Meet Krista

"Those first steps are truly hard. When I finally became willing, my life truly changed for the better. I have found my tribe and I keep them so close to me on my recovery journey.” 

Krista, 49, recovering from alcohol abuse


a story of Recovery

For addiction, treatment is simply not enough. 

Addiction to substances—opioids, alcohol and others—continues to impact people of all ages, genders, races and socioeconomic classes. The deep and devastating effects of the opioid epidemic in particular has made national headlines in recent years. Like other chronic diseases, staying well requires ongoing commitment. Recovery programs provide support from a community of people with similar experiences, and a safe, non-judgmental place where health and recovery is valued. 


Krista's story is an example of how United Way works to prevent substance abuse.

Krista, 49 of Burlington, fondly and repeatedly mentions her “tribe.” That tribe refers to her network of peers who have provided her with recovery support from alcohol abuse since September of 2017. 

Loss and trauma had left Krista struggling with hopelessness, lack of self-worth and disappointment, so she had turned to alcohol to self-medicate. After completing treatment, Krista discovered a recovery program at Turning Point of Chittenden County through a friend who was also in recovery. 

As soon as Krista walked through the doors, she immediately felt positive energy and a welcoming vibe. She began to participate in a peer support program, taking art and yoga classes and meeting and connecting with her “tribe” – others in recovery who are looking for a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment through which to heal. 

Now, Krista is a trained recovery yoga teacher and, with the help of a recent United Way grant, was hired on as a peer support staff member. She understands the importance of a listening ear to someone who has had similar life events and hopes to give back to others what was given to her. 


Support for individuals in recovery is essential to their success in staying substance-free. We’re providing funding for Turning Point programs in Chittenden and Franklin Counties, offering individuals a safe and substance-free space to seek support. Peer support at both locations offer listening, encouragement and partnership in addition to help seeking resources for housing, mental health, employment and other issues.



We support programs that provide and support recovery, prevention, youth mentoring, and treatment. We're also a leader in the creation of the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, a collaborative partnership of non-profit, private and government stakeholders working together to address the opioid crisis in Chittenden County. By supporting both community programs and partnerships that address broad systemic changes, we’re playing an important role in reducing the impacts of substance abuse throughout Northwest Vermont. 



Help us continue the fight to prevent substance abuse and ensure we can provide treatment and recovery for everyone who needs it.