Founder of Life Recovery Centers in Denver, Colorado
“Being an immigrant, LGBTQ, bilingual, bicultural and educated, I have many gifts to offer and feel called to do this,” Alex says.
Come 2020, Alex had moved the business from a shared workspace to his own 1,300-square-foot office. Five full-time employees and 12 trauma-trained contract clinicians were serving about 350 clients weekly. But the waiting list was growing, as economically vulnerable families — particularly families of color — were disproportionately affected by the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, dramatically increasing need.
Throughout the pandemic-related challenges of the last few years, Alex credits his success and survival to DreamSpring and the two $23,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans it provided. The funding helped Alex retain employees, hire additional contractors for the increased caseload, pay for a telehealth portal for virtual treatment, and become credentialed to accept all major insurance companies and Medicaid.