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IMPACT: Vol.4 No.1


Terry Banies lived expecting to die any day. He wanted to take the easy route in life, but it turned out to be the exact opposite. Banies is a turnaround artist. He turned a life of running, getting high and a DUI into a commitment to help others address similar perils. He turned a prison stint into a general education degree. He turned the GED into human services study at College of DuPage. He turned COD classes into a bachelor's in Social Work at Governors State University. He turned the social work degree into a social work job at South Suburban Family Shelter - a domestic violence agency. He's now on track to finish his master's also from Governors State, and hopes to earn his Ph.D.

Photos by Lloyd DeGrane/Special to College of DuPage


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