Julie’s Story

Engaging in Her Community

Julie Sorrels

Family and Children's Services

Julie Sorrels hit bottom in October 2011. She had failed to meet the terms of her probation on a drug charge and was picked up on a warrant. But, what she didn’t know at the time, was that this was really the beginning of her story. Because at that point, Julie was offered a place in Family and Children’s Services’ Women in Recovery program.

“Before Women in Recovery, I had lost everything I ever had several times over, and had been homeless for three years. My 10 ½-year career as a social worker was over. I had become estranged from everyone I loved. The worst part was that I had lost hope completely,” says Julie.

Women in Recovery provides an alternative to incarceration for female offenders. The program offers treatment for addiction and trauma, family reunification support, education and job training.

“I had reached the end of myself and came to a point of surrender,” says Julie. “I believed that I had to have the drugs, but when they were out of my system, I felt good.”

Julie graduated from the Women in Recovery program in December 2013 and she hasn’t looked back to her old life since. She’s been clean and sober for six years. Julie has a great job with Workforce Tulsa and was recently promoted to manager of operations. She is also very involved in her community. This is a special point of pride for Julie.

“In addiction, everything was secret. Now I’m engaged in my community. Before I had to be enough by myself – now I know it’s OK to ask for help,” says Julie.

“I can be completely transparent with my gifts and weaknesses. I don’t have to worry about being me.”