Success Stories

Rose

Rose

Rose’s childhood was less than ideal with abuse, drugs and alcohol surrounding her.  As she grew, she did not learn to choose healthy relationships, she married young and had a child.  Six years ago, when her son was 2 ½, she came to PB&J seeking help to make positive changes in life. Rose and her son are now safe and on a new path. Rose is the founder and owner of Mosaic Services, a small vending machine company and is starting a new business venture, a community co-working space called Mind Grind.  She is enrolled in PB&J’s Business Entrepreneurial Fellowship Mentoring Program to learn skills to make her business successful. “PB&J was fundamental to healing the trauma in our lives and helping me and my son to confidently move forward.  The teachers, staff and therapists within PB&J were there through everything to support me and give me the tools to help my son through all of the emotions and changes happening in our lives.” Rose’s son is now 8 and thriving in school. It’s been more than 3 years since she’s needed PB&J. Last year she even sent a check for PB&J’s  “Keep’n the Lights On” Fund which helped pay off another mom’s PNM debt and by doing so, saved a family from homelessness.  And has since made many more donations to PB&J. “It costs PB&J $3,000 to work with one family for an entire year.  I can’t get out of my head that someone did that for me for more than 2 years!  I can now give back and that’s what I plan to do!”
Horacio

Horacio

“PB&J’s Fathers Building Futures program helped me, a father who lost everything and who was imprisoned to reconnect with my family and eventually become the owner of my own business.” A former truck driver, Horacio faced incarceration after a lawsuit caused him to lose everything. In prison, he had little contact with his family and wasn’t able to see his children for five years. However, Horacio was able to make a connection with his kids after requesting the help of PB&J Family Services. PB&J helped him by eliminating the cost of calling his kids, providing supplies to make cards for his kids, and introducing him back into his kids’ lives. Once released, Horacio enrolled in the Fathers Building Futures program for seven months, a program that allowed him to learn useful skills, such as woodworking, and to gain work experience and a wage immediately after imprisonment. Without this program, Horacio fears that he would have ended up back in prison, since he would not have had the employment it provides. Today, he and his family are whole once again and he has proudly opened his own woodworking and custom designs business.
Fermin

Fermin

“PB&J helped me, a dad who had struggled with a drug addiction and incarceration to begin a new life with my son.” In 2007, Fermin was released from prison and was given the daunting task of building a new future for himself and for his son. Fortunately, he knew he didn’t have to do it alone. While incarcerated, Fermin had learned of PB&J Family Services and sought their aid in planning his life after prison. PB&J provided Fermin with the information he needed to prepare for his release, to talk about the dangers of drugs with his son and to lead a productive life after imprisonment. Through his work with PB&J he has able to find a steady job, improve his credit score which will help him to purchase a house, and  “stop empty promises.” He and his son are thriving: his son is an Honor Roll student at a great charter school and participates in a wide range of activities including sports and theater. Without PB&J, Fermin feels that he would be back in prison and wouldn’t have the lasting relationship he has with his son today, saying, “My son follows my new example before he follows my advice.” Together they have come many miles and have an even brighter road ahead.