Staff Highlight: Jose Vega
Jose Vega works as a counselor in our Visions program, which offers life-changing education, counseling and support to persons experiencing alcohol and substance use problems and their families.
What initially drew you to joining the Association House family?
Well, When I applied for this job in 2010, I was looking for a better job offering better opportunities to grow up professionally, as a person and as a member of the community I represent (Hispanic community) and is when AHC pop out for me.
What is your favorite part of your experience with the Association House?
Being able to help participants/people in general who shared needs, struggles, and necessities the same as me.
Who or What influenced your desire to want to be a clinician counselor?
I'm a person who has been in recovery since 2003. Around 2004-2005 I decided to go back to school getting my Associates Degree first in liberal arts with concentration in substance abuse. This is where I discovered that it was a good opportunity for me to pursue my career as a counselor/plus taking advantage of me being in recovery. In 2009, I obtained my CADC, 2010 arrived to AHC, 2011 went back to school for my bachelor's degree in Social Work practicing principles of recovery since then.
What has been your most fulfilling experience as a clinician counselor?
Every day is a challenge, but I feel so proud of myself and my work when I see the participants getting things done, changing their lifestyle, bringing their family back, getting their driver license or going back to school either forced by the legal system or voluntarily the same as I did one day in the past. This is what AHC means for me and my family as well.