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On July 13, Healthy You will host the second annual Celebrity Chefs 2017 at Bella’s Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Dazzle your date with fantastic dishes prepared by local chefs and local celebrities. Music and a silent auction will also take place at the event. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 334-671-7774. You don’t want to miss Celebrity Chefs 2017! Team members to be announced soon! Money raised will benefit Healthy You programs for formerly incarcerated women and at-risk youth.

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On July 28, Healthy You will host Celebrity Chefs 2016 at Bella’s Ballroom from 6:30 p.m. Dazzle your date with fantastic dishes prepared by local chefs and local celebrities. Music by Legacy and a silent auction will also take place at the event.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 334-671-7774 or through PayPal. If ordering through PayPal, your receipt will serve as your ticket so make sure to bring it with you!





Participating teams are:
Troy Dothan Professor David Arrington and Chef Ryan McCullough with Oak and Olive
Dr. Sam Tarwater and Chef James Ragland with the Dothan Country Club
Mayor Mike Schmitz and Chef Paul Fripp with Sysco
Judge Rose Gordon and Chef Erick Rogers with the Bistro
Radio Personality Skip Nelson and Chef Rick Balzaratti with the Basketcase
DDRA Director Jansen Tidmore and Chef Joe Whaley with Bella’s

Anita Dawkins will serve as emcee with Matt Parker, Dr. LaToya Torrence and Dr. Paul Maddox as food judges. You don’t want to miss Celebrity Chefs 2016! Money raised will benefit Healthy You programs for formerly incarcerated women and at-risk youth.

In the Dothan area, 75 women return to the community from jail or prison each month. These women are often homeless, in desperate need of education, employment and familial support.

Healthy You Inc. provides services to help these women. Genesis II, a transitional home for formerly incarcerated women, offers food, shelter, clothing, classes and case management services to clients in need. Equipped with the proper tools, these women break the cycle of criminal thinking and are able to contribute to their communities in a positive way. Healthy You clients maintain meaningful employment, reunite with their children in a healthy manner, and work towards self-sufficiency. Children are the invisible victims of incarceration. Thousands of children of incarcerated women have been impacted during Healthy You’s 10-year history.

As a preventative measure, Healthy You also teaches healthy relationships and life skills classes to high school students across the state of Alabama. Students learn about conflict resolution, managing emotions, goal setting, financial empowerment, and other skills necessary for success in life. Our classes teach the skills that employers in Alabama look for when hiring. In the past 5 years, an average of 2000 students per year have received these classes in the Dothan area and surrounding counties. A teen leadership program teaches teens how to be the solution to their own problems.

For the past 10 years, Healthy You has been primarily funded by a federal grant. This funding was not renewed. Healthy You wishes to continue offering services to families. Will you consider making a donation to help families in need? Your donation is tax deductible. We appreciate your support. By strengthening families, you are creating a stronger and safer community. Visit www.jtfstraighttalk.com/donate to make a donation.

“Who Am I?”
By: Bridgette Bradley, born in 1973 in the Birmingham area
I am a mother of two
I am a very sweet lady
I am a loving person
I am a lovable person
I am Nice
I am kind
I am eager to learn
I am very emotional
I am too sensitive
I am a good listener
Sometimes I am selfish
I am a strong believer in God
I am a woman of Faith
I am a Recovering Addict

“I am…”
By: Kristal Riddle
I am loving and kind.
I am witty and wise.
I am funny and sweet.
I am trendy and neat.
I am artsy and musical.
I am clever and mystical.
I am often curious and smart.
I am a total kid at heart.
I am patient and humble.
I am no longer a thug that’s ready to rumble.
I am dedicated and committed to my Lord above.
I am full of hope and love.
I’m learning more about myself each day.
I am practicing worrying less and every day I pray.
I am showing forgiveness and the act of letting go.
I am learning to take care of me and how to say no.
I am Kristal: beautiful and strong on my journal to self discovery.
I am deserving and entitled to this thing called recovery.

“Now”
By: Christie Foster, born in 1985
I am truly alive, because I’ve played with death.
I am determined, because I’ve given up to defeat.
I’m whole because I’ve been broken.
I’m courageous because I’ve been a coward.
I am confident because I’ve existed in doubt.
I am strong, because I’ve been weak.
I’m happy, because I’ve been kissed by devastation
I’m sweet, because I’ve had bitterness on my lips.
I am proud, because I’ve walked inside of shame.
I am smart, because I’ve acted in ignorance.
I am silly, because I’ve drowned under depression.
I’m at peace, because I’ve danced in torment.
I am a survivor, because I’ve been a victim.
I am free, because I know the weight of chains.
I’m striving for more, because I’ve settled for less.
I’m worthy because I’ve felt less than human.
I am clean because I’ve been filthy and dirty.
I am wanted, because I’ve known neglect.
I am comforted because I’ve felt lonely.
I’m restored, because I’ve been lost and afraid.
I am seen because I’ve felt invisible.
I am heard, because I’ve been silent with no voice.
I’m standing up, because I’ve been beaten down.
I’m renewed and refreshed because I’ve been sick and tired.
I am redeemed because I’ve been burdened by condemnation.
I am forgiven because I’ve confessed my sins.
I am loved because I am a daughter of God.
I am precious in my Father’s sight.
I am the apple of His eye.
I am protected in the Shadow of His Wings.
I’m wonderfully and beautifully made.
I’m blessed and highly favored.
I am so grateful.

IMG_9962Humility is one of life’s hardest lessons. And it’s a lesson Stacy Hollis was forced to learn.

Stacy was living with her mother in New Brockton and working in property management. She had been working as a bookkeeper and property manager for 150 rental properties for five years, when Stacy was told that $12,000 was missing. Thinking that a deposit was just made in the wrong place, she and her boss began investigating and—after her arrest–found that $93,000 was missing from several accounts. Stacy maintained her innocence, doing everything she could to try to figure out what happened to the money; her boss claimed to believe her but fired her anyway. Several months later, a detective called, requesting she go to the police station. Stacy realized she needed an attorney. Months after that initial call, she was arrested and charged with theft of property. For four long years, Stacy fought the charges.

“I fought as long as I could,” she says. “I knew I didn’t do it. That was a hard, hard time. It’s painful.”

Getting ready to go to trial, Stacy lost her legal representation when she couldn’t afford to hire a CPA to do an audit. Even though she offered to make payment arrangements, she couldn’t find anyone to help her. About that same time, she found out she was pregnant. The day she went to work to tell her boss that she was pregnant, she was fired. They allowed her to stay and train the new property manager so she maintained a job for about one month. Looking back, Stacy now believes that all these things happened for a reason—so she could be a help to other people through her own experiences.

“All three things happened in one week’s time. It was a very painful time and my world was falling apart but I did have good family support.”

Stacy went to court and was appointed with an attorney. Her court date was delayed so her attorney could get up to speed on the case. He told her she would only be put on probation and would not do any time if she pled guilty. A week away from the court date, Stacy’s attorney had no character witnesses, no court appointed CPA and nothing else in place to help Stacy’s case. Stacy knew that they were not prepared to go to trial and her attorney pushed her to make a decision on the spot to change her plea to guilty.

“I was so tired, I just gave up. Part of me is still mad that I didn’t keep fighting because I knew I didn’t do it. But I went back to court and changed my plea to guilty.”

On April 15, Stacy took her son to school, came home, put her daughter in her baby swing. She had her phone on silent so it wouldn’t wake the baby. After doing a little house cleaning, she checked her phone and found a message at 8:58 from her attorney saying she was supposed to be in court at 9 a.m. She never received a notice in the mail telling her about her court date. Immediately, Stacy found a sitter for her daughter and headed to Enterprise for court. They went through the process and the judge went on the DA wanted—13 years of probation and 18 months of prison. Stacy couldn’t believe the judge’s decision. Stacy’s attorney could offer no reason as to why the DA asked for jail time even after they were advised to change the plea.

“When I heard 18 months in prison I remember thinking there was no way I just heard what I thought I heard. All I could do was cry.”

Stacy had one week and a half to say goodbye to her seven month old daughter and 15 year old son. Her son moved to Texas so he could live with his father. He didn’t want to go but it was what Stacy felt was the right thing to do. Stacy didn’t want her son to visit because she didn’t want him to see her in jail. She didn’t want him to make those kind of memories about his mother. They talked on the phone and wrote letters. But she did see her daughter. Her boyfriend brought her to visitation and she was always happy to see mom.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. I can’t ever get that time back and that’s what hurts the worst,” Stacy says.

As hard as the time spent in prison was, Stacy is now able to see the blessings hidden in the situation. Three hundred women were housed at Montgomery Women’s Facility. The loud, crowded prison had no air conditioning. Stacy was able to work at Wendy’s through a work release program. Working at Wendy’s was a humbling experience for Stacy. She was often treated differently from the other employees due to the fact that she was an inmate. The prison kept 40 percent of her salary plus $15 per month for laundry. But Stacy knew working and doing what she was told was her ticket home.

“I learned almost on a daily basis that I had to trust God. God taught me to be humble and depend on him.”

Stacy’s boyfriend hired an attorney to try to get her out of prison early. After her shocking experience the last time she was in court, Stacy was hesitant to return. So she turned to some bible verses she had saved about fear. Before her incarceration, Stacy felt she was led to read the book of Jeremiah. She believed that she was being told that though she may struggle, God will prevail. She felt that God was telling her not to be scared. Stacy went to court and argued that she could pay more restitution if she was allowed to leave jail and get a full time job. Based on that argument, She was allowed to come home early.

“It was painful but I am so thankful,” she says.

Stacy’s daughter was 20 months old when she got home. While there was a transitional period for a couple of weeks to get reacquainted, her daughter never forgot who her mom was. Stacy’s 17 year old son still lives in Texas. Since her early released was based on Stacy finding a full time job, she immediately went on a job search. She was hired by one company but was asked to leave after they found out about her charge. Once again, Stacy felt she could see God’s hand in the events of her life. Even before her experiences, Stacy wanted to help people but didn’t know how. While in prison, she took Healthy You’s Just the Facts: Life Skills class and signed up for case management. She knew employment would be hard but everything lined up so she could be at Healthy You. She now works as Resident Manager at Genesis II, Healthy You’s transitional home for formerly incarcerated women.

“I absolutely love my job. God taught me and protected me while i was in and he still is,” she says. “I feel like I am helping these women but they also help me.”

Marriage is more than just a wedding. The road to happily ever after is paved with love, forgiveness, gratitude and trust. The Just the Facts Healthy Marriage Workshop on April 14, 21, and 28 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Healthy You will help couples young and old discover their full potential. Call 334-671-7774 to register.

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