Tonya was admitted into one of our programs when she was six months pregnant. Although reluctant at first, she was committed to getting clean so she began working the program and attending treatment regularly. Tonya had a healthy baby girl and completed the 12-month treatment program. While she was in treatment, Tonya got a part-time job at a department store, and eventually increased to full time employment after she graduated from the treatment program. She moved into her own apartment with her little girl and began training for a management position at the department store. Tonya completed a year's worth of aftercare with us and became a department manager within the store!
Kendra was referred to one of our programs four different times. The first three times she was not successful. The fourth time was different; she called us and asked if she could come back. We had an opening in our residential program, and we admitted Kendra and her little girl the next day. This time Kendra's attitude was different, and her willingness to participate in the program had grown. When asked what had changed this time, she stated that she had accepted she had to do things differently for her life to improve.
Kendra became a natural leader among the other clients. She intervened one day when a new client was complaining about the program. Kendra shared her story and said that she used to be resistant, but realized that she had more in our than she ever had out on the street when she was using drugs.
Kendra graduated from our 12-month program. She moved into her own apartment with her little girl. Three years later, Kendra applied for a job with our agency. She was hired and worked for us for three years before she moved to a new city. She was a wonderful employee and an excellent role model for all the clients she worked with.
Carlos is a 15-year old male, who entered the In-Home Program in 2008. He came to CAI needing assistance with daily living and social skills. With the ongoing support of CAI In-Home staff, Carlos is now able to prepare simple meals and assist his grandmother in cleaning their home. He is able to tie his shoes and has made friends with his peers. Carlos participates in a variety of community activities with CAI staff and is also enrolled in high school.
Supportive Living Program (SLP)
Lena joined CAI's Supportive Living Program in 2005. Prior to entering the program, Lena resided with her sister and her family. Lena was experiencing difficulty managing her emotions, which limited her ability to seek and gain meaningful employment. She also needed assistance in preparing healthy meals and maintaining a clean living environment. With the support of SLP staff, Lena moved into her own apartment and is now able to live independently. She has made steady improvements in her cooking, cleaning and home safety skills. In April 2010, Lena was able to secure employment within her community. She independently coordinates her transportation to and from work, as well as medical appointments, utilizing Handi-Ride Services. Lena participates fully in activities in her community and has made several friends within her neighborhood.
Vocational Services Program
A few years ago, Howard was employed by the Naval Amphibious Base Galley, through an Ability One contract with CAI. He was also a recipient of job coaching services through CAI. However, due to unforeseen personal issues, he had to give up his job and to return to the home of his sister with his young daughter. However, once Howard was able to settle his personal issues, he was eager to get back to work. He had a goal of getting a home for himself and his daughter.
Through hard work and perseverance, Howard was able to get a janitorial job through Pride Industries, an Ability One contract. Although he was pleased with his new position, he knew he needed another job in order to meet his goal of securing a home of his own. Howard's job coach informed him of a new Ability One contract through CAI at Fort Story. The job was exactly what he was looking for. As a result of these two Ability One jobs, Howard was able to reach his goal of having his own home for his daughter and himself. He is proud that he can look back and see how far he has come and achieved in a short amount of time, and is looking forward to the future.
Residential Services Program
Music has a funny way of making connections and elevating the spirit. This statement certainly holds truth for Tom. During Tom's Person-Centered Planning (PCP) meeting earlier this year, his support team learned of his love of music.
When Tom's Senior Residential Care Manager asked him what were some of the outcomes he would like to achieve this year, his response was that he would like to learn how to play the clarinet. Since receiving his clarinet Tom has enjoyed learning how to play the instrument, and has also had many enjoyable experiences attending live music performances in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Making music a part of his life appears to have improved his self esteem and quality of life.
Harry entered the CAMG Supportive Housing Program with the thought of it being a second chance and the opportunity to set some things straight in his life. Harry utilized the same values he learned from the Salvation Army substance abuse program to maintain his housing.
Harry also had a desire to give back to the people who helped him, so he would volunteer his free time mentoring men at Salvation Army which led him to be hired as a substance abuse counselor. He was also elected to be on the board of directors of Community Alternatives Incorporation to provide his input on how to make the Supportive Housing Program an even better program.
Harry had the desire to move back into independent affordable housing. The Supportive Housing Counselor worked with Harry and created a written plan to help him transition out of the Supportive Housing Program. This plan was implemented with the goals of budgeting, saving money, paying monthly bills and developing additional independence skills that will be utilized outside of the program.
Harry was successful with obtaining affordable housing and transitioned to independent living. Harry continued his employment with the Salvation Army.