Last year, we shared Novillia’s story. As a young woman, she struggled with substance use, and spent years in and out of the justice system. Since then, Novillia has beaten the odds. She completed a bachelor’s degree, found sobriety, and gained employment skills through our Employment Services program. Currently a business owner, her company, A Sigh of Relief, seeks to uplift other people with justice involvement that are looking to turn around their lives.
Novillia is also an accomplished poet—while incarcerated, she wrote a number of works detailing her thoughts, emotions, and situation. “Oh God, Do You Forgive Even Me?” is a powerful piece that expresses the depths and struggles of substance use.
Listen to the powerful poem in the video below:
Novillia hopes she can enlighten others through her creative work.
At The Fortune Society, we fully support this mindset. Those in our community often share their experiences through creative writing, theater, music, visual art, and more, and find that art has both therapeutic and social impact.
*Article by Carmen Rojas