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Distinguished Alumni Awards
2017 Graduates of the Year


Alicia Castañeda - Alvarez House

Ms. Castañeda was admitted to the Alvarez House on September 21, 2016 and completed the program on February 2, 2017. When she arrived in our program, her focus was on going to school and working in the medical field. Ms. Castañeda attended Lamson Institute and was making huge strides in school and never looked back. She was very successful throughout her stay at Alvarez and was given the opportunity to live at home with her family on home confinement status. Ms. Castañeda followed the rules and was never subject to any disciplinary action. Since her release from the program, Ms. Castañeda has been a law-abiding member of our community. Her US Probation Officer Ms. Flores stated that Ms. Castañeda was transferred to a low intensity caseload due to her doing exceptionally well while under supervision. Ms. Castañeda was required to complete 200 hours of extern practice before she could graduate and completed her hours at Westover Hills Chrysalis Santa Rosa. She graduated in July 2017 and is now working as a phlebotomist as well as a lab and an EKG tech for a weight loss clinic and is doing exceptionally well at her job. Her USPO stated that if she continues to do well Ms. Castañeda has a possibility of terminating her probation early. Ms. Castañeda has exemplified what success looks like both during programming and post-release​.

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Terry Bonds - The Summit

Terry Bonds was a model resident while at The Summit RRC. He completed the program successfully on January 13, 2017. During his stay, he achieved many personal goals and built good rapport with both staff and residents. Mr. Bonds was focused on his transition into the community. He secured employment quickly at the Dollar General Warehouse where he made a great impression on his employer because of his quickness and strong work ethic. Mr. Bonds was a motivated, ambitious and caring individual, and he was a positive influence in the program. He was always willing to lend a hand and volunteered for several community projects. Mr. Bonds graduated from the Department of Labor construction trades class and completed our Thinking for a Change class, throughout which he was recognized for his active participation and his encouragement of fellow classmates. After his release from Crosspoint, Mr. Bonds was at one point working three jobs to maintain his growing financial stability. He is currently working at the HEB Warehouse earning $13.00 per hour, is helping to support his sister and is in the process of securing his own place. Mr. Bonds is very proud to have purchased his first new car. Although he continues to face temptations, Mr. Bonds chooses to stay positive and drug and alcohol free. He is committed to his faith and attends church regularly. US Probation Officer Daniel Barron has recognized his accomplishments and positive attitude and is very proud of his success.

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Adam Rodriguez - Hall House

Adam Rodriguez arrived at Hall House on June 22, 2016 with a dogged determination and commitment to succeed. He started work at the Little Red Barn six days after his arrival. Mr. Rodriguez was accepted into the Department of Labor construction trades classes. He successfully graduated and earned his 100-hour NCCER certification along with a 10-hour OSHA certification. While in the program, he attended tutoring classes as well. He later began full-time employment at Improved Piping Products where he maintains employment at the present time. One of Mr. Rodriguez' personal goals was overcoming the pain associated with an automobile accident that resulted in the loss of his left lower leg and claimed the life of his two-year-old daughter. He has worked hard through the guilt of this event through counseling to deal with his loss and trauma. Mr. Rodriguez voluntarily participated in and successfully completed Crosspoint’s Community Treatment Program to address his substance use issues. One act of volunteerism that impacted our organization was when he used his lunch hour to speak to Crosspoint’s Advisory Board to further educate them as to the challenges faced by our clients and their potential for success given the proper guidance and resources. Mr. Rodriguez is an inspiration to his family, his fellow citizens and to the staff at Crosspoint!

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Bernel Ruiz - Community Treatment Services

The Community Treatment Services (CTS) program graduate of the year is Bernel Ruiz. He was a participant in the CTS program from February 2, 2016 to October 29, 2016. During the first month of treatment his mother passed away while he was in route to be with her at the hospital. Mr. Ruiz often praised his mother for helping him maintain his humanity and faith in God while serving his 14 year prison sentence. He had also suffered the deaths of his grandmother, father and sister while in prison, so it was feared that the loss of his mother could be too much for him to overcome. Yet Mr. Ruiz fully embraced the support that was available to him and affirmed his commitment to handle the situation the way his mother would want him to. He continued to be a supportive group leader and positive role model in the treatment community. Since completing the program, Mr. Ruiz has reinforced relationships with his wife and son and significant family members. He maintains fulltime employment with Buttercrust Bakery and continues to work at Grady’s BBQ as a part-time cook. His U. S. Probation Officer Tracy Tate spoke highly of his progress and reports Mr. Ruiz is doing exceptionally well on supervision and in the community.

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Larry Mosley - Veterans Program

The Veterans Transitional Housing Program has proudly selected U.S. Army Veteran Larry Mosley Sr. as it’s Graduate of the Year. He came to our program from Villa Serena in November 26, 2014 and had been homeless for over 20 years and living in the grips of addiction for over 30. With the desire and will to do and live better, he took advantage of his opportunity in the program. Mr. Mosley was able to work on his recovery and securing permanent housing. He also started to attend college at St. Philip’s. He was a positive role model among his peers. He fortified his path for long-term sobriety through steady attendance at Narcotics Anonymous support groups. Mr. Mosley was able to secure an apartment through the Veterans Assisted Subsidized Housing (VASH) program and successfully discharged on June 10, 2015. In October 2017, Mr. Mosley celebrated 3 years of drug free living and continues to attend Narcotics Anonymous on a regular basis. He has a number of other proud accomplishments. Mr. Mosley will be graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Teaching from St. Philip’s and will pursue a Bachelor’s degree also in Teaching from Texas A&M, San Antonio. He has already received his certification as a Paraprofessional for Substance Abuse from the State of Texas.

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Rafael Garibay - Austin Cullum Outpatient Center

After arriving at Crosspoint’s Hall House RRC in December 2016 Mr. Garibay volunteered for and successfully completed the Department of Labor construction trades class (obtaining his NCCER and OSHA certifications). He also accepted a referral to the CTS Mental Health program in the Austin-Cullum Outpatient Center. During that experience, he made strides in decision making and proved to be pleasant and diligent. He progressed through two jobs while in the RRC (Polymer Logistics and Bimbo Bakery), and he successfully completed all programming at Crosspoint on May 10, 2017. Since then Mr. Garibay’s US Probation Officer Sandra Ross reports, “He is doing great. He had a lot of bumps along the way, but seems motivated and is making slow, steady progress." Ms. Ross acknowledged that Mr. Garibay has appropriately addressed any violations that occurred and kept moving forward. He is open to feedback and is working diligently at his job. Mr. Garibay’s goals include becoming independent, being financially stable and procuring a suitable residence for his family. Recent good news abounds. Mr. Garibay was just selected for a promotion at work and he and his wife are celebrating their son’s first holidays and birthday together. Another important element of his progress has been his willingness to overcome his pride this year to request holiday related community resources. Mr. Garibay is an example of how hard work leads to a sense of accomplishment and significant personal growth.

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Darlene Carter - Recovery Support Home at Pryor House

Army Veteran Darlene Carter first resided at the Recovery Support Home at Pryor for six months, completing the program on December 14, 2015. Unfortunately for Ms. Carter, going back home to Omaha, Nebraska turned out to not be the best decision. She ended up moving back to Texas and reentering the RSH Program for the second time. During her second stay, Ms. Carter was compliant in all areas of the program (completing her daily duties, attending all meetings and making it to scheduled appointments). Ms. Carter struggled with controlling her reactions towards other residents and situations while residing in the program. Because of her emotional challenges, Ms. Carter received intensive case management and was referred to a Crosspoint clinician, with whom she met on a regular basis. Ultimately, the results of this coordinated treatment plan and her own commitment to personal improvement yielded tremendous results. Ms. Carter optimized her time in the program to get all of her priorities in order. By the end of her second stay at Crosspoint, she had once again taken care of all medical and dental needs, saved money and secured housing locally. Ms. Carter used every resource offered to her by the VA and Crosspoint to make a positive change in her life resulting in her not only discharging successfully from the program, but ultimately being able to get her life back on track.

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