Stories of Hope

ARCHway believes in recovery from the disease of addiction.

Igniting Hope: The Story of a Community Lighting the Way to Recovery, coverIgniting Hope: The Story of a Community Lighting the Way to Recovery

Announcing the release of this long awaited book! Read the press release here.

ARCHway story of HOPE: Charles Huether

Charles Huether

Charles Huether is in long-term recovery from alcohol use disorder. He is an ARCHway volunteer and Advocate for HOPE. He believes in recovery because he, himself, recovered! ...
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Kayla Lammers ARCHway Story of HOPE

Kayla Lammers

Kayla started using opiates when she was just 15 years old. She explained that she felt lost, and she lacked purpose and self-esteem as a child. Her father struggled with addiction and her mother wasn’t quite ready to be a mom, so her grandmother really raised her and has always ...
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Sharon's Recovery Story for ARCHway

Sharon Chapman

Interviewed by Emily Jung

Sharon started using drugs when she was just 15 years old. She not only overcame her substance use disorder, she also overcame the abusive household she grew up in and the abandonment she felt due to her mother’s substance use.

Sharon has been through a great ...
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Liz Connors' story of hope

Liz Connors, her Journey of Recovery & Work in the Field

Interviewed by Emily Jung

Liz Connors has her Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University. She is currently working at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health on the Connecting the DOTS Project, where she strives to transform interactions between first responders and people who use drugs, as well as ...
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Wilbur Smith, Calusa Recovery, Ft. Myers Florida

Wilbur Smith, Journey in Recovery

Interviewed by Emily Jung

Today, Wilbur Smith enjoys every second of the life he is living, because he can live it. Whereas seven years ago, in the midst of active addiction, he wasn’t truly living. He was just trying to get through each minute, hour, and day. He was struggling ...
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ARCHway Institute Story of Hope, Chase Martinson

Chase Martinson

Interviewed by Emily Jung

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year… [and] 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression,” (

People with ...
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Don Willey, ARCHway Institute Story of Hope

Don Willey’s story as a Caregiver

Interviewed by By Emily Jung

Don Willey is the Business Manager for Laborers’ Local 110 in St. Louis. He joined the local in 1984 and worked for various contractors such as Fred Weber, McCarthy Brothers, K & S, J.S. Alberici, and Tarlton. In 1999 he joined the local staff as ...
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ARCHway Institute, Dr. Fred Rottnek, Hope Fund Sponsor

Fred Rottnek, MD, MAHCM

Interviewed by Emily Jung
View the interview video at the bottom of this page.

Dr. Rottnek is a Professor and the Director of Community Medicine at Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program.

He is a graduate of the Saint Louis University ...
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Heidi Schmeling, ARCHway Institute Hope Fund Sponsor

Heidi Schmeling
A Beacon of Hope for Others

Heidi is in long term recovery with a sober birthday of December 26, 2012.

Today, seven years later, she is working in a career she loves as an interior designer, is a wonderful mother to her son, Oliver, and is surrounded by a support system of family and ...
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Eric Gentry, Story of Recovery & HOPE

Eric Gentry

Sharing his Journey of Recovery

As Eric Gentry was interviewed, anyone observing could see the heartache that he has endured as well as the triumph he has felt throughout his recovery, leading him to the life he enjoys today. His tone and mannerisms changed drastically from the beginning to the ...
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We Thank These Stories of HOPE Sponsors!

These sponsors are "team fundraising" to cover the costs of the Stories of HOPE. If you would like to help, please use the donation form on this page, designating which team you wish to support.

ARCHway Institute is also looking for 2 more sponsors for this project. Sponsorships are $5,000 and can be paid over a two year period. Sponsors will be recognized, including their logo, on all electronic and printed materials.

For more information on sponsoring, contact Dan Stuckey at

ARCA Midwest, ARCHway Book of Hope Sponsor
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