Beverly joined the ACOF community in 2006 and currently resides in the City of Los Angeles. After suffering from humiliation, fear, and hopelessness, she was able to find a home and community within ACOF. Beverly recalls her journey “very difficult, you are not able to see mental illness, so people can be condescending. I did not understand myself or what was happening to me.” Since becoming a member of the ACOF community, Beverly has been able to better manage her mental health, is now able to convey her emotions in a healthy manner, and has been able to witness the success of her children quoting “ACOF helped very much in putting our lives back together.” Beverly is extremely proud and joyful to have been able to regain a relationship with her children and be able to celebrate their many accomplishments. Her children now have admirable careers, her son works as a certified chef and her daughter is an attorney.
In addition, Beverly was the recipient of A Community of Friends’s Achievement Award in 2011, has been active with various non-profit organizations helping others in any way she can, and has received various certificates of accomplishments by the City of Los Angeles from trainings she has completed.