The basis of services and programming available through the Recovery Center is Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS). These are non-clinical services focusing on removing barriers and providing invaluable resources to those who are seeking to achieve and maintain long- term recovery. Support services involve volunteers who seek to share their experience, strength and hope with others.
The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. It is not a clubhouse. It is a place where life’s challenges are faced with solutions and guidance. It is a place where skills are shared and learned. It is a place where isolation becomes inclusion and strangers become friends.
The RCC is not be a treatment center, it is not a 12 Step club, nor is it a drop-in center, though aspects of all of these are apparent. Though qualified staff members will be on duty during operating hours, peer-to-peer recovery support services volunteers will be the primary providers of services.
The center provides education, information, referrals, peer support services and fellowship for those seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorder. The program is staffed by qualified addiction counselors and peer support specialists and is be open seven days a week, at least ten hours per day.
The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. The RCC is not a treatment center, it is not a 12 Step club, nor is it a drop-in center, though aspects of all of these are apparent.
Participation in the Recovery Community Center services is free of charge. The center service emphasizes the peer–to-peer relationship and is managed by staff members certified by the Missouri Credentialing Board as either a MRSS or MRSS-P. Volunteers who self-identify as peers in recovery from a substance use disorder are also involved. The provides:
- A comfortable home-like atmosphere that encourages informal peer-to-peer helping relationships and includes separate space for groups to meet;
- Coffee, tea or other free or low-cost beverages and may offer free or low-cost healthy food items;
- A living room type space for informal peer-to-peer conversations with comfortable chairs, couches and lighting;
- Various types of social-interaction-inducing recreational activities, such as playing cards and other games;
- An atmosphere that is accessible, physically and emotionally safe, and located conveniently for consumers to walk or ride public transportation. The main Troost 24 bus stops right in front of the RCC.
- Hours of operation that are geared to the needs of consumers and include evening and weekend hours, seven days per week for twelve hours per day;
- Formal peer coaching relationships and structured life skills group educational opportunities are provided;
- A calendar of groups, educational opportunities and recreational activities shall be posted and updated at least monthly; and
- Linkage to and coordination with social services, support agencies in the community, as well as traditional mental health, substance abuse and physical health care service providers.
- Computer learning center with assistance in resume development and instruction in digital skills and job search skills.
Along with recovery oriented activities, a computer center is available to provide ongoing instruction in computer skills and job search assistance.
Other social activities are conducted to increase opportunities for fellowship and support for those who participate in the center’s activities.