Richard Koffler Receives Outstanding Social Worker in 2008
Richard Koffler and Helen Marshall, Queens County Borough President, recognized by Queensboro Council for Social Welfare as an outstanding Social Worker in 2008.
Brian's Success Story
Mr. Koffler showed himself to be a caring professional in every way. When I was there a couple of months, I mentioned to Richard that I had some health issues, no insurance; and I needed a doctor. That same day Richard contacted an internist who became my physician. Richard also helped me to obtain health insurance. When I graduated from the program, Richard said I could come back and sit in on the group which I do every now and then. Needless to say I am extremely grateful.
Kathy's Success Story
My name Is Kathy and I am a grateful recovering alcoholic. The only truth is that alcoholism was and always will be my demon. I did geographic moves and I was still with me wherever I went. I knew I was a drunk but didn't know what to do. I’d never heard of detox, rehabs or AA. I just knew I couldn't stop the drinking. Honestly, I didn't know if I wanted to stop. What would I do for fun? At this point my husband told me that “I am not going to watch you kill yourself.”
That was the day that changed my life. I went to the city to cry to some of my friends and found myself alone at a train station. Two days later I was at the detox of a local hospital, scared, sick and filled with anger. I stayed there for five days. It was then that I met Richard and began my treatment for alcoholism. He gave me something I never had before. He gave me hope. Hope that I didn’t have to live like this anymore. Hope that I could change. Hope that I could stop drinking and stay stopped. Richard taught me about my disease and how cunning, powerful and insidious it is. He told me about AA meetings and how getting involved with a support network would help me to remain sober. That was ten years ago. I still speak to Richard. He will always be my counselor. He will always be my mentor. He will always be my friend.