Alfredo

Alfredo

After having struggled with alcoholism for years, Alfredo hit rock bottom after his mother collapsed and died from a heart attack in front of him during a Sunday family lunch. No longer functioning as he once could with alcohol, his relations with his family became strained and they encouraged him to seek treatment. He entered New York Therapeutic Communities’ (NYTC) residential drug treatment center. Alfredo made strong progress throughout his 14 months and completed the program.

During his last few months, Alfredo enrolled in a program that NYTC offered called Recovery Through Entrepreneurship (RTE) which focused on building computer skills and an entrepreneurial mentality to navigate the modern world of work proactively and creatively to build the career he envisioned. The program culminated with a business plan competition in which four teams from the RTE course presented solutions to improve the treatment program. Alfredo, a trained chef, led a project called Serendipity’s Tasty Treats which pushed for the program to stop ordering pastries and instead, set up a baking class for clients and make their own baked goods. Program participants would learn how to bake and use the kitchen and the program itself would save money making their own. His project won and was implemented at the program. However, with a job as a pastry chef awaiting him in Manhattan, Alfredo moved on to his new life.

He relapsed shortly after and returned to NYTC for another 8 months. During this time he brought new life back into Serendipity’s Tasty Treats. In 8 months he has mentored a dozen clients and taught them baking skills and how to properly utilize the kitchen. Desiring to stay active in his recovery, he joined the NYTC staff as chef for the facility and continues to teach residents how to bake. He continues to use the computer skills he was taught to save recipes to the cloud so he can access them at home and work. Serendipity’s Tasty Treats continues to bake for the residents, for events, and hope to begin to bake for fundraisers for the program. Alfredo has repaired his relationship with his family, recently celebrating the Puerto Rican Day Parade with a cookout with his siblings, and his grateful for his recovery.

 
 

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