At Even Stevens, we partner with all kind of organizations from domestic violence to addiction recovery, elderly and hospice care to afterschool programs. We can talk about them a million times over, but it will never truly tell you what they do for our communities.
Hearing first hand the stories of the people who have been directly impacted by the work of our nonprofit partners has had a tremendous impact on us, and we wanted to pass it along. These stories are why we do what we do; these stories fuel us to continue to eat to give.
In this post, we share a story from Even Steven's non-profit partner
Ruben became a meth user at the age of 13. His addiction led to criminal charges and incarceration resulting in Arizona Child Protective Services (CPS) taking his daughter from him and losing all other possessions. When he was released from jail, CPS ordered him into substance abuse treatment where he came to Native American Connections (NAC). With the help of case management staff, Ruben developed a life plan to obtain his GED, find a job, move into his own apartment and get his daughter back. His two year probation term was completed in ten months where he got a job with NAC, paid off all restitution charges and saved $3,000 towards his new apartment at one of Native American Connections’ housing communities. Through his dedication and commitment to stay clean and sober, he regained full custody of his daughter, married and has a new baby. This past year, Ruben left NAC for a full time job in the banking industry and has purchased his first home for himself and his family.