Drug Court participant makes ‘Dreams Come True’

by Celia Shortt

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Adrian Starks has been using his days in the Coweta County Drug Court to help needy Coweta families receive what they need at Christmas this year, through his community project “A Dream Come True.”

In order to graduate from drug court, Starks has to complete a community project. He thought of “A Dream Come True” through his own experience of growing up in a single-parent home and knowing what it is like to struggle.

“For me, it’s more than a project,” he said. “It’s about serving families who were in a similar situation to me and my family.”

After coming up with the idea four months ago, Starks created and distributed applications for people in the community to fill out. From there, five families were picked, based on their life story, what they needed, and what they wrote on their application.

“We tried to get everything for them that we could,” he said.

Through Starks’ hard work, he was able to provide clothing items, household items, and presents for the five families. He had friends who “adopted” families and purchased items for them as well. He also received donations from businesses in the community.

On Saturday, Starks held a banquet where the families were presented with their gifts.

“I’m blessed that I was chosen,” said Maria Martinez-Ferrer at the banquet. “It was well worth it (filling out the application). It’s a great organization. Adrian has been great and done a lot.”

Martinez-Ferrer is pregnant with twins and said she filled out the application because her family needed help. Some of what she asked for were household supplies and clothes for the kids.

Throughout the course of the project, Starks received help and support from others in the drug program, as well his own case worker.

“He did a good job, picking out the families and organizing the event,” said his case worker, Shatel Huntley. “He is taking it very seriously and helping out a lot of families.”

“Adrian has done a lot of hard work on this,” said Denise Hughes, a drug court member. “How can you not help with it? It is a good cause. It is Christmas, and it’s for children.”

“This is a way to give back to the families and actually connect with them,” she added.

Starks has been in the Drug Court program for 21 months. In that time, he has not relapsed and has been working hard to better his life. He is planning to graduate in March 2014.



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