Stephen from Queens, New York

I'm through recovery and now I want to help others. A laptop will help me train!

I'm working to become a Certified Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor. This involves lots of coursework / reading; a laptop will be a big help.

My need and situation

I am a 56 year old student working on getting my certified recovery coach certification. My hobbies include writing, photography, cooking and creating abstract art. I have been living with HIV/AIDS since 1996 and I am happy to say that I am currently undetectable.

My goals are to become a CASC-T (Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee) and eventually become a full time CASC counselor. I want to be in a position in which I can give back to my community because I was given the help I needed at the time I needed it. I want to be able to share my life experiences dealing with HIV, drug addiction and recovery.

I need a laptop so that I can become more computer literate and to help me with my course work. A lot of the assignments involve reading cases studies and research papers and I currently use my phone to access the assignments. A laptop will not only allow me easier access to my assignments and register for classes on-line, but will also help me gain access to more information that I can use towards my professional development.

Meeting this need will help me because it will allow me to gain more insight on my chosen career. I am very determined to become a CASC counselor so that I can help other people address their issues and achieve their goals.

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This need has been validated by PO Phillip from NYC Department of Probation

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Validated by PO Phillip from NYC Department of Probation (What does this mean?)

I have been working with Stephen for the past 6 months. Stephen has shown great insight and determination in turning his live around. Stephen has been very clear about how much he wants to help other individuals that are going through tough times dealing with substance abuse, mental health and HIV. I think Stephen would make a great counselor.

About PO Phillip

Probation officer, I've been a probation officer for 1 year and I enjoy helping people