Yolanda’s Story

Yolanda and her son, Akili.

Yolanda and her son, Akili.


It all started when…

Yolanda and her son came to Perspectives in 2013 after she finally grew tired of feeding an addiction that had started at age 14 on the streets of Chicago. Today she is celebrating six years of sobriety with her family.

It took Yolanda a while to seek out help. She hit rock bottom. She made the decision that she needed to make a change for her son.

Five years ago, as a resident in our Supportive Housing Program, Yolanda recorded this Story of Hope at Perspectives. 

Through the treatment she received at Perspectives, Yolanda was able to maintain sobriety, receive specialized mental health and addiction support, and stabilize her household, for herself and her youngest son.

Today Yolanda works at Perspectives as a Peer Recovery Specialist and a Resident Manager. She offers her unique history with others in the Perspectives Supportive Housing Program. Yolanda prides herself on being able to sniff out a lie. As a peer, she leverages her experience to help the women working to recover from addiction and move their lives forward.

Yolanda’s story shows on our programs empower mothers so that they can begin to rebuild their lives and their families!

MinnPost documented Yolanda’s recovery story and featured her in June 2018. Click on the link below to see the feature.