After suffering abuse at a young age, Victor was removed from home and placed in what became a whole series of placements in foster and group homes, some where there was further abuse. By the time he was referred to the Matrix program, his explosive anger got him into physical fights at school and home. He had a low threshold of frustration and was dishonest and disrespectful with adults and peers.

Just as Victor was starting into the Matrix program, news came that his brother had been murdered in a gang-related incident. Traumatic as it was, his brother’s death had the positive effect of bringing Victor and his birth family together in a new way.

His family and Matrix team realized that what would help Victor most in handling his brother’s death would be to process more with his family and within his Native American traditions. The team ensured that Victor and his family were able to make multiple trips to visit his tribe where they all felt support and stability for their grieving. It also improved the bond between Victor and his mother.

Reinforced by these experiences, Victor began work on his GED and started toward getting his driver’s license. His impulsive and aggressive behaviors diminished almost completely. Both he and his mother developed plans on how to support one another.

Finally, Victor was able to move back home with his mother and both are doing well. He stays in touch with his tribe and they have promised to assist him with a new car – a means of independence – once he gets his driver’s license.

Victor overcame some of the most traumatic events imaginable to be where he is today. He and his family are a testament to resilience and perseverance.