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Distinguished Alumni Awards
2016 Graduates of the Year


Leisa Rice ● Alvarez House   

Ms. Leisa Rice entered the RRC program at Alvarez House on 07/21/15. She began to turn her life the minute she walked into the doors of Crosspoint. Since her arrival, Ms. Rice had several goals in mind.  Among the most important to her were working on her anger and grief issues.  Ms. Rice self-reported how angry she frequently became and made the decision that she would not let her anger get in the way of her success at Crosspoint. While in the program, she was hired at Goodwill and did an exceptional job.  Ms. Rice was placed in our Thinking for a Change program and successfully completed the entire 13 weeks.  She was able to go on home detention and successfully completed the program on 02/10/16.  Since her departure from Crosspoint, Ms. Rice has been doing great under supervision according her USPO Ms. Maria Elias.  Ms. Rice completed her treatment, has secured her own apartment and found a new job.  She is very attentive when it comes to her probation requirements.  Ms. Rice is very family oriented, is involved with a non-denominational church, and in her spare time does craft work.  USPO Elias further reported that if she continues to do well, she has a possibility of terminating her probation early.  The Alvarez House staff members are proud of Ms. Rice as she exemplifies what success looks like as a program client and graduate.

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Delfino Lares ● Hall House

The Hall House graduate of the year is Mr. Delfino Lares.  Mr. Lares was a program participant from August 4, 2014 through January 28, 2015.  During his time as a Crosspoint resident Mr. Lares was always very positive in his interaction with staff and his peers, willingly participated in all required programming and would also volunteer for any projects at the facility.  Mr. Lares was advanced to Home Confinement within 2 months of arriving to Crosspoint and obtained full time employment with Goodwill Industries as a Material Handler.  His Goodwill supervisor took notice of Mr. Lares’ hard work, dedication and positive outlook and after 5 months he was recommended for a warehouse position.   After a mere 2 weeks in that new position he was interviewed and selected to the transportation department.  He remained in that position for approximately 8 months and applied for the Goodwill Good Careers Academy for CDL Lead Instructor.  He was selected for that position and remains there today.  Due to his successful transition Mr. Lares was selected for review and was granted early termination from his federal supervision and continues with his positive outlook.   As a testament to his accomplishments he has also been approved by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to supervise Crosspoint CDL students enrolled in the Goodwill program setting a precedent.

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Daniel Morales ● The Summit

Since the day of his arrival at The Summit in August 2014, Daniel Morales has demonstrated potential for success. Mr. Morales was focused on rebuilding what he lost and moving forward with his life. He did not once complain or talk about quitting. Mr. Morales began his career path at Goodwill through The Fresh Start Program and his hard work and dedication impressed the company so they offered him a full-time position with benefits.  He was able to renew his CDL license and began searching for new employment opportunities.  After 5 months Mr. Morales secured his own apartment and with the support of his mother he was able to smoothly transition into Home Confinement.  Since his release on February 9, 2015 Mr. Morales has continued to strive for success. He is currently employed at Eagle One Towing where he is happy with his position and is in the process of growing with the company. His USPO Damon Jackson praised Mr. Morales for the hard work he has put into his transition into the community.

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Eric Harrison ● Austin Cullum Outpatient Center

The OPC graduate of the year is Eric Harrison, who participated in the program from February to August 2016.  Mr. Harrison demonstrated a very positive attitude and healthy sense of humor.  His cheerful attitude had a positive impact on residents and staff alike.  He consistently participated in treatment and showed a willingness to learn from his mistakes.  During his stay at Crosspoint he completed the Department of Labor Career Advancement Pathways class and it was his success there that served as a catalyst for his reunion with a son that he not had contact with in many years.  Mr. Harrison overcame health issues, maintained full time employment and established a stable release site during his stay.  Since completing the program Mr. Harrison has volunteered as a caregiver for a young person with a disability.  He continues to work, spend time with his children and participate actively in treatment.

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Eric Galindo ● Community Treatment Services

The Community Treatment Services Program Graduate of the Year is Eric Galindo. He was a program participant from January to July 2011 and he served as a positive role model to his peers. He utilized his recovery tools as he worked towards his career, academic and personal goals. While at Crosspoint, Mr. Galindo obtained employment at Express Lube as a Lube Technician. Currently, he holds the position of Director of Operations for Express Lube and oversees 32 store locations with over 300 employees under his supervision.  Mr. Galindo earned his Associates Degree in Business from Ashworth College during his incarceration and furthered his at Crosspoint by attending then graduating Cum Laude in July 2014 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Texas A & M University – San Antonio.  In 2015, he earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).  He is currently attending UIW as a PhD student in Organizational Leadership.  Mr. Galindo continues to focus on work and education, but he holds paramount the well-being of his wife and his three children.  He stated that he credits much of his success to his beautiful wife and the guidance and support of his parents.

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Ofelia Arevalo Recovery Support Home at Pryor House

Ms. Ofelia Arevalo resided at Pryor House for almost six months, successfully discharging in March 2016.  Ms. Arevalo came in with a serious mental health disorder which left her experiencing high levels of anxiety.  From day one she worked very hard to remain compliant with program rules and manage her mental health issues.  Through the VA Ms. Arevalo was able to receive essential treatment and was also able to return to school attending UTSA to work toward a double major.  Ms. Arevalo was very smart, organized and neat with everything she did.  She was always respectful towards staff and all the other residents at Pryor House.  Ms. Arevalo used the time at Pryor to not only pay off debt, but was able to save three thousand dollars by the time she discharged from our facility.  She demonstrated that she was very capable when it came to money management and was able to secure stable housing on her own.  Ms. Arevalo was able to reunite with family and make amends; something she thought she had lost, but was able to regain.  Ms. Arevalo was so grateful for her time spent at the Pryor House that she donated $10 Wal-Mart gift cards to all the current residents as a Christmas gift.

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Glenn Simms ● Veterans Program

The Veterans Transitional Housing Program proudly announces Mr. Glenn Simms as our selection for graduate of the year.  Mr. Simms is a retired United States Air Force veteran with 20 years of active service.  He arrived in our program with an action plan already in place - to find permanent employment and to obtain stable housing.  It is a testament to his fortitude that he was able to accomplish both of his goals while at the same time volunteering for the Crosspoint community service projects, and addressing his own medical issues and benefits claims issues.  On top of all of that he also became Chairman of the Resident Council.  In that position he excelled at working with staff on issues and concerns relevant to all of the residents.  The staff members of the Veterans Transitional Housing Program feel that Mr. Simms has demonstrated the qualities befitting a Graduate of the Year and they are grateful for his service to our nation.

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