My guest this past week on Wise woman Storytime , Mary Carouba, had some hard beginnings. A troubled childhood took her on a path of numbing out, acting out and giving up on life. Bottomed out in her early 20’s, life seemed dismal and hopeless. Mary didn’t know who she was, had no idea what life might have to offer and truly thought that she would not live a long life.
But life didn’t work out that way. When Mary entered Delancey Street her life and her outlook on life would forever be changed. It was there that Mary discovered who really she was – and it wasn’t that numbed out drug addict- but instead a woman with tremendous gifts, a loving and caring heart and someone who understood the power of reaching out and helping others, known in the community as “Each one teach one.”
Today, Mary lives by Delancy Street’s credo. She has infused this philosophy into every aspect of her many careers, her life and world view. Whether through her profession as a treatment program coordinator, social worker, consultant, stand-up comic or her speaking engagements, writings, service and work, Mary is dedicated to helping others, She is committed to helping others see the endless possibilities for their own lives and through her own example offers hope and possibility for all.
Mary Carouba walks the talk. “Each one teach one” is at the heart of who she is and how she lives. Listen to her inspiring story. There are lessons here for all of us.
By Roberta Teller