Josh Stowe | July 10, 2018
Five years ago, Joe Radzikowski ’96 faced a turning point. Years of intermittent alcohol and drug abuse had caught up with him, and he faced criminal charges and an ultimatum from his wife, who told him he needed to turn things around.
That’s when Radzikowski sought help from Trinity Life Ministry, a faith-based nonprofit in Lafayette, Ind. that provides an intensive residential recovery program for men struggling with addiction. The decision to enter a months-long program was difficult, since it required time away from his wife, Melanie, and daughter, Emma, but it paid off.
The program enabled him to build a new life of recovery and faith, a life he now uses to help others as Trinity’s development and communications director, where he helps find crucial funding and resources while directing public relations and marketing efforts for the nonprofit. Last year, Trinity helped more than 60 clients and added a family program to support their loved ones, and the organization plans to expand services to a neighboring county in 2019.
“That experience has propelled me into a new track in my life and a new purpose: serving Christ,” Radzikowski says. “I believe that in God’s economy, nothing is wasted. My past struggles are an asset.”
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