Marvin was 29 years old and facing three-and-a-half years in prison when he was mandated to Samaritan Daytop Village through the Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) and Drug Treatment Alternatives to Prison (DTAP) programs. As part of his recovery, he took a parenting and GED courses. He passed his GED with the highest score of any Samaritan Daytop Village graduate and served as valedictorian of his class. He also completed a seven-month auto body technician course and lined up a job.

"Without Samaritan Daytop Village, I couldn't accomplish the things I'm doing now," he said. "I want to stay out of trouble and be a good influence on my son."