The path to recovery rarely follows a straight line.
“Donald” volunteered to enroll in NoVA while he was in custody for a first conviction crime of violence. Donald’s NoVA case manager met him when he was released from jail and arranged for him to live in a single room with shared facilities.
Unfortunately, Donald struggled with his sobriety and didn’t progress on his goals. His case manager moved him into a NoVA Sober Living home, which has strict rules around sobriety and house chores. Once there, Donald embraced the 12-step meetings and support groups. He also received therapy through a NoVA-funded program partner.
Before Donald had gotten into trouble, he had been an engineering student in college. NoVA connected Donald with a program that helps formerly incarcerated people enroll at San Francisco State University (SFSU), which Donald did.
He has since become a leader in his transitional living home and serves as a mentor to new residents. Donald is on track to graduate from SFSU with a degree in electrical engineering and has accepted a job with an aerospace company.