The Recovery Current
news & updates
August 24, 2019 | Issue 1
In memory of our lost loved ones
Raising Funds to promote recovery and prevent overdoses - memorializing our loved ones through tributes
Savannah Millner was an outgoing adventurous person who was up for anything friends and family wanted to do. She always had a smile on her face and a laugh that you knew it was hers. She had a lot of loving, caring friends and family. She was an independent woman who didn't want to rely on anyone. She loved her gelato ice cream and loved good food. Savannah loved the beach and sand. You could tell her anything and she wouldn't judge you.

In memory of Savannah, her grandmother, JoAnn Toranto, created a fundraiser for Foundation for Recovery and has raised nearly $5,000 to support recovery in the community and our neighbors who are struggling today. Our hearts go out to Savannah and her family.
How to start a fundraiser in tribute of your loved one
Each year in August, we remember those we've lost to overdose. The 31st of the month is International Overdose Awareness Day. As our great nation battles the addiction crisis, we can raise awareness by sharing our stories and coming together as a community to honor those we've lost.

Starting a fundraiser in tribute of your loved one helps raise awareness while supporting community programs of recovery and overdose prevention.

Title your fundraiser in the name of your loved one and add a story about their life in the fundraiser description.
Welcome the newest additions to the Foundation for Recovery team!
Sean O'Donnell, M.S.
Director of Communications
Sean is a person living in recovery from substance use disorder and depression. He grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he studied public relations and project management. During graduate school, Sean lost two close friends to the disease of addiction... Continue Reading >>>
Lisa Lee, M.A., CPRSS
Program Director, Northern Office
Lisa has worked in the healthcare field since 2004 in a variety of positions ranging from bodywork, medical billing, case management, housing programs, to assertive community treatment (ACT) case management for people experiencing homelessness ... Continue Reading >>>
Wayne Simpson, CPRSS
Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist
My name is Wayne Simpson. I have been in long term recovery since September 6th 1999 and currently work as a Peer Support Specialist servicing the homeless community at Nevada Behavioral Health’s drop in and support center. I was raised in England, but have lived in Las Vegas since 1983 ... Continue Reading >>>
Drake Dembke, CPRSS
Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Drake was raised in Carson City, Nevada, and is in long-term recovery from heroin and methamphetamine. Drake is a certified peer support specialist and has worked in recovery housing and medication-assisted recovery ...
Winner of the Giveaway A Getaway Flash Fundraiser Announced!
Enjoy Your Week-long getaway to Del Mar, California!
Thank you to everyone who donated! We're pleased to announce K. Mancha was randomly selected as the winner and will be enjoying a week-long getaway to the beautiful coast and breezy weather in Del Mar. (and congratulations on your new position as Executive Director of Yoga Haven!)
Recovery Programs. Moving Forward.
Peer Recovery Support Specialists in the emergency department saves lives.

The unique partnership between Dignity Health and Foundation for Recovery has enriching outcomes.

"... thanks to Dignity Health Community Grant Program, he is on his way to recovery. In his own words, he is “grateful” for the Connect-ED program."
Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative

Similar to workplace wellness programs, recovery-friendly workplaces foster a corporate culture of celebrating recovery, providing support and confronting the shame and stigma of addiction within the workplace.

Is your organization talking to the 1 in 3 American households affected?

Foundation for Recovery is working to promote the Recovery-friendly workplaces across Nevada and support employers in the process.
A Recovery Resource in Pahrump

Earlier this month as part of the Nevada Statewide Recovery Network, we spent some time in Pahrump with Living Free Health - an amazing nonprofit providing recovery services to the community.

Pahrumpians came together to help with the buildout of the brand new space.

The Statewide Network aims to promote, support and enhance addiction and mental health recovery community and non-clinical peer recovery support organizations and services throughout Nevada.

The Network connects resources and advocates across the state to amplify our work and learn from each other.
Mobilizing the Recovery Community in Nevada

On Saturday, July 13, we came together to lay the groundwork for a plan to energize our communities and identify key changes needed to advance a recovery-focused agenda.

Seasoned community organizer, and fellow recovery advocate, Aaron Kucharski, lead the meeting, answered questions, and game us tools to start leading and mobilizing our communities. 

Aaron is a nationally recognized Grassroots Specialist in organizing the recovery community. He has managed and mobilized advocates in more than 20 states towards significant community and culture change, legislative victories, civic engagement campaigns, and effective direct actions. As a person in recovery and lifelong activist, he is determined and passionate about sharing his expertise with as many communities and statewide advocacy groups as possible to show that the recovery advocacy movement is real, and is a constituency of consequence.
A National Convening of Recovery Advocates from Across the Country

In mid-July, Mobilize Recovery kicked off a massive national effort to organize and train hundreds of carefully selected individuals and advocacy groups from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. to work together and maximize impact to end America's addiction crisis. 

Mobilize Recovery is one of one hundred projects worldwide selected as a part of Facebook's Community Leadership Project initiative and was organized by The Voices Project.

Foundation for Recovery was pleased to be the host organization, welcoming visitors to Las Vegas for the conference.
The Caring Closet is Looking for Support

The Caring Closet is officially open at our Las Vegas Recovery Community Center.

The closet offers a wide range of clothing available to the community at no cost.

Have some clothes you could donate?

We're in need of some men's jeans and socks.
Your Two Cents
We're giving our website a facelift and would like your input
As we redesign the Foundation for Recovery Website, we are looking for input from the people that matter most, the people that use the website, people like YOU!

Take a few minutes to share your feedback and help us develop an outstanding place to find information, receive training, and connect with resources.
Upcoming Trainings
Continuing Education Credit Opportunities
Introducing CRAFT Facilitator Training
Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) helps family members learn skills to improve personal self-care, communication and their relationship with a loved one by using the principles and skills taught with the evidenced-based CRAFT Model.

We recently launched the first CRAFT Facilitator training Which prepares facilitators to teach the 12-week CRAFT sessions for families in their community.

To apply for the class, please contact Skip Farley at or via phone at (702)257-8199

Upcoming Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training
We're enrolling a new class of recovery peers this September for the comprehensive Peer Specialist Training Course. This course offers a 46-hour curriculum for those with lived experience with addiction and/or co-occurring disorder recovery who want to serve as a trained mentor or coach to those in or seeking recovery.

The training is held at the Foundation for Recovery Las Vegas center and will be held over two weekends in September. Sep. 7-8 and 14-15. Attendees must complete both weekends.

For more information, contact Sean O'Donnell at or via phone at (702)461-9649
Attend the Nevada Recovery Network Academy and join a statewide network
As part of the Nevada Statewide Recovery Network, we've developed leadership training courses to give you the tools to begin mobilizing around recovery in your community.

The Academy combines 10 courses and is delivered in-person, over several weeks.

The trainings are currently held twice per month at New Leaf Family Services.
Join a community of other Peers on Global Peer Support Day
Global Peer Support Day is an annual educational event for peer specialists and takes place in cities across the world.

This year, we're hosting Global Peer Support Day in partnership with the VA.

The full-day event will take place at the VA education building on October 17. We'll share more updates as we get closer to the event.

HIV/STI/HCV Training Enhancement for Peer Specialists
This four hour training will give peers the understanding of common STI's and how to appropriately work with their peers who may have been exposed to STI or need sexual health education.

Mark your calendars, this training will be taking place from 3:30 - 7:30 on October 2nd.