Karuna co-founder Stacey Passas is a force of nurture. “I’ve been taking care of people my whole life,” Stacey says. “I made sure my friends were okay, I stepped up when my dad got sick before I got sober, I took care of everyone but myself.”
Instinctively protective, Stacey was responsible for sending Lauren to rehab. But it took deep reflection before Stacey would afford herself the same care. “I thought Lauren would come back,” she says. “But when I saw the life she had, I understood that’s what I wanted, too.” Stacey summoned her courage and entered primary care, then a sober home.
Sober living equipped Stacey with the tools to take care of herself as well as provide better care for others. “At first, I tried to bend the rules, get a later curfew,” Stacey says. “My older housemates set examples that saved my life. I fought back, but if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.” Over time, Stacey developed unshakable confidence and became a leader in her own right.
As co-founder of Karuna, Stacey channels her self-assurance into setting an example for others. “By standing up for what I believe in, I let people know that they can do what I’ve done and recover,” she says. Through honesty, compassion, and selfless action, Stacey helps Karuna residents during some of the most difficult times of their lives.
Tough and compassionate, Stacey listens to residents, gives advice when asked, and keeps the peace throughout the house. “I don’t need anything back. I just want people to have the kind of life I have,” she says. “That’s enough.”