Thank you for reading my story. My name is Jorge A. Vasquez M. Ed, LCDC-CI. I own and operate Atlas Counseling and Education LLC. A little bit about myself, I am a certified special education teacher and work with children with Autism in the DFW area. I have been a special education teacher forever 13 years and love it! My heart is definitely filled with seeing my students overcome their educational and social-emotional obstacles. The day-to-day struggles of my student led me to be aware that their educational needs were being met to the best of my ability, but this was not the case for some at home. I was made aware of truly how much impact chemical dependence can affect the communities, families, and ultimately my students. I decided to do something other than be sympathetic, so I started working at a halfway house to help me understand what happens to individuals that live a not-so-perfect lifestyle. I worked the graveyard shift on the weekends to better understand what happens to individuals that commit all kinds of offenses. After a few months, I became certified as an Anger Management Coach and was later introduced to the court-mandated class provider. I found the answer to my quest! I want to help educate individuals that have made mistakes and hopefully educate them to make better choices about drugs and alcohol consumption.
Fast-forward to 8 years later, now I have experience educating individuals that are dealing with prior decisions when consuming drugs and alcohol, and I would like to start getting to the core of the problem which is chemical dependency. This is why I am posting this GoFund Me page to assist my company's vision and goals to help people to receive chemical dependency counseling that would otherwise not be able to afford it. I am wanting to offer free group drug and alcohol counseling to (16) individuals that are court-mandated or just individuals that need that support to overcome their addiction. The plan is to create groups of at least 4 clients per group session and they will receive weekly sessions for 12 weeks of 2 hr. sessions and (3 ) individual sessions that are aimed to support their recovery from chemical dependency.
The 4 groups in a year are just the start, but of course, I need help to accomplish this goal. The funds requested would be used to cover the bare-the necessity monetary expenses per client, the cost of the counselor supervising me because I am still required to be supervised as an LCDC-CI, and the cost for a few programs that are needed to securely keep confidential records HIPPA complaint.