While fighting his own battle with addiction, Max Mauer decided do something to help adolescents struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. He decided to open a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and offer a short-term program of treatment for teens with drug and alcohol dependencies. Since opening its doors, Never Alone, Inc. has assisted more than 1,500 adolescents with dependency problems.
In 1994, after applying for permits and licenses, Max and his wife Patti contacted the SBDC for assistance preparing a business plan and securing financing for startup. A few years later in 1997 the doors of Never Alone finally opened. In 2000, the client returned to the SBDC to refinance an existing note and secure working capital to expand the rehab center. The need for services continues to be substantial and the treatment center is working to capacity. Max is currently working with the SBDC to expand his building to add additional beds and a new dining room.