Terri Whitney

“Terri Whitney is all about resilience.”   

The challenges that Terri has confronted in her life would surely have overwhelmed a less resilient woman. She’s faced career shifts with ease: from food service to church administration, to marketing and sales (she’s even driven a tractor-trailer!). She’s a recovered alcoholic with 25 years of sobriety. She even found the courage to leave an abusive relationship.

As talented and resourceful as Terri has proven to be, she was no match for the intense depression that overcame her in 2011. She was in and out of the hospital so often in the ensuing years that even she can’t tell you how many times. Eventually, she was referred to Alternatives’ Mental Health Services in Leominster.

It’s been about two years since Terri came to Alternatives and much has changed. The woman who couldn’t even tell her Employment Connector what kind of job she might want, now talks enthusiastically about her new business venture – teaching Temari, an ancient Japanese art form, and selling the Temari thread balls she creates.

She’s taught privately, as well as classes at the Leominster Boys & Girls Club and the Leominster Art Center and Gallery. Come spring, she’ll be teaching at the The Fitchburg Art Museum! Terri says that art gave her a way to connect with herself, a gift wants to share with others.

Terri is grateful for the support she received from her Alternatives’ Counselor and Employment Connector in her recovery journey. “They loved me back to health,” says Terri.

We’re proud of the strides Terri has taken and glad we were able to help.