Spend only a few moments talking with Natalia about her past and you soon realize she is entirely focused on her future.
She places her incarceration at age 18 squarely on her own shoulders. Her mother set a good example, but Natalia set another course. She turned to the streets where an addiction to drugs ultimately led to her arrest and conviction.
Natalia was incarcerated for six and a half years. She says it gave her time to think. And reflect on the mistakes she had made. When she tried to envision her future, she realized she wouldn't survive the life she had created.
At that moment, she started to create a new life. With a new outlook and a new sense of purpose, Natalia entered the Alvis reentry program. It was demanding, but no more than Natalia demanded from herself.
The secret she says is staying busy. She spends her days in a constant state of evolution. Never looking back. Always evolving.
Natalia has a steady job, her own place, and goals for the future. But what motivates her more than anything is the opportunity to reach back and lift up others. She routinely returns to the same Alvis facility where her turnaround began. She spends time with the current residents. She shares. Encourages. And tries to be a real-life example.
We applaud Natalia for her efforts. Because from our perspective, there's no clearer indication of someone moving forward, than when they're giving back.