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3/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hopeful Start's first parolee graduate
Hopeful Start Counselors congratulate Robert Stevenson for being the first parolee to successfully complete the Palo Verde Valley Hopeful Start Foundation Drug and Alcohol Program. Pictured left to right: Melvin Dean Jones, Pablo Galvan, Stevenson and Leonard Houser.
Hopeful Start Counselors congratulate Robert Stevenson for being the first parolee to successfully complete the Palo Verde Valley Hopeful Start Foundation Drug and Alcohol Program. Pictured left to right: Melvin Dean Jones, Pablo Galvan, Stevenson and Leonard Houser.

Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor


BLYTHE - Robert Stevenson is the first parolee to ever successfully graduate from Hopeful Start Foundation.

Many have attempted the Hopeful Start Foundation program and all have failed before the Washington, D.C. native received a "Certificate of Completion."

Stevenson ended up in the program after serving sentences of five years, two and half years, and six years in prison. He was facing more time in prison when he was given the opportunity at Hopeful Start. Now clean from his drug of choice, meth, Stevenson is more than 100 days clean and is thankful for his turnaround.

Stevenson admits that with his history and background, finding employment has been tough, but he fills up his time and wallet by recycling.

"I am proud to be able to recycle and make good, honest money, and help out Blythe by picking up plastic and aluminum," said Stevenson.

Stevenson now has a vehicle and an apartment for him and his family.

"I am proud of myself because I did the program and I was successful," said Stevenson.

When Stevenson began the program in the fall, he was living on the streets but said that he didn't want to do it.

"I didn't know anything else but to be high," said Stevenson. "But now my son wants to be around me and that makes me so happy."

Crediting his fiancé, Miesha Price, with helping him with his sobriety, He says that it was when she said that she was going to move out of state with their son, Robert III, that he knew that he had to get his life together.

"I had never completed a program and I tried them all - Metcalf, ABC, Joshua Tree - but it got to the point that my life was unmanageable and I had to do something," said Stevenson.

Stevenson didn't complete the program alone. His counselors at Hopeful Start Foundation helped to guide him along the way.

"We are so proud of him," said Leonard Houser, a Hopeful Start counselor. "He was homeless and now has an apartment and a car."

Melvin Dean Jones, another Hopeful Start Foundation counselor, said that Stevenson's recovery was slow but he was motivated and because of that, he was able to do it quickly. Jones also said that Stevenson had a much higher power looking out for him.

"When he needed help, he asked for it," said Jones.

Counselor Pablo Galvan was impressed with how Stevenson wanted it (sobriety), went after it, and did it right.

"He did a good job," said Galvan.

"I didn't want to do it," said Stevenson. "But I realize I did it for me. And now my fiancé is happy and my son is proud of me."

Stevenson, who is 42 years old, said it was difficult to get through, especially since he has been a substance abuser since age 15 when he started drinking alcohol and then started using cocaine before moving on to meth.

"I got through it," said Stevenson. "I never knew that I could have a good life clean and sober, but now I love it and wouldn't do it any other way."

Hopeful Start Foundation, located at 137 W. Hobsonway, Blythe, has a new building for outpatient services. They do not turn anyone away and encourage people who have substance abuse issues and have children to come to the program. They understand that drugs and alcohol affects an entire family.

For more information, call Palo Verde Valley Hopeful Start Foundation at 760-835-1939.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Beatrice Rincon

Congratulaions Mr Stevenson, and all the Hopeful Counselors at Palo Verde Valley Hopeful Start Foundation. I know how proud you can be to see one person make the program,I am a retired substance abuse counselor and can under stand the frustration and also know why you do not give up even if it is only one that completes the program.keep up the good work.

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: @my stinkerboo stinker

"First of all" you should not be concerned if Hopeful Start didn't get the story straight about your fiancee being homeless-which I think they did-but anyway you should be grateful to them for helping him to be clean and succeed so that he can be with you and your child in a positive way. Congratulations Mr. Stevenson it is never to late and congratulations Hopeful Start.

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: @ Stinky

Get your grammar and spelling straight.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: mystinkerboo stinkers

First of all hopeful start need to get they story straight my finance was never homless



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