Donna Mae DePola, president and CEO of The Resource Training Center and author of “Twelve Tins,” will be sharing her story of resilience and hope at a Nar-Anon meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at St. Mary’s of Swormville School, 6919 Transit Road, East Amherst. The event is open to the public.
In 1994, DePola founded The Resource Training Center, a nonprofit organization that provides the educational opportunity required to become a Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State. From a single location in Brooklyn, TRTC has since expanded into Manhattan, Queens, Beacon and Buffalo. Additionally, TRTC administers the New York State Drinking Driver Program, in which DWI offenders must participate in order to retain their driver's license. TRTC has also partnered with Mother’s Against Drunk Driving to present the Victim Impact Panel, a court-mandated seminar for DWI offenders.
Based on a true story, “Twelve Tins” details DePola’s own experience dealing with sexual abuse, drug use, crime and self-destruction. She is also the author of “You’re Crazier Than I Am,” a cartoon book that looks at substance abuse and alcohol treatment from the client and counselor perspective.
Locally, The Resource Training Center can be found in the Harlem Road Community Center at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, with Monica Farrar serving as program director. For more information, please call 983-2258 or follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348.