Cherish Padro

portrait of a young woman on bridge with river in background

New York City native and Redding resident Cherish Padro has learned to manage her bipolar diagnosis despite the stigma she faced from family and well intentioned members of her church.”It’s been a challenging but rewarding journey. I’ve learned how to take care of myself and make the choices that are best for me.”

Justin Babb

Portrait of Justin Babb drinking coffee.

For much of his young adult life, Justin’s experiences were a roller coaster, with periods of rash decision-making punctuated with bouts of depression. In his mid-20s, he was diagnosed with Bipolar II, which provided an explanation for many of his struggles.