Warm Hearts & Hands Coat Drive

October 16, 2013

Community Recovery Resources has teamed up with community partners Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and the Salvation Army on the 2013 Warm Hearts & Hands Coat Drive.    Many people lack enough warm clothing to stay protected throughout winter, and lack the money to buy that clothing.  Help those in need stay warm this winter.

Warm Hearts & Hands is a free community event!


Please drop off your gently used coats to one of the convenient drop-off locations by October 25th.

  • Salvation Army – 10725 Alta Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Sierra Nevada Children’s Services – 256 Buena Vista Street, Ste 101, Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • CoRR – 180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945


  • Nevada County Superintendent of Schools – 112 Nevada City Hwy, Nevada City, CA  95959
  • Alta Sierra School – 16607 Annie Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • Cottage Hill School- 22600 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • Deer Creek Elementary – Hoover Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959
  • Grass Valley Charter School – 225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Magnolia School – 22431 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • Ready Springs FRC – Penn Valley


Are you in need of a warm coat for the upcoming season? This year, we have THREE locations on separate days for added convenience. Join us at NO COST.

November 5th –
10:00am – 6:00pm
November 6th –
10:00am – 4:00pm
November 7th –
10:00am – 4:00pm
CoRR – The Campus Sierra Nevada Children’s  Services Salvation Army
180 Sierra College Drive 256 Buena Vista Street, Ste 101 10725 Alta Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 273-9541 (530) 272-8866 (530) 274-3500

Want to help out?

We need assistance getting the donated items washed and sorted. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Melissa Kelley (530) 273-9541 ext 226 or mkelley@corr.us


CoRR Campus Announces Capital Campaign

October 16, 2013


This fall,  Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Campus, and the success of the initial phase of the capital campaign for developing this beautiful resource.

The Campus at dusk
Photo Courtesy of Sugar Pine Studios

Grass Valley—The corner of Sierra College Drive and East Main Street in Grass Valley has the highest traffic count in Nevada County. Close to the hospital, Sierra College, Nevada Union High School and BriarPatch Co-op, thousands travel the intersection daily. On one corner sits a new set of buildings, the innovative flagship of Community Recovery Resources (CoRR). It is here that over 2,000 individuals a year will recover from substance abuse and related mental health challenges, visit their primary care physician, attend health and well-being classes, or obtain pre-employment drug testing.

Having opened in autumn of 2012, The Campus is bringing recovery to Main Street. A $9.3 million dollar loan provided by USDA allowed CoRR to construct the buildings. Now the community is invited to help support The Campus and all the services it provides.

“We’re excited to be offering a full array of out patient programs, detox, residential treatment and transitional housing, child development and drug testing.” says Warren Daniels, CoRR’s CEO. “Now we’re equally excited to announce our Capital Campaign, which will help pay for the buildings housing on-site services taking place within this full spectrum community wellness facility.”

To date, more than $2.3 million dollars have been pledged by local citizens dedicated to supporting services to help resolve what has been identified as the largest challenge facing Nevada County. Another $400,000 was donated by the local contractors who constructed the project. Many donors emphasize they’re not only motivated by the opportunity to alleviate suffering, but also by the economic benefit that the project drives as reduces burden on public systems and taxpayers, and returns individuals to productive  citizens.

“In a 2011 survey of community leaders, substance abuse and mental illness were named as the largest issues facing Nevada County,” states retired Judge Al Dover, who saw first hand the devastating effects of alcohol and other drugs as five generations of addicts paraded through the courts. “I didn’t need to be told of the devastation. I saw it every day in my courtroom.” He continues, “The community has really stepped up to help alleviate the suffering that faces these individuals and their families. As CoRR’s Capital Campaign Chair, I’m proud to be a part of it.”

In making  this announcement of their Capital Campaign, CoRR is hoping to reach those who have not yet been invited to tour the facility and learn more about the programs housed within. Interested parties are invited to contact Deputy Director Ariel Lovett to arrange tours and obtain more information about making a gift to the campaign. “We’re in the process of designing our Donor Wall and want to make sure everyone with interest has the opportunity to get their name up there.”

The Campus was in the planning stages for years.

Fall colors at The Campus ~ Grass Valley

At that time Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) was a relatively small non-profit providing the majority of substance abuse education and treatment services in Nevada County.

When the CoRR Board of Directors and staff read the Grand Jury report they realized they needed to formulate a response as comprehensive and complex as the problem, finding a way to provide more efficiency and better outcomes to those accessing substance abuse and mental health services. They needed to identify all of the places traditional treatment was failing—the places people were slipping through the cracks or failing to access services in the first place—and remove identified barriers or place safety nets under places one might fall out of recovery.

Barriers to Treatment

A major barrier to treatment was the stigma attached to substance abuse and mental health issues. Another was literally being unable to get to services because they were not available in Nevada County or were not located in a single welcoming, dignified, convenient, accessible location. The ability to pay for treatment can be overwhelming and navigating financial assistance is difficult. Moms often had to choose between treating their illness or keeping their children with them.

Barriers to Successful Recovery

In Nevada County there were no detox services available, much less connected to treatment services, so if one successfully completed detox they were congratulated and wished luck—both in connecting with a recovery program with an open bed and in affording it. Families in recovery were provided disconnected services in disparate locations all over the state. Families were not taught about the disease of addiction and how best to support their loved one in recovery. After one successfully completed a residential treatment program they were often relegated back to the same situation that may have led them to seek services in the first place– a dysfunctional family situation, an abusive partner or their drinking buddies. Untreated co-occurring mental health disorders were not being addressed.

A New Model

CoRR began to rethink the traditional model of treatment, recognizing that 70% of those suffering with a substance abuse diagnosis also had diagnosable co-occurring mental health disorders, ranging from mild to severe. It simply wasn’t working to address one without the other. Families needed to be engaged as a whole, whatever that family unit might happen to look like, and services had to be accessible through a variety of funding sources; public, commercial and private pay. The 2005 Grand Jury Report identifying the unsustainable effects of drug abuse to our community was the catalyst that prompted CoRR to design The Campus, a comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment facility unlike any in the nation.

We invite you, if you have not already, to be part of this solution, and consider a donation to the Campus Capital campaign. Check out this short and beautiful 9 minute DVD to learn the story. 

For more information, you are invited to visit www.corr.us  or call Ariel Lovett 530-273-9541.




Talk. They Hear You.

October 16, 2013

The greatest influence on young people’s decisions to begin drinking or doing other drugs is the world they live in, including family, friends, schools, and the community environment.

PARENTS, you should know that the greatest influences on teens decision to be free from using alcohol or other drugs is YOU.
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking)

Sometimes parents are not sure how to have the conversation, and so may avoid it entirely. When was the last time you talked to your children about alcohol? Has it been a while? Are you wondering how to have the conversation?

It’s never too early to talk to your kids about alcohol. If you talk to them directly and honestly they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol use.

Here are some considerations to begin having these important conversations:

Short and frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child’s decisions about alcohol. Sitting down for the “big talk” about alcohol can be intimidating for both you and your child. Little talks take the pressure off of trying getting all the information out in one lengthy discussion, and your child will be less likely to tune you out. Try using these opportunities to talk; in the car, during dinner, or while you and your child are watching TV. And remember, the conversation goes both ways. It’s important to hear their point of view and listen to their feelings, concerns too.

They may even ask some tough questions like “Did you drink when you were a kid?” If you drank as a teenager, you’ll probably want to be honest but acknowledge that it was risky. Or, “Why do you drink?” you could point out that when you choose to drink it’s always in moderation to enhance a meal, or celebrate a special occasion with friends or family. You could also share with them that some people should not drink at all. Make a clear distinction between alcohol use among children and among adults.

Here’s another example of a great opportunity to talk about the risks of drinking: With football season in full swing we can expect to see more alcohol advertisements on TV. Studies show that exposure to enticing alcohol advertisements can influence young adolescent perceptions about acceptable drinking behavior and underage drinking in general. So talk about it… Not in a “Wow, that was a cool ad they had on during the Super Bowl,” kind of way. More like this; “Wow, they really make drinking alcohol look cool, don’t they? But drinking alcohol can really get people into lots of trouble — let’s talk about it”.

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County is partnering with SAMSHA to prevent underage drinking. Visit these web links for more information on the Talk they Hear You Campaign and other helpful tips and resources:





Community Recovery Resources celebrates local artists at The Campus ~ Grass Valley

October 16, 2013

With support from the Pioneer Arts Council, AsiF Studios, CoRR connected with local artists who chose to either donate their works or display, with a portion of any sales proceeds benefiting CoRR.

With our incredibly rich, diverse artistic community, we were fortunate to have begun a collection of exquisite art which is now on display throughout the facility. Current artists on display include Terry Juhl; Jim Lee; Sherry Dauphinais; Gretchen Davis; Michael Angell, and Vivien Kane.

We are honored and grateful to be able to display the talent of our local artisans and will feature an artist each issue. This season’s Featured Artist is Jim Lee who recalls painting for as long as he can remember.“As I grow older I feel more of a need to create my life through my painting. I’m putting more energy into my work making the paintings stronger, more exciting and fun. I’m concerned more with stronger color and composition than subject matter. Even though it has always been for my own enjoyment, painting is something I have to do. It may be because I’m not a verbal person. For me, painting is a more natural form of communication than words, and if I don’t paint, I get restless.”

“Hope Valley” by Jim Lee
On Display at The Campus
For Sale $300.00

See Jim Lee’s art by visiting The Campus – 180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Visit Jim Lee’s website at www.surfingbuddhaart.com

Jim came to the foothills of central California after a 24 year journey from his birth place in Boulder, Colorado, that included stops in Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam, Alaska and various coastal cities in California and the Pacific Northwest.

He began surfing at age twelve while living in Ocean Beach, CA. in the late 50’s. Jim could be seen towing his Balsa wood board to the beach on a makeshift trailer hitched to his bike. Since then most of his travels have centered on chasing the perfect wave. Painting has always been an outlet for expressing the feeling surfing has brought. Along the way, he studied art at the Monterey Peninsula College, Portland State University, University of Guam, and four years at Sierra College, studying print-making with John Hamilton.

In an evolution he partially attributes to domestication (that entered his life as Jim and his wife, DeBora, raised their two sons, Arlen and Ross), his work has moved away from experimentation with abstract forms and heavy texture to focus on his impressions of Sierra Foothill landscapes and inspired surfing images. The personal and philosophical impacts that the two environments have on him are reflected in his work.

See more of Jim Lee’s art by visiting The Campus – 180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Visit Jim Lee’s website at www.surfingbuddhaart.com


You’re Invited – Friday, September 27, 2013

September 4, 2013

CoRR’s Recovery Alumni Association and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County invite you to join the voices of recovery in celebration of those who are recovering and the people and organizations who make recovery possible.

For more information about National Recovery Month and The Campus in Grass Valley…Call 530.273.9541 or email info@corr.us

Click HERE to download event flyer

Did you know?

February 18, 2013

CoRR has a child development program that serves the children of families enrolled in programs at the new CoRR Campus in Nevada County as well as the Mothers in Recovery program in Placer County. The child development centers help to stabilize programs provide a safe nurturing program for children of all ages, although most of our young guests are 0-5.  Parents report that they feel good about leaving their children in our care and it really helps parents to focus on their programs. We strive to create a team approach where parents feel valued and heard. Our qualified staff have been trained in a non-violence approach to working with children that creates strong trusting relationships. It is evident that children love it here, even just watching them run down the hallway to “their classroom” and eagerly bang on the door!

Over the last six months, we have served nearly 100 children through these two programs. Each child that is in our programs has a developmental survey done and staff work with parents to develop an education plan that addresses, social emotional skills, large and small motor skills, friendship and coping skills to help parents learn more about what strategies work best for their children and to help children feel good about themselves. We know that if we can provide this kind of support children’s learning will develop naturally and parents will see less negative behaviors. Parents tell us that they are so thankful for the program and they hope they can find a program.

Staff complete a social emotional assessment with each child to gauge their development, and provide an opportunity to teach parents about child development; celebrating children’s accomplishments, and identify any areas where more support might be necessary.  A  parent conference is held to go over an Action Plan that is designed to help parents develop strategies to support moving their child to the next developmental milestone.  Examples from our ASQ findings that benefitted from support and strategies included:

1-      Child Parentification – Children were encouraged by caregiver/parent to create an environment that fit their individual needs, followed by role-play that allowed the child to let-go and be a child.

2-      Separation Anxiety –   Parent would come in early to settle child in, and once they left, they did not come back to “check” on child thereby disrupting the child’s ability to feel safe with caregiver. Caregiver maintains boundaries with parent and child to help ensure that the child feels safe.  This is all done with lots of patience, love, listening and validating emotions for both parent and child.

3-      Language Development – Replacing inappropriate behaviors, validating emotions, encouraging appropriate words that can be heard and needs addressed.

4-      Coping Skills – Intentional environment, gentle touch to get an adults attention, active listening, calm-down space, validate emotions through love and compassion.

When we couple our child development program with parenting classes, parent empowerment groups, and life skill classes, the whole family can be successful. Through the child development program, families can get more support through the social worker to create a plan to help them find work, housing, food and quality child development programs. Our current project is to develop a peace garden where families can learn how to grow their own food and be one with nature. We are always looking for volunteers and community support to make our program one that feels like it’s own  little village!


A Gift for Life

November 27, 2012

After the shopping binge of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, here’s a way to give back: the newly minted day called Giving Tuesday.

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year, you can be one of the first to help create Giving Tuesday: opening day for the giving season.

Today, Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

It’s a simple idea, and it feels good.  How do you, your family, your community, your company/ organization join in acts of giving? If you give to CoRR, we thank you, and can assure you that your investment is a meaningful one, with dividends of community health, safety, and pride.

Tell everyone you can about how you give and why it matters, and join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

CLICK HERE to donate online.



Get Clean for Good: in time for the Holidays

November 20, 2012

Soap for Hope is all-natural soap is handmade by women in recovery at Hope House, CoRR’s residential program for women and women with children, and Soroptimist International of Grass Valley (SIGV). SIGV  are long-time sponsors of Hope House, and now they’ve teamed up with women in the program to make and market this soap to support recovery.

What’s in it? A recipe for success and self-esteem. The soap itself contains a pleasantly balanced mixture of coconut oil base, shea butter, cocoa butter, the essential oil of ylang ylang, and a hint of essential vanilla oil.


Why donate to this project? This soap is about health and hope. It’s good for  you, good for the planet, and it does good work. Its all-natural ingredients are environmentally healthy and the donations go to rebuilding families in our community.

Who do the proceeds benefit? All proceeds from Soap for Hope are dedicated toward promoting substance abuse prevention and recovery programs in our communities.

How can you help? 

  1. Purchase: A bar, a batch, or a truck load for family, friends, and yourself. $4.00 each. Perfect, meaningful hostess gifts, holiday gifts for co-workers, or stocking stuffers.
  2. Donate: Time, energy, monetary donations to keep this project alive.
  3. Ask: Your friends, family, and co-workers to help support too.
  4. Promote: Speak up about the very real disease of addiction and how it affects families and community; help reduce stigma around acknowledging an addiction and getting help; share the fact that treatment works and recovery happens; and tell people how they can help the growth of our community.

For more information on Soap For Hope contact: Melissa Kelley at 530.273.9541 ext 226 or email orders to  melissan@corr.us


Attitude of Gratitude

November 20, 2012

From the CoRR family to yours, Community Recovery Resources wishes you health, happiness, peace, and joy this holiday season. As we reflect on gratitude at Thanksgiving  time, we are grateful for the people and organizations who share our vision of recovery, health, and hope.

We also know that the holidays can be a difficult time; it is common to experience feelings of stress and lonliness. Did you know that expressing gratitude can have profound and positive effects not only on your mental health, but also on your physical health? Taking time daily to think abuot what you are grateful for and write it down can have very real benefits to your health. We get notes and messages of gratitude every day from individuals and families in our programs. Read on for some examples to cultivate gratitude.

I am thankful for…

…the opportunity to get clean and sober. I am thankful for this chance and am looking forward to living the life I’ve always wanted.

…being reunited with my kids soon.

…being around loving people.

…the opportunity to participate in the recovery program at South Placer. It is showing me how to live and stay sober and I am really grateful for that.

…my childhood and upbringing, my friends, family and others who offer support.

…my children; they are what stopped me from ending my life when I was in my deepest depression.

…all of the counselors and the support they offer me.

…being clean and sober today.

…the help I am receiving at the facility . None of this would be possible  without your help.

…the counseling and the great group of people I have been blessed to be around while going through this difficult time.

… my husband and son saying they are proud of me.

…a beautiful place with beautiful women!

…my open mind, the Hope House, and my kids.

… having the courage to get help and for having the chance to get better and for my life.

…The Hope House saving my life, giving me tools to use daily, and bringing my family together again. I love life today!

…sobriety and such an amazing staff at Hope House and Jeff.

…being present to deal with life as it happens, not being in  my addiction!

…my family and being able to spend time with them clean.

…my beautiful daughter.

…my sobriety and my new healthy life!

…the new miracles and blessings I have today!

…I would like to say thank you for this opportunity to change my life and to really look at my life and be in this treatment program. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

…There are no words to express how I feel and how truly blessed I am to have hope and a new outlook on life.

 Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!




7 Holiday Tips for People in Recovery

November 20, 2012

Regardless of our life situation, one of the most difficult times of the year is the holiday season. With competing demands for time and unrealistic expectations, we find ourselves overwhelmed. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, and trying to afford it all, to name just a few. During this time, we strive to stay grounded in our health and recovery. We’ve offered some practical tips to help think about the holidays and plan ahead.

1.  Maintain your healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.

2. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, can refresh you and help you handle demands. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

3. Create a list. Make a list of people you can call if you feel like drinking. This list must consist of people who will support you and prevent you from drinking/using; it might be your sponsor. If you have a cell phone, and most of us do, carry it with you at all times.This tip applies anytime of the year. Don’t tough it out. Don’t give yourself an excuse to do something to jeopardize your sobriety.

4. Steer Clear. Stay away from all the slippery places you once drank or used. Be selective about what invitations you accept. If your family members are big drinkers or have other addictions, it stands to reason that you may wish to steer clear of celebrations on those days. Kindly and confidently reminding your family and friends that your health and safety is the most important way to show them you love them can ease the challenge of bowing out of holidays. If you are going to be in a situation where alcohol is present, mentally rehearse your actions; what you might fill your glass with.

5. Have an attitude of gratitude. One of the best ways to turn the holiday blues around is to write a list of blessings. Write it each morning. It might seem silly at first, but by time you hit ten you’ll be much happier. You might give thanks for your sober days; counting up the days can afford a measure of comfort and peace. This is a big achievement, and one that you’ve worked hard for.

6.  Have back-up plans ready.  If you’re prepared with a reasonable response when you’re at a party and getting ready to leave and someone asks you to stay, it’s not only less stressful, it’s also essential. You’ve got an easy out, no one’s feelings are hurt, and you’ve been true to your sobriety.

7.  Spend your time with your recovery community. These friends will understand the impact of the holidays better than anyone. The truth is that those in recovery aren’t any more immune to depression and loneliness than someone who’s never had a problem with alcohol. Thousands of people of all ages experience loneliness and depression during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. But the difference is that you, since you are in recovery, have an automatic support network of your recovery community and 12-step sponsor and group members.

Remember, the holidays are a stressful time but they can be filled with great wonderment. Be a part of the joy and not the sorrow.