Getting to know Danielle…
“My favorite cookie is Oatmeal Raisin!”
Q: What would you say was the biggest factor that lead to your decision to use the first time?
A: “I was in an abusive relationship with a distorted sense of what love really was. I allowed peer pressure to get the best of me.”
Q: At what point did you make the decision that you were going to get clean and stop using drugs?
A: “I relapsed in November 2016 and ran from my probation for two months. I realized how bad I’d gotten and turned myself in and was ordered to go to Lovelady center in Birmingham. I completed and graduated after 9 months. It helped save my life.”
Q: Before you knew about Color Code Cookies, did you have hopes of being able to find a steady job?
A: “ I had hopes of finding a good job, but I’m a convicted felon with two pending drug charges so I knew that it would be very hard to find a job.”
Q: How has your life changed since working at Color Code Cookies?
A: “Getting this job has been a major blessing to me. I was worried about moving back home and if I’d be able to find a decent job. I love my job and actually enjoy getting up and coming to work every morning.”
Q: What does working for Color Code Cookies mean to you?
A: “To me this job means a second chance to get my life right. To have a job where I am not judged because of my past is a true blessing.”
Q: Is the work environment at Color Code Cookies different than other places you have worked?
A: “Here they work with us on court dates and reporting dates for probation. Most places aren’t likely to work with you on those things.”
Q: What hopes do you have for you and your family’s future?
A: “I hope to make a career and grow within this company.”
Q: What do you think about our mission to offer second chance employment to women?
A: “I think it is an amazing thing Color Code Cookies does for us. We have a place to work where we aren’t judged or treated differently because of our past. We are given a chance to show who we really are even though we may have made some mistakes.”
Q: Do you see yourself differently now that you have overcome addiction?
A: “Yes, I see myself completely different. I’m “me” again… the good me. I lost myself while in addiction and by choosing to live a sober life, I have found myself again!”
Q: What is the greatest need you see for women trying to turn their lives away from addiction and towards recovery?
A: “We need a second chance at life to prove we can overcome. Color Code Cookies provides just that for women. We have a safe, drug-free environment to work in, and I am thankful for that!”