Faces of NDEC

Roberto Santana Jr. 

Roberto Santana Jr. had been attending the residential program at Hope House (a center for people who are struggling with addiction) in Roxbury when he heard about NDEC’s course offerings.   “I was highly interested in what Nathan Hoffman (NDEC’s Workforce and Partnership Manager) had to say about the Office Skills course,” Roberto recalls.  “I already had my GED but I needed to brush up on my computer skills.”

The following Friday, Roberto met Nathan at the South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library.  Says Nathan,

Roberto Santana Jr.

“Roberto shared with me how he wanted to share his experiences with drug and alcohol addiction as a positive, and he wanted to pursue further education so he could become a drug counselor.  He needed a boost to better position himself on his career path.”


Roberto earned his certificate from the Office Skills program in February.  Thanks to his enthusiastic endorsement, Nathan began teaching the class at Hope House – and then COVID-19 hit. Virtual classes resumed in May. 


Now 42, Roberto is candid about his battle to achieve sobriety.  He started drinking when he was only 13, and by age 15 he was completely on his own.  He has been sober since March 2019.  Today, Roberto is confident about his future.   He’s rebuilding his relationship with his 16-year-old son, and his girlfriend’s six-year-old son calls him Daddy.   He says proudly, “Life is a whole lot better now.”


If you or someone you care about are struggling with substance abuse, contact NDEC’s partner Hope House, 617-971-9360, or go to hopehouseboston.org.

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Phone: (617) 268-1912 

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