|Mary-Kathryn Williams, a volunteer for The Not Alone Project of Mustang, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli (right) during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
The Not Alone ProjectThe Not Alone Project of Mustang has named Mary-Kathryn Williams, a high school chemistry teacher, as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
The Not Alone Project is an online platform that provides peer-to-peer support through story sharing and intentionally paired mentoring. Mentors and mentees are paired through story-sharing on issues ranging from abuse and addiction to careers and marriage. The goal of the nonprofit is to become a globally recognized starting point for finding hope.
“Mary-Kathryn is a one-of-a-kind mentor in a new kind of mentoring organization,” said Bradley Keen, founder of the Not Alone Project. “She has been transparent about her past by telling her story, allowing others to relate and reach out to her. Mary-Kathryn is a model mentor – always available, always willing to share and always ready to help others find recovery."
Mary-Kathryn shares her story through a video on the program’s website and is available to mentor others who are facing similar struggles in their lives. In her video, Mary-Kathryn describes struggling with addiction and depression after suffering from childhood sexual abuse. Through a 12-step program and treatment she sought recovery and learned she was not alone in her struggle.
“The more I share my story now, the more I am connected with people,” she said. “Abuse, addiction, rejection … hope, forgiveness, made whole. That’s my story.”
Keen said The Not Alone Project is all about healing and restoration. “The best way to start healing is to discover that you are not alone in where you are,” he said. “We believe that because of your past you may be uniquely equipped to lead another to restoration like no one else can.”