25-29 AVENUE D
NEW YORK, NY 10009
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RESIDENTIAL AND OUTPATIENT ADMISSIONS
Interested in enrolling in our residential or outpatient services or have questions about our programs? Please use the contact information below:
Residential and Outpatient Treatment
Suzette Ross, LCSW
Director of Admissions
25-29 Avenue D, New York, NY 10009
NEWS AND UPDATES
Marisa R. Client Q&A
Marisa R. first enrolled in CRW’s Pride Site residential program during the beginning of COVID in the spring of 2020. While the first time around Marisa left after a couple of months, she re-enrolled in August 2022 and has been going strong in her recovery since then. She recently completed the rehabilitation level of care and is now enrolled in re-integration, where clients continue to live on-site but are enrolled in the Project Contact outpatient program. We are excited to announce she just started working as a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate (CPRA)! For this Q&A, she was kind enough to share with us about her experiences in recovery and beginning to work as a peer.
CRW PEER TRAINING INSTITUTE PROGRAM FEATURE
CRW is committed to expanding access to professional development opportunities for our community, and that goal is exemplified by our Peer Training Institute. For this article, Keithie Lawrence (Director of Recovery Services) shared with us about his experience facilitating trainings to educate the next generation of CRPA’s (Certified Peer Recovery Advocates). You will also hear from Andres Gomez (pictured on the left), a former client of our recovery programs who went through the Peer Training Institute and is now working as a fully fledged CPRA for our parter organization Lower East Side Service Center.
OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES PARTNER FEATURE
In this article, you will learn about how Kim Sumner Mayer (Family Services Coordinator) has partnered with the Office of Child Support Services to help our clients navigate the child support system, which strengthens their recovery, family relationships, and quality of life.
BIG VISION – BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RECOVERY AND LIFESTYLE
The Center for Recovery and Wellness is proud to call Big Vision a partner organization. Big Vision is a nonprofit organization that helps people in recovery develop meaningful relationships, have fun, and ultimately sustain their recovery through community...
NEW MEDITATION AND YOGA CLASS IS A MAJOR HIT WITH OUR CLIENTS
At the Center for Recovery and Wellness (CRW) our holistic approach to recovery means that we offer more to our clients than traditional clinical services. In June, staff members Vaness Flores (Prevention and Wellness Educator) and Fiorela Caro (Recreation...
Back On My Feet Partnership Highlight
This article features an interview with Cynthia Rodriguez, a Workforce Development Coordinator at partner organization Back On My Feet, as well as an interview with William G., former member of Back On My Feet and client at PRIDE Site.
Art Therapy with Samara
Samara, a newly hired Clinical Counselor in the Project Contact Outpatient Program, talks about her work as an art therapist and why it is a unique tool to support those in recovery.
Washington Square Park (WSP) Recovery Services with Troy
Troy Boze, founder of the Muscal Pathways to Wellness Program and Recovery Services Coordinator, shares his experience using music to engage people as a Peer Navigator in WSP.
John Gordon Launches CASAC Training Institute
Our Managing Director of Community and Recovery Services discusses the recent launch of the new CASAC Training Institute.
Liz Jack’s 25 Years at EA
A Longstanding Educational Alliance (EA) Employee, Liz Jack reflects on her time working at PRIDE Site before it evolved into the Center for Recovery and Wellness (CRW).
Katherine M.’s Recovery
Katherine M. reflects on her time in outpatient treatment and the pursuit of her goal of becoming a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).
Jackie Small’s New Promotion
Jackie Small shares about her promotion to a new dual role: Director of Vocational and Motivational Enhancement Counseling (MEC) services.
Keithie Lawrence and the Founding of the Brown Bag Program
Keithie Lawrence (Director of Community and Recovery Services) reflects on growing the Brown Bag from an informal service to an official program.
Jerry W. Shares About His Recovery
Jerry W. shares about his recovery process at CRW that has encompassed every phase of treatment from residential to outpatient.
Project Contact Outpatient (PCO) Counseling with Rosita Harris
Rosita Harris gives a close look at her role as a PCO Clinical Counselor and Intake Clinician, and her working of supporting clients in recovery.
Gail Brennan and the Free Brown Bag Program
Gail Brennan, our new Volunteer Coordinator for the Brown Bag Program, talks about her background, experiences so far, and hopes for the future.
Holiday Tips For Recovery In The Time Of COVID-19
Kim Sumner Mayer (Family Services Coordinator) gives tips on how to support family members in recovery during COVID-19.
Freddie J. and Peer Services
Freddie J., a PRIDE Site Residential client, shares about his experiences receiving Peer support from Angela Frazier (Peer Services Coordinator).
Arnette Scott and the Motivational Enhancement Team
Arnette Scott talks about her work on the Motivational Enhancement Team supporting our PRIDE Site residential clients.
Sara Learner and the Project HELP Team
Sara Learner [Prevention and Wellness Educator] discusses her work of teaching in elementary schools and conducting community-based events.
Richard W.’s Recovery Journey
Client Richard W. shares about his time in residential and outpatient treatment and the support he received from counselors Adriane Giebel (PRIDE Site Clinician) and Cristin McKenna (PCO Clinician).
Shavon E. and the Project Contact Outpatient (PCO) Program
Shavon E. talks about the extensive support she received in the residential and outpatient programs from her primary counselors.
JOHN GORDON: 2022 MEL SHULSTAD PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Center for Recovery and Wellness is thrilled to announce that John Gordon, Associate Executive Director of Clinical Programs, was recognized as the 2022 Mel Shulstad Professional of the Year! The Mel Shulstad award recognizes an innovative individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of the addiction counseling profession on a national level.
TOMMY M. CLIENT Q&A
Tommy M. is a former client of CRW’s Pride Site residential program and a current client of Project Contact Outpatient. For this issue of our newsletter, he generously shared some of his life experiences, reflections on his recovery journey, and what the future hold for him.