The Brooklyn Recovery Group celebrated the second annual National Recovery Day in Brooklyn, held at Brooklyn Borough Hall on September 30. Drawing a capacity crowd, the event acknowledged staff achievements, inspired guests, and renewed the commitment to serve the recovery community. Examples of the priceless support and services offered from this group are: community recovery centers, peer support services, assistance with housing, legal, medical, dental services, and faith-based and veterans services. Outreach is ongoing, with positive results touching thousands of lives.
Peer speakers passionately shared their recovery success and their work in paying it forward to others in the community. Keynote Speaker Joseph R. Turner, JD, Vice President of Exponents Center for Personal Professional Development, spoke eloquently of the dynamics of recovery, the power of this support network, and the importance of peers. A story he told at the end of his speech summed it up:
There was a young man who went walking one day in his neighborhood, was distracted, and fell into a hole in the street. A large commotion followed and a crowd formed, but no one could get him out of the hole. A doctor came by, he couldn’t get him out. A social worker came by, she could not get him out, a managed care company came by, and their group couldn’t get him out. Lo and behold here comes another young man, who is living in recovery and without hesitation, jumps down into that hole. At this point, everyone in the crowd is in shock and they ask, “Why did you jump into the hole with him?” The young man replies, “I jumped in because I’ve been in this hole before, and I know the way out.”
We thank Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Pastor Gilford Monrose, Director, Faith-Based & Clergy Initiatives Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the staff of Borough Hall for their hospitality once again this year. Our guests and partners enjoyed another fantastic, inspirational day as we strengthened our bonds to serve our friends and neighbors in need.
The Brooklyn Recovery Group comprises the following organizations: the Brooklyn Community Recovery Center, The Resource Training & Counseling Center, Spirit of a Woman Leadership Development, Stroman & Skinner Training and Consulting Associates, Reverend Eugene Bernard Mitchell, Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, Flournoy Consultations, Exponents Center for Personal Professional Development, Samaritan Village, Living Positive, Inc., and the Tauheed Center for Human Excellence.
The Brooklyn Community Recovery Center is a peer-driven recovery support center, serving the Bedford-Stuyvesant and central Brooklyn area, created in collaboration with state and local community-based organizations. We welcome men and women, ages 18 and over, seeking recovery from drug and alcohol use, with all services free of charge. Our goal is to inspire our members with the recovery capital necessary to become healthy, purposeful, and successful members of the community—and to enjoy the rewards of substance-free lives. Seminars promoting substance abuse prevention, education, exercise, and counseling are available at the Center.
Find out more about the programs and services offered at the Brooklyn Community Recovery Center by calling our toll-free number today: 1 888-671-9392.