BALTIMORE — Today is the start of a new life for 130 men and women in Baltimore.
After years of drug addiction, poverty, homelessness and despair, the group graduated from the Helping Up Mission long-term residential spiritual recovery program.
The program requires participants to abstain from drugs and alcohol for at least 6 months or more, attend 12-step meetings and undergo educational and vocational training.
Ramon Croussett, a graduate -- said he now feels hopeful about his future.
"I had been second in and out of addiction for the last 15 years and I came in here broken with just the clothes on my back and not only did they give you that dignity back, they helped me find a plan, stick to a plan, and just be able to be patient and stick through the process," said Croussett.
And this is the first year women graduated. The program for women began last September.
Helping up mission is also accepting donations -- you can contribute through their amazon wishlist or visit their website for more information on products they need.