Notable Success Stories
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." The above quote by Dr. Victor Frankl epitomizes Mr. Michael Faver's experience while in Crosspoint's residential reentry program. Mr. Faver was apprehensive about the program in its entirety, but ultimately altered his behavior and himself for the better. His positive mindset set the path for the life changing decisions that allowed him to overcome and conquer a major medical issue, secure employment, begin paying back his restitution and secure an apartment to call his home. Mr. Faver completed all of his program goals and successfully discharged in April.
"Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I will show you someone who has overcome adversity." This statement from former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz aptly describes the accomplishments of Mr. Hector Sepulveda, U.S. Army Veteran from the Viet Nam era. From the moment that he arrived at the Veterans Transitional Housing Program at Crosspoint, Mr. Sepulveda was determined to enhance his situation by utilizing all the program had to offer. He has surpassed his six-month mark of sobriety after struggling for years with addiction and criminal justice system involvement. Mr. Sepulveda has volunteered to work on community service projects, was a Veteran advocate and now sponsors his own AA group. Mr. Sepulveda was a very positive and motivating influence on his peers. He completed his programming here in July and returned to the community with a stable housing plan.
"This facility and neighborhood brings back bittersweet memories for me. I remember right over there by the railroad tracks is where I gave myself my first fix, it's been a ride ever since but now I'm clean, off paper, and trying to help others so they don't have to go through what I went through!" . This was the beginning conversation with Mr. Pedro Tenorio. At 76 he is still active. He enjoys life now more than he ever has. He spends his Thursdays at the State Parole Board recruiting offenders to attend the ACTS retreats and while talking to them shares his story to encourage them.
Mr. Tenorio has had a life of imprisonment and Substance Abuse for over 60 years. When I got to Crosspoint I was disruptive, disrespectful, you name it". "My TDAT counselor, Kristine Valdez took me out of the group meetings and dealt with me one-to-one. I had to come face-to-face with myself and I cried. From that time to now I have taken the all the good and all the bad from my life and made the changes that I needed to make. If it hadn't been for Crosspoint, I would still be in the revolving door and institutionalized. Crosspoint was a good place for me, and I am thankful for what they did for me"
As to his current activities, "My family calls me 'Billy Graham' he chuckles. They actually listen to what I have to say about life and living. I try to help those that are homeless or strung out by feeding them, helping them with clothes or getting physically clean. You see I've been there and somebody helped me." Mr. Tenorio is also an accomplished Pianist. "I am tone deaf and my hands shake all the time, but when I sit at the piano it all goes away. I love playing gospel music- it helps the soul".
Ms. Sylvia Colston is an example of the saying "you can't keep a good woman down". Ms. Colston arrived at Pryor House in 2008 with one primary goal; to get her two "special needs" children back. She used her Crosspoint experience to get all the help she could to better herself and prove that she deserved to get her sons back. She participated in our substance abuse treatment program, parenting classes, NA meetings and the weekly group sessions at Pryor. While in the program, Ms. Colston obtained employment at the Marriot and found a two-bedroom apartment. She released from Crosspoint after five months, went back to the CPS worker who had told her she would never get her kids back. The CPS worker was so impressed with all that Ms. Colston had accomplished that she agreed to guide her to the legal assistance needed to reinstate her parental rights. She was allowed to have visits with her oldest son, and succeeded in finding her youngest son who had been "lost" in the system. In 2010, with the help of her attorney and the CPS worker, Ms. Colston walked out of the Bexar County Courthouse with both of her boys. Today, the family remains together and they are doing well.
Mr. David Lopez has committed his life to walking by faith in everything he does, but it has not always been this way for him. In 1996, Mr. Lopez was faced with 20 years in prison. He prayed just to be out to see his son graduate from high school. Mr. Lopez received a 33 month sentence and was able to be there for his son. Mr. Lopez arrived at Crosspoint's Hall House facility in March 1998. He landed a job with a local business as a sales representative and successfully completed the program. Fourteen years later, Mr. Lopez is still with the same company, but now as the General Manager where he uses his position to help others get back on their feet. Mr. Lopez is very involved in prison ministry and returns to nearby institutions to show inmates that they too can turn their lives around. Mr. Lopez feels that his faith made his progress possible while Crosspoint's structure and assistance provided the opportunity for success.