We love to share to good news when someone graduates from LPCS. Here is the story of one individual who graduated in the late spring of this year:
Allen* entered the shelter several years ago with a long history of alcoholism, big gaps in his employment history, and going through some serious depression and anxiety. His case manager was able to connect him to mental health treatment on a regular basis. In addition, he entered into outpatient treatment for his alcohol problems and went to several support group meetings per week. Allen had never received his high school diploma and entered into a GED class. Slowly over time his mood began to improve and he developed a much more positive attitude. He diligently attended his GED classes over several months and though he initially failed one part of the exam, with the help of a volunteer tutor he was able to overcome that difficulty and did obtain his GED. He also took a computer class, attended a job readiness program, and a job training program as well. Recently, he was even asked to be a tutor to other GED students where he had taken classes. Finally, after a long wait, he was able to move into his own large one bedroom apartment and become permanently housed in the community. He has now been sober for over 2 years.
*Name has been changed to protect anonymity.