Grateful Recovering Addict, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Team Leader,
Accredited Investor, and Real Estate Agent with over 15 years of Experience. Martin has started and assisted in running multiple successful businesses. Currently specializing in communal housing projects.
"I'm passionate about community building and I'm seeking to spend the rest of my time on this planet helping make positive change."
Petros, a person of recovery for over 7 years, actively used drugs for over 28 years and bought into a lifestyle contrary to how he was raised. He understands hopelessness and what it feels like to be controlled by something that was killing him from the inside out, wanting to stop, but could not find the ability to do so. On May 8, 2014, in a jail cell in Eastern Regional County Jail in Martinsburg, West Virginia, he cried out for help, surrendered his will and his life, and began his recovery journey.
Today, only through grace and mercy, has he been able to have years of recovery experience. He has been given the opportunity to live his life to the fullest and understands that being of service to his people - those that suffer from substance-use disorder and co-occurring mental health.
Petros is now a productive and healthy member of society whose passion is raising awareness for the need for treatment and aftercare. Petros has worked for a health organization for the past 6 years in providing addiction treatment and has also operated several recovery houses for over 3 years. He is also a mentor in showing how to live a life substance free. He focuses on his life’s purpose which is to remain humble and continue to learn how to be a trusted servant with integrity to his loving, caring GOD, and to leave a legacy of love because that is what HE continues to do for him daily.
“Recovery is not given, it’s a choice.” Petros Colla
Shelley has over 25 years’ experience in grants management, budgeting, and financial analysis. She brings empathy and compassion to our mission as she has personally experienced family members struggle with addiction.
Seeing the struggle of individuals coming from jail or being homeless and having nothing, to make better choices and thriving is an amazing sight. The saying – everyone deserves to go home – has encouraged her to help in any way that she can.
Jack is highly motivated with a strong work ethic, positive attitude and outlook,
extraordinary mentoring skills, passionate care for his chemically dependent clients, and dedication to the successful outcome for long-term, continuing recovery of the clients.
Some of his career highlights include:
● Many of his past clients whom I mentored and for whom I provided peer
support are now productive members of society who exhibit good recovery
programs and continued sobriety and who now mentor and sponsor other addicts in early recovery.
● Certified Med Tech
● Certified Smoking Cessation
● Certified CPR
● Certified Naloxone (Narcan) Administrator
● Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
● Registered Peer Supervisor
"Martin is sure that I will be Governor of Maryland someday."
Christina has been working in the behavioral health field since 2017. She specializes in program development and has experience with operations, admissions, medical, and clinical teams. Christina has a bachelor's degree in psychology, is working on a master's in social work, and is an Alcohol and Drug Trainee counselor.
Christina is passionate about helping others with addiction and mental health and takes an solution-based approach while treating the mind, body, and spirit. She believes that one of biggest keys to success in recovery is supportive, community-based housing. Building safe housing environments that are affordable, accessible, and sustainable are essential for helping people maintain long term sobriety.
Recovering Addict. Spent 10 years in the United States Army and served 2 combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Developed a substance abuse disorder while enlisted. Kyle currently works in treatment and hopes one day to work with veterans and assist them.
Gratitude Foundation's House Manager at Harvest House Cumberland, Maryland and recovering addict/alcoholic. I have been in and out of rehab and halfway houses since 1999. It's been a long road to recovery. Getting to the Harvest House in 2022 was the best move I could have made. At first I felt completely defeated, but with little hope, the help of my sponsor, meetings, and the Gratitude Foundation I am now living the life I always wanted. So grateful to be involved with everyone on this team. So many people were involved in setting me on the path to recovery and I cannot thank them enough. Now I get to be someone who does that for the next guy.
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Gratitude Foundation, Inc.'s mission is to provide a supportive, safe, and clean structured housing program for adults recovering from substance use disorder and other challenges. The Gratitude Foundation’s Feel Deal Heal Program aims to reduce existing gaps in services. This program will provide structured recovery housing while assisting individuals in becoming fully self-supporting and productive members of society. The program is based on a graduation system of learning with six subjects of concentration— mental health, physical health, financial health, educational health, social health, and lifestyle health.
This program will benefit those who are overcoming a substance use disorder, and in need of stable housing while providing a vigorous program individualized to improve each participant’s lifestyle. Your donation will allow for the necessary support services to adequately assist the target population. The program will be expanding the Gratitude Foundation’s existing operations.