Eva’s Village Provides Overview at the National Recovery Community Center’s Meeting in Washington DC

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Eva’s Village (http://www.EvasVillage.org), NJ anti-poverty nonprofit, highlights success of first recovery center in the state of New Jersey at national meeting.

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On April 22, 2014, Mike Santillo, administrative director of clinic services at Eva’s Village gave a presentation to national leaders of recovery community centers. The conference was hosted by Faces and Voices of Recovery and sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Washington DC.

The New Jersey Recovery Community Center at Eva’s Village was the first recovery center in the state. Mr. Santillo demonstrated how Eva’s Village integrated a Recovery Community Center into its large, comprehensive organization while still maintaining the integrity of the Recovery Community Center Model. He shared information about Eva’s Recovery Center’s peer-to-peer recovery support services and the impact this type of service has on the recovery community. “This conference brought together leaders and key stakeholders of recovery centers from twenty-four states providing the opportunity to share their experiences working with diverse populations and assist them in planning a vision for the future,” stated Mike Santillo.

About Recovery Community Centers:
A Recovery Community Center (RCC) is a recovery oriented sanctuary anchored in the heart of the community. They are designed to meet some of the social, educational, health, individual and group peer support and other non‐clinical needs of individuals required for sustained recovery. The activities conducted in Peer Operated Recovery Community Centers include: vocational/educational training, connection with needed services and resources, case advocacy, development of skills for self‐care and recovery self-management, and development of social skills needed for successful recovery; wellness; and community living.

About Eva’s Village:
Eva's Village (http://www.evasvillage.org), originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in response to the increasing incidence of homelessness in his Paterson, NJ parish. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that a soup kitchen was not enough. With the generous support of thousands of donors and private and government grants, Eva's has grown to be the most respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey. Their mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual. The Recovery Community Center at Eva’s Village opened in 2009.

For more information on the Recovery Community Center at Eva’s Village, call (973)-754-6784 or email Cindya.Mercado(at)evasvillage(dot)org.

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