Sharing the hope with individuals I serve 

February 25, 2020

We’re honored to feature Kerry Hart in our monthly blog series. Kerry is a person in long-term recovery who chose to go back to school after 23 years in recovery.  She is currently pursuing her Peer Support Program Certificate at Rutgers University School of Health Professions.  Here, she talks about her recovery, how she feels about receiving a scholarship from Ammon Foundation and her future career goals.  Enjoy! 

How do you feel about being selected for this scholarship? 

Kerry: I feel very grateful to have been selected by the Ammon Foundation for this scholarship to help me better my career. 

Tell us a little about yourself and your recovery.

Kerry: I have been in recovery for 23 years, it has been quite a journey. I have learned so much about myself and have been through a lot. I went into a recovery house with my child and this laid the foundation for my recovery.  They took me to 12-step meetings, so when I completed the program I was already established in the community. I still – to this day – attend meetings and believe in their concept of living in recovery. I have a sponsor who I work with, and I pass on what I learned to the newcomer coming to the meeting for the first time. 

When I was actively using drugs, I really lost so much hope in myself and thought there was no way out of the drug bondage I was in. I never thought I could go back to school or even get a job. It wasn’t until I reached my bottom that I knew I had a choice, and that I can make something of myself. 

What are your educational and career goals? 

Kerry: I plan to complete this Peer Support Training and keep the job I have as a Peer Health Navigator. Out of all the jobs I had in recovery, this one is definitely the most rewarding for me.  I love what I do because I am able to be a person in recovery and share the hope with the individuals I serve. 

What are some of the biggest hurdles you encountered in going to school? 

Kerry: The single biggest hurdle is not having the money for school. This is why I am grateful I learned about the Ammon Foundation, and their willingness to help people in recovery get the education they are seeking. 

– Kerry Hart, Recovery Date: 03/01/1996, Rutgers University School of Health Professions, Peer Support Program Certificate 

The Ammon Foundation believes that when individuals are holistically and strategically supported to build purposeful lives, the likelihood of them maintaining their recovery substantially increases. We provide this support via our Ammon Recovery Scholars Program. Our program goals include: removing financial barriers through financial scholarships; providing strategic support for recipients through offering personal, professional and academic support; and creating a supportive peer community committed to combating the stigma associated with addiction by promoting that recovery is possible. We are committed to giving away at least $150,000 in scholarships annually and are looking to fund education as a stepping stone to stable employment, safe housing and adequate healthcare. To find out more about our programs, or to apply for an educational scholarship, please click here or email