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Turning His Life Around to Gain Custody of His Child

New York Times, January 10, 2015

Turning His Life Around to Gain Custody of His Child

The pair landed at a Manhattan homeless shelter, where Mr. Rodriguez got a job as a porter and assisted with substance abuse groups. At a counselor’s urging, Mr. Rodriguez received the certificate necessary to become a substance abuse counselor himself. With Mr. Rodriguez set to go out on job interviews in 2013, his legal adviser at the City Bar Justice Center, together with the Children’s Aid Society, one of the seven agencies supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, secured $300 from the fund to buy him new clothes. (Last year, Mr. Rodriguez also received $1,865 from the fund to send Jada to summer camp.) He now leads his own support groups as a licensed recovery coach.

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