Ruben began using drugs at a very early age. His addiction ultimately led to criminal charges, incarceration and, the loss of his daughter to CPS. When released from jail, Ruben came to Native American Connections for substance abuse counseling and was referred to HomeBase Youth Services, NAC’s Transitional Living Program. Eager to change, Ruben moved in and developed his own goals: complete treatment, continue sobriety, find a job, complete his GED and move into his own apartment.
Through case management and life skills classes at NAC, Ruben attained those goals and recognized his inner potential. He completed his two year probation term in ten months, got a job, paid off all restitution charges, and saved $3,000 towards a new apartment. Most importantly, Ruben regained full custody of his daughter and today they live at Devine Legacy on Central, a NAC affordable housing community. Ruben now works for NAC and has a chance to give back to the community each day.