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In this episode of Changemakers LA, LISC LA Program Officer Erica Webster delves into the topic of diversion programs. These programs aim to prevent or minimize an individual's involvement with law enforcement or the criminal justice system by providing services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment or housing support. This discussion explores these programs from the viewpoint of participants and social service providers. Additionally, our guests will share insights on the key factors that contribute to the success of diversion programs.
Joining LISC LA for this conversation is:
Tanu Ah You, Case Manager At Transformational Living Homes, Founder of ALOFA
Pat Seller, Co-Founder of ALOFA
In this episode, Tanu Ah You shares his inspiring journey to sobriety, reflecting the challenges, victories, and the powerful impact of his experiences with diversion programs and substance use treatment. Throughout his path, he found unwavering support from his friend, Pat, who also joins us on the panel. Pat describes her role as a friend and advocate for Tanu, highlighting how she navigated the delicate balance of holding him accountable while remaining realistic and providing unconditional support. Her perspective offers valuable insights for those supporting loved ones on their sobriety journey.
Our panel consists of two remarkable individuals:
Tanu Ah You serves as a Case Manager at Transformational Living Homes, a reputable sober living and recovery program based in Long Beach. Additionally, he is a Founding Board member at Project ALOFA (Another Loving Opportunity For All), a dedicated organization that advocates for Asian and Pacific Islanders experiencing incarceration and reentry. Tanu's personal experience within the criminal legal system further fuels his passion for helping others, as he currently participates in a diversion program. He believes that his firsthand encounters enable him to form deeper connections with the clients he serves.
Pat Sellers, a close friend of Tanu and Co-founder of ALOFA, has been a community organizer for many years. Over a decade ago, Pat crossed paths with Tanu, and their friendship flourished. When Tanu approached Pat with the idea of launching Project LOAFA, she eagerly embraced the opportunity to make a difference alongside him.
Together, Tanu and Pat bring a wealth of experience and perspectives to our discussion, shedding light on the triumphs and challenges of navigating sobriety, personal growth, and the vital role of support systems in recovery.
If you would like to learn more about how we support place-based initiatives for housing, economic development, and alternatives to incarceration at LISC LA, please visit us online at www.lisc.org/los-angeles and follow us on twitter @LISC_LA.
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This podcast was produced in collaboration with Ronnell Hampton, Founder of Growing Greatness Now. Growing Greatness Now is a consulting firm committed to social and environmental justice.