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PROVIDING HOLISTIC SOLUTIONS THAT EMPOWER MEANINGFUL LONG-TERM RECOVERY FROM SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

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OUR CORE VALUES

PASSIONATE
ACCOUNTABILITY

Pay it Forward SA's  proven approach allows over 90% of our residents  to flourish in long-term recovery
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MOTIVATIONAL
EMPOWERMENT

Since 2010  Pay it Forward SA  has provided nearly 5000 people with housing or housing assistance
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RESPONSIBLE
RECOVERY

Pay it Forward SA teaches our residents to succeed together while holding each other accountable
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HEALTHY
CONNECTIONS

Pay it Forward SA partners with over 100 recovery houses and dozens of other local nonprofits 
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RECOGNIZING THOSE WE SERVE

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For this edition of Resident Recognition, we would like to introduce you to Natalie.

 

Natalie initially came to us as part of our HOPE program. The HOPE program is a partnership with Bexar County and Lifetime Recovery that offers incarcerated women a therapeutic alternative to jail or prison. 

 

“Right before the HOPE program came to me I was in Bexar County jail for, like, the tenth time and I was looking at more prison time.” Realizing that something in her life needed to change, she decided to give the HOPE program a try. After 90 days she was enjoying a new outlook on life and was offered the opportunity to interview for our dorm program but wasn’t sure she wanted to move in to sober living.

 

“I was so against sober living. I just didn’t want to do it. But I’m so glad I didn’t listen to that voice inside me that said ‘Don’t do it’. That was six months ago and it was the best decision I ever made.”

 

She says Pay It Forward has given her the chance to be the mom that she needs to be both for her current children and the one on the way, which is due to enter this world on July 6.

 

“I feel like Pay It Forward saved my life. It kept me sober and connected with other girls who are also sober and going in the same direction as I am.”

 

Her favorite part about our program is the camaraderie with the other ladies. “We go to meetings together, we do everything together. I love being around girls who have the same goals as me.”

 

Natalie is already looking towards the next phase of her life with excitement. “I can’t wait to be self-sufficient. I feel like PIF helped me with keeping a full-time job, and paying rent, and doing things that most adults take for granted, because I never did those things before. This place taught me how to be more responsible and do the things that I should have been doing anyway but never did because I was in my addiction.” 

 

Another part of her growth here has been learning how to be a leader. “I feel like being Dorm Captain I’m put in the position of being a leader. I wasn’t used to that, but I’m getting there.”

 

Yes. Yes she is. 

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LET'S KEEP IN TOUCH

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Every single day we see people do amazing things, and we want to share these stories with YOU through our brand new Pay It Forward SA newsletter. "What's in it for me?" you might ask yourself. How about uplifting stories of triumph, success and pure joy? Or maybe stories of caring and teamwork and dedication that are all too few these days? How about pictures of super cute puppies? (Ok, maybe not so many of those.) How about random give aways of some of our most sought-after and coveted PIF swag?

We promise not to send too much stuff, or sell your email to anyone. At all. Ever. We hope you'll join us!

“I just want to say, thank you to P.I.F. and their staff. Hamilton, Ben, and Cedric were all amazing and have aided me immensely in my recovery. I am forever grateful for this program, and what it’s done for my life.”

-Roberto

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