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Can DST members use a gift card to buy alcohol?

Yes. The same way someone can work a 9-5, panhandle, use their SSI, or General Assistance money to buy alcohol. However, DST has zero tolerance for alcohol use on the volunteer shift. If someone is using their basic needs stipends for alcohol, they’ll have to make the responsible decision to maintain sobriety by the time they have to set up for the next day. This program doesn’t believe in positive response by restriction, DST believes in positive response by responsibility. If someone can maintain sobriety for four hours while volunteering with DST, then they can increase it to eight, and they can hold employment.

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