“Just Like Me”

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

We are pleased to be participating in an exciting new project – “Just Like Me”, a chronicle of addiction and the transformation of recovery – a collaboration by the young women of the Phoenix House Lake Ronkonkoma Mother and Child Program and acclaimed photographer and educator, Rob Goldman.

This project profiles a group of young women from our Mother and Child Program as they share their stories first hand, giving a face and a name to the struggle of addiction as well as the miracles of self-awareness, recovery and hope.  Through the presentation of their experiences, audiences will realize that these young women are “just like me”, even though their circumstances and life choices have led them to a dreadful affliction.  They have chosen to seek help, residing with their infants at Phoenix House in an effort to put their turbulent lives back on track and regain self-esteem, spirit, health and strength. Their transformations are poignant and awe inspiring.

As this special multimedia project progresses,  the “Just Like Me” experience is planning to include an interactive exhibit, documentary film, and book of fine photography. The potential of the exhibit to become a traveling installation for education/prevention opportunities at the high school level is also being considered. As this multimedia art presentation develops, we will continue to provide updates on its progress. We are truly fortunate to be working with Rob on this exciting endeavor.

Photography & Video by Rob Goldman, music by Alan Semerdjian.

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