Hello my name is Michelle Shipley-Green, I am a 42 year old single mom, who was on drugs from the ages of 14 to 36. I was serving a 6 year sentence for attempted robbery. While being incarcerated at MCIW in Jessup, I had time to think how my life had spun out of control due to drugs. I was paroled to the TAP program on February 23, 2010. While in the program, I did what the program suggested I do, and I didn’t buck at the system. I surrendered to the process of recovery. I did what was required of me in my contract. In 6 months time, I completed the 28 day inpatient treatment substance abuse program at the Tuerk house and received the group and individual counseling I needed.
For the next 3 to 4 months, I continued to attend group and individual sessions for outpatient treatment at the Baltimore Community Resource Center. My recovery is still an ongoing process. During the 6 months I was a resident of the Marian Transitional House, I attended groups and classes, such as life skills, anger management, women’s rap, job readiness, and addictions class. I also attended NA/AA meetings on daily basis and obtained my GED. I graduated from the TAP program in February 2011, had my own corridor in the Independent Housing Facility at Women’s Housing Coalition, and started working at Bon Secour Hospital as a dietary cook. I got married in August 2011 and now have my own home with my husband and two sons, who I received full custody of in early 2012.
I thank the TAP program for showing me the love I needed to live and how to make it through some of the rough patches in my life, and for that I am truly grateful. I got a second chance at life and I am not looking back. To this day, I still knock on TAP’s doors to check in with everybody. I am stable and doing what is required of me. I am looking forward to being off parole in January 2013. I am moving forward from here on out and you can too. Be blessed.