Denise, who has been a social worker since 1993—dealing with addiction, trauma, grief and mental illness— joined the La Hacienda staff in 2013. Her favorite part of her vocation is watching people get sober and work the program. “When people get here, they are powerless and realize the only way to get sober is to work the program. Watching that surrender is truly a spiritual experience. Just Beautiful!” Denise is married and has multiple animal family members.