March 29, 2021 BY COMPASS CAREER SOLUTIONS
From Addiction to helping others
Roberto struggled with addiction and was referred to Compass Career Solutions when he was completing treatment at Sunray Court, a men’s residential program. He also got involved with Pura Vida, a Men’s Recovery program, and began volunteering his time while exploring job opportunities through Compass.
After looking into a few different employment options, Roberto realized that he really valued the experience of giving back to the recovery community at Pura Vida and wanted to look into a career in counseling. With the Support of his Compass Employment Consultant, Kiara, he is currently working to get a Certified Peer Support Counseling certificate. Meanwhile, a full-time paid position opened up and with Kiara’s encouragement he advocated for himself and managed to earn a paid position through Pura Vida Men’s Recovery as well!
Roberto now works full time there teaching recovery courses, supporting men in their journey, and managing several laborer teams through Pura Vida’s Reclaim Project. Roberto says, “The consistency that Kiara and Compass has shown and the support, through phone calls, and in-person meetings helped steer me in a more direct path towards my career in counseling and men’s recovery.”