Spotlight Christine Peace Hall

Christine Peace Hall talks about her work with addiction during an interview inside The Rabbit and Dragonfly 51 N. Market St. in Lancaster city Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Christine Peace Hall, is a photographer who also works in addiction recovery. She often combines these two passions by hosting art exhibits with an educational portion on Narcan training.

As a kid, Christine Peace Hall often accompanied her grandmother to work at an adult day care center.

There, Hall realized that when she grew up, she wanted to help people, too.

First she considered becoming a nursing assistant. But she changed directions after several friends died from drug overdoses and alcohol poisoning.

Now, Hall is a counselor assistant at Blueprints for Addiction Recovery, a rehab center in Lancaster.

Hall is also an avid photographer. She enjoys capturing small beauties, like a bumblebee resting on a soda can. Her work will be on display at the Rabbit & the Dragonfly in Lancaster city for all of February.

She combines both of these passions by hosting Narcan training at art events around the county. Hall has trained people at concerts, art shows and farmers markets.

She's learned the importance of carrying Narcan firsthand. She saved two men who had overdosed – one in 2016, and one in 2017 – by administering the drug, which she keeps in her purse at all times.

“Because he is still alive and because the other guy is still alive, they still have a chance to get sober and to change their life,” Hall says. “And that’s what matters.”

Age: 25.

Hometown: Mount Joy.

Education: Hempfield High School Class of 2012. Currently studying at Harrisburg Area Community College.

My family consists of: My dad, my mom, two brothers and my wonderful grandparents.

Growing up, I wanted to be: A missionary. I just knew I wanted to go out and help people, and I liked the idea of going somewhere else to do that.

Why I’m devoted to helping those in addiction recovery: Because everybody is worthy of life, and your past doesn’t have to shape your future.

My photography idol: Yousef Karsh.

A book I’d recommend: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

A movie I’d recommend: “Big Fish.”

A TV show I’d recommend:  “Seinfeld.”

Favorite way to spend a day: Having the chance to photograph, practicing violin and spending time with family and my significant other, Thomas.

Something you’ll always find in my refrigerator: Sweet tea.

What I love about Lancaster: The Rabbit & the Dragonfly, and I love the kindness here, especially the music and arts community and its openness.