Evonne E., 32, came to Casa in February 2012 after multiple drunk driving convictions, struggling in and out of other treatment facilities and finally, facing life on the streets.   "Before I got here, I was isolating in a corner in my room at my mom’s house. I couldn't let go of that bottle. It was like a baby to me. I had it in my arms nonstop and I’d count pennies, recycle cans, whatever it took to go get my hands on more. My mom had always tried hard to support me, but this time it was so bad that she told me I needed to either get into Casa and get help, or stay on the streets. I decided to enter treatment at Casa and I ended up in residential for three months.   “After my first month, I woke up, so sick of my story, sick of doing the same thing over and over again. I kept hearing “give this a try.” So I decided to erase everything I knew from previous trips to treatment and started following the rules. I began working with my counselor and doing what I was directed to do. This time I was just willing to do what it took and I started to break down some walls and see some changes in myself.   “My life is so much better now. I have a job and I am in sober living here at Casa. I’m repairing my relationship with my mother. We talk now about the things mothers and daughters should be talking about. I’m trusted again by my family and I’m rebuilding those relationships that I had torn apart. I’m grateful for the opportunity I received for a second chance at life. Casa has given that to me and I don’t think I could have come this far, this fast without Casa. That’s something I will never forget.

Evonne E., Alumna