “I had no responsibilities and no drive to achieve a better life.”
After learning she was pregnant with twins, her probation officer encouraged her to enroll in Goodwill NFP for additional support. Goodwill NFP is a maternal health program that pairs first-time moms with a registered nurse who makes home visits from pregnancy until the child is two years old.
“I am nearly 5 years sober, a married, stay-at-home mother of two-year-old twins, and will graduate from Purdue University Global this summer,” Lacee said. “One of the greatest things I can attribute to my success is the Nurse-Family Partnership program.”
Empowered through her own hard-earned success, Lacee is eager to pay it forward in her community.
“When I was released, I realized there is a lack of rehabilitative services for women,” Lacee said.
She now leads a support group at the Shelby County Jail that prepares women for life once they’re released from incarceration. She also earned a Peer Recovery certification, which allows her to work with individuals struggling with addiction. She couldn’t have imagined it at the time, but that turning point four years ago has exceeded her expectations.
“My kids not only changed my life – they saved my life,” Lacee said.
To learn more about Goodwill Nurse-Family Partnership, visit: goodwillindy.org/nfp