Thursday, October 20, 2011

Meet an LPCS Graduate!

We love to share to good news when someone graduates from LPCS.  Here is the story of one individual who graduated earlier this year:

Steve* entered LPCS with a lifetime history of over 30 years of substance abuse problems.  A former truck driver, he has also lost his driver's license due to his failure to make child-support payments.  Once in the shelter, he went through intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment for more than two months, and attended at least 6 AA meetings per week.   In addition to working on his sobriety, Steve took a 5 week long computer course and completed a job readiness program where he worked on his resume, practiced writing cover letters, and did extensive mock interviewing.  Working with an employment counselor, within a few weeks of the job readiness program ending Steve obtained a short-term factory job to gain current employment experience.   Using the income he earned from that position, he was able to pay the back child-support payments and obtained his drivers license once again.  Steve then applied and was accepted to be a full-time driver for PACE paratransit services, earning a living wage with excellent benefits.  He has now moved into his own apartment, sees his family members on a regular basis, and has been sober for almost 2 years.

*Name has been changed to protect identity

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