by Sharon Burden, National Narrative Shifter, FII-Detroit
During my interview I asked Kathleen, why did you join FII?
She responded, “I kept hearing about FII in conversation with others and happen to see an FII cohort in action, offering an Easter egg hunt at Brilliant Detroit Cody Rouge. I wanted to be a part of a group doing something like that. So I kept asking and looking for information. One day I went to a community baby shower and met an FII representative … and the rest as they say is history. I am coming to the end of my second year in September.”
Kathleen was no stranger to the UpTogether Fund either. The funds allowed her the opportunity to cover expenses for a brunch she threw last April called, “Women In Sobriety.” It allowed her to have the down payment on a truck so that she could get around without being afraid to venture outside of the city for fear she’d break down on the side of the road. The funds allowed her to take 2 mini vacays.
When asked what is the 1 thing being part of FII has taught her, Kathleen responded, “FII taught me to be more accountable to myself and to always consider the outcome of the events or deeds I do.”