Location: Roxbury, MA
When Emily Stewart, executive director of Casa Esperanza, Inc., first met the nonprofit’s founder, she was inspired. As a person in long-term recovery, Stewart says Casa Esperanza’s response to the crisis of alcohol and drug abuse within the Latino community resonated deeply, and she appreciated that the organization was willing to take whatever steps necessary to help others. “I am inspired to be here at Casa because we have provided the means for people to create a space where they have the opportunity to transform their lives,” says Stewart.
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Today, Stewart helps Casa Esperanza empower cultural and linguistic minorities who face barriers to care. The nonprofit is nationally recognized for delivering a wide range of bilingual/bicultural, trauma-informed, evidence-based care. Stewart says Casa Esperanza fills a void in the community, because it not only offers services that no one else does, but it also goes beyond delivery of services to become a safe haven for those seeking recovery.
In addition to her role at Casa Esperanza, Stewart is an active participant in her industry, supporting colleagues as they work toward better recovery and behavioral health. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare’s board, and says she is proud of her work advocating for people living with behavioral health challenges.