Ivy Tech recognizes  community advocate

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D.E. "Sonshine" Troche


D.E. “Sonshine” Troche has been named the 2012 Ivy Tech Community College Northwest Distinguished Alumni. A 2008 graduate of the School of Business, she is founder and director of the new Worthy Women Recovery Home in LaPorte.

Troche grew up in a children’s home in Germany and came to America at 8 years old. Hoping for a better life, she was met with alcoholism, anger and physical abuse. Following those same footsteps, by 10 years old she began drinking. By age 12, she started smoking pot.

She says she wasted many addicted years, filled with anger, loneliness and depression. By 1995, she faced attempted murder charges. Through her landlady, she was encouraged to join the church and also the Christian Motorcyclists Association and their Prison Team in 2005.

Hearing of Moral Reconation Therapy, an evidence-research based cognitive behavior program designed to increase higher moral reasoning, she began helping addicted women in the LaPorte County Jail. She earned advanced certification in MRT and began MRT at the LaPorte County Jail in February of 2008, and later that year graduated from Ivy Tech with honors.

In October 2012, with the support of the Unity Foundation, her goal is to open the Worthy Women Recovery Home in LaPorte County that provides safety, sobriety and salvation for non-violent former offenders released from the LaPorte County Jail or the Indiana State Female Prison. For her tremendous community service, Troche received the 2011 ATHENA Award.

Troche will be recognized for her outstanding contributions to the community at the Ivy Tech graduation ceremony on May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary. As the Ivy Tech Northwest Distinguished Alumni, she will be one of 13 other alumni from Ivy Tech regions to be recognized in June in Indianapolis. One of those representatives will be chosen as the statewide Distinguished Alumni.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of work-force development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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