Our Mission

To support anyone and everyone affected by substance use disorder, mental health issues and homelessness.

Recovery All Ways (RAW) is a Grassroots Community Organization consisting of Volunteers not only supporting each other on their recovery journey, but working together to provide support to those impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Mental Health Issues and/or Homelessness.

Our model is that of which resembles other proven, successful Harm Reduction models which also show that multiple paths to recovery are needed as recovery is not a “one size fits all”.

Were are based in Rochester, NY at 158 Hollenbeck Street in the 14621 zip code and work the neighboring communities as well. We perform cleanup and outreach on North Clinton Avenue, Joseph Avenue and the streets in-inbetween.

Our volunteers consist of those that identify as a person in recovery, seeking recovery, impacted by SUD in someway, shape or form and those that are simply passionate about the issue. We seek to destroy the stigma that is given to those in addiction. We meet our clients where they are at, no shame, no judgment and no requirements to receive our services.

We do this to ensure that they can stay as safe as possible and have the basic items that they need to ensure their wellness potentially avoiding illness, injury and/or contracting a blood born illness. We also let them know that if/when they are ready for treatment that we can help them locate the type of treatment that they desire. This could be outpatient therapy, inpatient therapy and or detox. We aim to help them locate the type of treatment that they believe will work for them. Seeking treatment can be intimidating and overwhelming. We do not push any one method, we are simply here to speak from our own personal experience and assist with any barriers that they may encounter along the way.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE

Whenever, Wherever, Forever

Onsite Outreach

Currently Saturday’s are our regularly scheduled operations days, at 158 Hollenbeck Street we meet and break into two teams.

Onsite Outreach

Currently Saturday’s are our regularly scheduled operations days, at 158 Hollenbeck Street we meet and break into two teams.

On location we have our outreach and warming station (during cold weather), we serve coffee, oatmeal, bagged lunches, usually a hot food (soup, chili) and provide personal care item, Narcan (the opioid overdose reversal drug) trainings and provide free doses. We have a clothing closet stocked with seasonally appropriate items as well.

Cleanup & Outreach

For Cleanup, we walk Joseph Ave, Clinton Ave and zig zag the streets between. We carry backpacks full of bagged lunches...

Cleanup & Outreach

For Cleanup, we walk Joseph Ave, Clinton Ave and zig zag the streets between. We carry backpacks full of bagged lunches, hygiene kits and Narcan. We check abandoned, unsecured locations for anyone inside needing our help and give them anything they would like that we’re carrying. We collect and later safely dispose of used Sharps that we find, and we also let people know that if and when they would like to look for treatment we can help them locate the type of treatment they choose.

Support Group

One of our primary areas of focus is providing support to each other. Just as we meet our clients where they are at, with no shame and no judgment,

Support Group

One of our primary areas of focus is providing support to each other. Just as we meet our clients where they are at, with no shame and no judgment, we also provide each other with this courtesy. We are a recovery network for each other. We share our stories with each other if/when we're comfortable enough to do so. Need someone to talk to, we are here for each other. We can share our experiences with each other, however, we do not promote any one recovery path. We believe recovery and treatment should be person centered, and no one path will work for everyone. Our goal is to lift each other up and support each other in our recovery journeys.

Certified NYS Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

We are certified to train responders (participants/individuals) how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and properly administer Narcan

Certified NYS Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

We are certified to train responders (participants/individuals) how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and properly administer Narcan (the Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug) and provide a free kit containing two doses of Narcan Nasal Spray. We are also able to provide free refills. We perform individual training sessions as well as community trainings. These trainings can be at larger events, an individual training event or at someones house, facility, place of employment etc.

Community Education & Awareness Program

To further our goal of breaking the silence and reducing the stigma we have developed a program to take into churches, schools, facilities and organizations to provide education and awareness around the Opioid Epidemic.

Community Education & Awareness Program

To further our goal of breaking the silence and reducing the stigma we have developed a program to take into churches, schools, facilities and organizations to provide education and awareness around the Opioid Epidemic. We ensure that our program is tailored to be age and/or audience appropriate. We do this by sharing our learned experience, prior to recovery and throughout our recovery journeys. We also share information on all of the services that our Organization provides as well as what we are able to accomplish each Saturday onsite and while walking the streets. We believe that the Opioid Epidemic impacts more people than is known, and one of our goals is to start the conversation, answer questions and raise awareness. We also talk about the road to recovery and hope top show that not only is recovery available, it is possible.

24 Hour Hotline

We run a 24 hour hotline that is able to receive text and/or calls. The 24 hour hotline is automated and has the ability to play several informative messages as well as additional lines that are staffed by volunteers.

24 Hour Hotline

We run a 24 hour hotline that is able to receive text and/or calls. The 24 hour hotline is automated and has the ability to play several informative messages as well as additional lines that are staffed by volunteers.

There are prompts available to hear a recording with Volunteer Opportunity information, as well as a prompt to hear about our donation process.

We provide support on an additional prompt for anyone impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Mental Health Issues and/or Homelessness. We assist those currently battling SUD and friends or family members battling these issues.

We also are available to assist with locating treatment options if/when our clients are ready. We will complete a small intake and gather details needed to locate a facility that has the treatment the client desires as well as an opening. Often times the facility will call the client back to complete the process, occasionally the facility will recommend the client travel to the facility at that time to complete the process and be admitted. If we have volunteers available we will also help with transportation directly to the facility if needed.

VIDEO GALLERY

We share our experience to not only show them that there is hope, not only let them know that recovery is available for them, but that it is possible.

Here we will post our videos as we go live and inside abandoned, unsecured properties. We are working on other relevant content as well. We are creating a space for people to share their experience, strength and hope. Their story may be the one that someone needs to hear.

We enter these locations to see if anyone inside could use some help. If anyone was to be inside alone, and to accidentally overdose, we carry Narcan (The Opiate Overdose Reversal Drug) to be able to revive them and call for help.

We carry bagged lunches, hygiene kits, safe sex kits, and Narcan. We meet our neighbors where they are at. No shame, no judgment. We let them know that we have been there, and we care. If and when they are ready for treatment, we can help facilitate that with them as well.

Some of the video may be shocking, the conditions as well. We make sure to only show volunteers faces, never the faces of someone we meet on the streets.

This is a place where many of us in the organization have been. We share our experience to not only show them that there is hope, not only let them know that recovery is available for them, but that it is possible.

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158 Hollenbeck Street
Rochester, NY 14621 | USA

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recoveryallways@gmail.com