Nakia RhoneWe’ve shared our efforts before to promote reading proficiency among our peers.  Today we want to share how one peer is using her own reading skills to share the power of the written word with others.

Nakia Rhone recently completed the book “Blues from Down Deep” by Gwynne Foster, reading during breaks at the center.  After she finished the 296-page book, she was eager to share the message of the book with her peers.


“The book was fun to read,” Nakia told others during her recent book review. “It was about an African-American woman, Regina, who had not learned about her family.” Nakia went on to describe the plot of the book, much of which focused on a 40-year-old family grudge.


Nakia concluded, “The book was a reminder that we all should be aware of our family and do what we can to be in touch with them.”


For individuals with long-term mental health or substance abuse problems, family relationships often become strained over the years.  Mending family relationships is a critical part of the recovery process for many peers.  We’d like to think that Nakia’s sharing of the book’s message served as a helpful reminder to others. We look forward to more of our peers learning the power of reading!


In the photo above, Nakia enjoys a reading break between scheduled groups at the center.

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