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Fall Edition | October 2020

Letter from the Executive Director

Fall 2020

Dear Friends & Supporters,
In these challenging and unprecedented times, I want to share an update on how Communities For Recovery is continuing to adapt our services and support in the midst of the pandemic. While the news may focus on COVID-19, we know that isolation, financial hardship, anxiety, and stress all threaten the recovery and wellness of our community. Our staff and volunteers continue to innovate and adapt our services to help people stay connected and get the support they need to remain healthy and well.
As many of you may know, we were required to close our center’s physical space indefinitely due to its location on the Austin State Hospital campus. Because of this change, we are transitioning from a center-based approach to a more decentralized community-based set of services. We are hopeful this will prove to be an effective way to engage people and allow us to continue to provide much needed recovery supports throughout the community of Austin. Read More
 
 

Laura Sovine Receives the “Mac” McLester 2020 Champion of Recovery

On October 7, 2020, in a small, outdoor gathering at the Mosaic Sound Collective in East Austin, Communities for Recovery presented Laura Sovine, LMSW-AP, with the “Mac” McLester 2020 Champion of Recovery Award.  

Ms. Sovine, who is currently Executive Director of the Sobering Center-Austin, has distinguished herself by working in recovery for more than 10 years in a variety of leadership positions . CforR is delighted to recognize her dedication to recovery in the Austin/Central Texas  area. The award was presented by the Honorable Nancy Hohengarten, 2019 winner, Raul Garcia, 2018 winner, and Darrin Acker, Executive Director of Communities for Recovery.

The atmosphere was festive and celebratory and a box lunch was served after the award ceremony.

This award is typically presented at the annual CforR Lifebuilder Luncheon, but the 2020 luncheon was rescheduled to 2021 due to Covid 19.  We appreciate the Mosaic Sound Collective allowing us to use their beautiful atrium for this very special event!
 
 

Safe In-Person Stay Out of Jail Meetings

 

"The Stay out of Jail hybrid meeting has been a recent addition to the Communities for Recovery meeting schedule. The purpose of this group is to support one another in the efforts to recover from substance use and/or mental health, as well as to reduce recidivism. Like other Communities for Recovery meetings, the Stay Out of Jail meeting transitioned to an online platform earlier in the year. Throughout the first several months, the Zoom meeting gained numerous new attendees, including regular attendance by individuals currently residing at Central Texas Treatment Center (CTTC).

As parts of our community started to reopen with limited capacity, the decision was made to incorporate an in-person option to Stay Out of Jail, creating a hybrid meeting that now allows individuals options based on both convenience and personal comfort. Social distancing, cleaning procedures, and temperature checks are just a few of the protocols that are implemented at Mosaic Sound Collective, where the meeting is held every Saturday at 12:30 pm.

The Stay Out of Jail hybrid meeting’s in-person attendance continues to grow and rival that of the online presence. We have even seen individuals who once attended virtually at CTTC, now attend Saturdays in person. The combination of both virtual and in person services has now produced a space that allows for recovery to be even more accessible during the time of the pandemic."
 

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Why I Choose To Keep Showing Up

Working with Communities For Recovery is such a Blessing. We do so much outreach and that is one of the things that I love most. Our team goes out to different neighborhoods to connect with the community and we talk to all kinds of people in different places in their lives.

This last outreach, we met a person that shared how deeply they wanted change and they were so thankful for our team for being there to lend an ear and a helping hand. I handed information and my bio to this person that was asking about Communities For Recovery and curious about our program.

A month later, this person reached out to me and shared how my story and her story are so much alike. She wanted to sign up for Peer Recovery Coaching because she really wants change. I was surprised and honored at the opportunity to be allowed to walk with her during her journey in her recovery.

You see we really never know who that 1 person might be that really heard us. That's why I choose to keep showing up. I love my job as a Peer Recovery Coach, and I am extremely proud to work for Communities For Recovery.

 
 

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It Takes A Village

I first learned about Communities For Recovery when I was at Austin Recovery which is where I met Gloria. I've had two surgeries, COVID, shingles and am living at a Prolodge. which is for the homeless. The one constant in my life has been Gloria and this community!
 
Gloria (CFR Peer Recovery Coach) reached out to the community to get a computer donated to me so I could search for jobs. I have also received bus passes from Gloria. All this help leaves me speechless.
 

 
 

Communities For Recovery rocks and it takes a village to make things happen like you all do!! Gloria, I hope you know you are my constant in my life and I always look forward to our phone calls. Communities For Recovery is a community that works together and makes things happen for people in recovery!! 
 
I am proud to say I'm 1 year and 23 days sober!!!!
 
Please know this help and kindness has touched my heart and my life. I can't thank Communities For Recovery enough!
 

 
 
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