DETROIT (WWJ) – A graduating class of a different kind picked up diplomas at the Salvation Army’s rehabilitation center in downtown Detroit Monday.
Universal-Motown recording artist Kem was on hand to applaud the hard work of the graduates from the 3rd Circuit Adult Drug Court program.
Kem tells WWJ that homelessness and substance abuse are two issues he’s very familiar with:
“Because of my own background with substance abuse and being homeless in the streets of Detroit, anytime I have an opportunity to give back on this level, it’s a good thing,” says Kem.
Like most others, substance abusers and the homeless are struggling with problems, but they tend to deal with them in a destructive way he says.
“I met some people who showed me a better way to live, my recovery began in this building at Salvation Army on Fort Street,” adds Kem.
Kem says he is still practicing the self-help techniques he learned in the residential program.