The Road to Recovery
Community Recovery Center celebrates 30 years of service
Published May 14, 2012 @ 3:59 p.m.
The Community Recovery Center of Garza County invites the community to its 30th Anniversary/Open House May 17, 4:00-7:00 p.m., to meet the staff and tour the facility. The CRC is located at 405 S Avenue C, on the back side of the old mill building. Refreshments will be served.
Established in May of 1982 as the City/County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program, the Community Recovery Center has withstood the test of time as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year. The “Center” was founded and established by co-founders Glenda Baker and Nelda Dalby.
These two visionary women saw an immediate need within the community and responded in the means they best knew to provide local assistance for individuals and families that were impacted by alcoholism and drug abuse. In 1995 the City/County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program changed its name to the Community Recovery Center to better reflect the services provided.
The center initially started on a six month trial basis by the County Commissioners Court to match funds for a chemical dependence counselor. It developed into a non-profit charitable organization that has responded to the community’s need by providing counseling and assistance for the past thirty years. Throughout the years there has been a steady flow of clients whose lives have been impacted by the compassionate and caring staff at the Center.
The current staff at the Center includes Counselor and Director for 3 years, Chris Atkinson, LCDC, ADC II, CART; Administrative Assistant Merika Strivens for 3 ½ years and two volunteer Licensed Professional
Counselor students that assist with education and counseling. “ The volunteers have helped the center expand the services now provided to the community,” Atkinson said. Oversight of the center is provided by an eight member Board of Directors of Garza County citizens, which includes one of the Center’s co-founders.
The CRC has continued to change and adapt to the needs of Garza County and, according to Director Chris Atkinson, “We will continue to change to meet the needs of the community, as best we can, to offer
comprehensive care and services to those we can. We’ll also continue to assist those we can’t provide services for by helping with the coordination of services with other agencies.” Atkinson also explained that Garza County is “way ahead of the curve” in providing services that take the place of state programs that have lost funding.
The Center has operated throughout the past thirty years with support from the county, city, private donors and recently has begun hosting an elegant annual fall fundraiser. The Center, with the support of
local organizations and individuals, has also hosted annual community swim parties for youth. All services at the center such as education classes are available at no cost for schools, religious entities and business organizations. Because the CRC does not receive state and federal funding, the center
has more flexibility in its operation. “Support from our community is great,” Atkinson said.
Annual Scholarship Established
This year the Center has established a scholarship, in honor of and named after past Director C.J. Schoenrock. The scholarship will be awarded to a Garza County graduating student that will be pursuing continuing education at an institute of higher learning in the field of counseling, psychiatry, psychology
Services provided by the Community Recovery Center for both adolescents and adults include, but are not limited to: counseling; recovery support services; recovery coaching; anger management classes; family/marriage counseling; substance abuse education classes; parenting classes; screenings
and assessments; Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Program (TYTAP); life skills and aftercare support services.
After an initial screening and assessment fee, clients that are brought into services receive these services at no additional cost. The fees that are collected help fund the C.J. Schoenrock scholarship, thus those
seeking services are helping further the education of our young people in the community.
Entertainment Package Raffle
The Center is currently conducting a fundraiser to help make the scholarship self-sustaining. An entertainment package consisting of: two premium seats to the June 29 Alan Jackson concert in Lubbock, dinner for two at Las Brisas in Lubbock, two tickets to Ragtown Gospel Theater, two movie passes for the Tower Theater and dinner for two at Holly’s. All of these are included in one package and the winning ticket will be drawn June 15, 2012. Ticket prices are $5.00 each or 6 tickets for $20.00. Anyone interested in purchasing a raffle ticket should contact the Community Recovery Center at 806.495.3173.