Renz Addiction Counseling Center


Empowering Individuals to Lead Healthier Lives     (847) 742-3545



Y o u ' r e  I n v i t e d . . .
Epicurean Delight Tickets Now On Sale

You're invited to join us for an evening of gourmet fare, raffles, and an hour of improv comedy at Renz Center 11th Annual Epicurean Delight Fundraiser on October 20, 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates. 
Tickets are $95 per person, and include appetizers, a gourmet dinner, and an hour of improv comedy. 

Tickets can be purchased online, or by contacting  Deb Howe at (847) 742-3545 ext. 236 or through email.

Proceeds from this year's fundraiser benefit individuals utilizing treatment and prevention services. It's through these proceeds that Renz Center can help an individual overcome an opioid or other substance use disorder, or provide prevention programs that empower youth to develop positive decision-making skills.

Top event sponsors include Tighe, Kress & Orr PC, City of Elgin, JEP Communications, and Lauderdale Electric. 

Epicurean Delight Raffle Tickets On Sale

Apple iPad Pro - A $649 value
The latest from Apple, the iOS 11 iPad Pro 10.5 includes:

*Redesigned Retina display...brighter, less reflective

*ProMotion technology with support for a 120 Hz refresh rate

*600 nits for brightness; P3 wide color display; 1.8% reflectivity

*Wi-Fi and full-size onscreen keyboard

*Weighs less than a pound

*Up to 10-hour battery life

*64 gigabytes

A pple Watch Series 1  - A $249 value
Colorful graphics help visualize the ways you move each day, and smart coaching features help you hit your activity goals. Receive calls, messages, and notifications and do things quickly and conveniently right from your wrist, so you never miss a beat. Includes:

*Dual-core processor

*Splash resistant (Apple Watch Series 1 has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. Apple Watch Series 1 is splash and water resistant, but submerging Apple Watch Series 1 is not recommended.)

*Aluminum Case

Mystery Basket- A $400 Value
The best part of a mystery is the surprise it holds, and this basket is full of... hint, hint ...things to do and taste.

Raffle tickets are 1 for $10, 5 for $45, 10 for $80, and 14 for $100
Raffle tickets can be purchased:
1. By visiting Bidding For Good
2. Calling Deb Howe at (847) 742-3545 ext. 236
3. Emailing Deb Howe

Red Ribbon Week
Volunteers  Needed

To bring awareness to teen drug prevention during  Red Ribbon Week, 
the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy  Elgin  is seeking volunteers to help 
attach red ribbons to  Highland Ave  and  East Chicago St bridges on 
Sunday,  October 21, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  All ribbons will be provided. 
If you  are able to volunteer even as little as 30 minutes,  please sign up below.

Throughout Red Ribbon Week, the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin (CSHE) has several community events planned to help bring awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. T his year's theme, "Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.", focuses on the many different opportunities parents have to talk to their teens whether it be at home, the dinner table, family outings, or with friends and extended family.
To kick off Red Ribbon week, residents are invited to help place ribbons along Highland Ave. and East Chicago St. bridges on October 21, 2-5 p.m.  "The red ribbons on the bridge serve as a reminder to parents to talk to their teens about drugs and alcohol prevention," said CSHE President Keith Goins. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't; yet, only a quarter of teens report having these conversations, reported the National Family Partnership.
Community residents are also invited October 24, 7 p.m., to hear Elgin Mayor David Kaptain proclaim October 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week in a special proclamation at the City Council meeting. No reservations are needed for this free event.
Throughout Red Ribbon Week, the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin (CSHE) and Renz Addiction Counseling Center staff will be visiting local middle and high schools to talk to teens about drug and alcohol prevention. Parents are encouraged to ask their teens about any school Red Ribbon activities they may have participated in.

For more information on Red Ribbon Week or the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin, visit

Bidding For Good 
O nline Auction  Now Open

Renz Center is offering an assortment of gift cards and tickets on Bidding For Good, in addition to a raffle for an Apple Smart Watch, Apple iPad, and a Mystery basket.

Visit  to get great deals and participate in our online raffle. 

Auction ends October 17th!

Renz Center Welcomes New Clinical Director

Jim Brunetti, MS, LCPC, joined Renz Center earlier this month as the Center's new clinical director.

Prior to Renz, Brunetti was the clinical director at Stonybrook Center in Wheaton, IL. He's a licensed clinical professional counselor with the state of Illinois, with alcohol and drug dependence as his area of specialty. Brunetti has experience working with medication-assisted treatment in an outpatient setting, and is a certified SMART Recovery facilitator. 

"As a clinician, I find it gratifying to be part of a process that involves people improving their life by making positive changes, outside of their comfort level, in areas that they struggled in the past," said Brunetti.

For more information on Jim Brunetti or other clinical staff counselors, visit .

Ecker Center and Renz Center Merge
Center for Mental Health and Renz Addiction Counseling Center today announced plans to affiliate their agencies to create a new,larger behavioral health agency to provide integrated services  to community members in western Cook and central/northern Kane Counties as well as many Medicaid insured individuals in search of mental health services. Centere d on a steadfast commitment to client centered services,this mutually beneficial partnership will combine two organizations with similar cultures and core values. The merger will allow a cost savings by combining each agency's back office operations and make integrated services easier for those with a dual diagnosis of a mental health and substance use disorder. Both agencies will maintain their current locations in Elgin, St.Charles and Streamwood.
Each agency will retain their name identity for their respective
programs  and will continue  their  separate tax  identification  and license numbers. A new name for the combined agencies is  not planned at this time. The combined agency will have a budget of nearly $8 million with approximately  150 staff . No staff reductions will occur as a result of the  merger.

Thank you for being a supporter of Renz Center. Whether you are an area professional who informs and refers potential clients or you are a generous donor, we appreciate the partnership in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

Deb Howe, Director of Marketing & Fund Development
Renz Addiction Counseling Center

Renz Center is a non-profit organization funding in part by the federal government, Fox Valley United Way, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and other local community organizations. To find out more about Renz Center's programs, call (847) 742-3545 or visit