Our goal is to start an alumni and mentor program for participants of Marion County’s Recovery Court program. In order to create a successful program, we will define the purpose, organization, and procedures of the Marion County Recovery Court Alumni & Mentor Program.
What is a Recovery Court Mentor?
A Recovery Court Mentor is an individual who can support, advise, and guide participants through the Marion County Recovery Courts because the RC Mentor themselves have been through the program. The RC Mentor takes the time to get to know the participants and the challenges they are facing in Recovery Court, and then use their understanding and experience to help them overcome obstacles along the way. All mentors with the Marion County Recovery Court Alumni Program are also trained through the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy.
To create a safe, healthy, and nonjudgmental environment for Recovery Court participants, graduates, and their families. To promote and help one another achieve sobriety by building a foundation that will encourage success in long term recovery through fellowship, networking, meetings, and fun.
Our purpose is to cultivate a group of leaders and peers by bringing together our community, creating events and feeding each other's spirit through connection and fellowship. To let everyone, know that Recovery is Possible!!
The alumni and mentor program shall be comprised of past participants. Members of the program should be of good character, sound morality, and actively working an addiction recovery program. Members are to receive recommendations from Board members to be considered for the role of an Alumni or Mentor.
Our peer support meetings are intended to create and promote an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding to support hope and healing for all individuals. Meetings will be held at Zero Hour Life Center which is open to past and present participants.
Advisory meetings for Board Members, Alumni, and Mentors will be held once a week. Meeting minutes will be made available to all members.
Events hosted by the Alumni & Mentor program include social activities, community networking, advisory meetings and addiction recovery meetings.
The Board of the Marion County Recovery Courts Alumni & Mentor program must include the following positions: Program Manager, Co-chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Events Coordinator.
Drug Court Staffing
Members of the Board may be selected to attend drug court staffing. The Board members may only be allowed to attend staffing for the individual specified in relation to the Alumni & Member program. All members will adhere to a professional and ethnical code of conduct when discussing information pertaining to any drug court participant.
Alumni Board Members
Program Manager- Robert Cooper
Co-Chairs- Shantell Dyess & Phillip Brown
Secretary- Lorissa Parks
Treasurer- Cheyenne Wallace
Event Coordinators- Aspasia Gatchell & Jackie Myres
What is the Marion County Recovery Court Alumni Program?
The Marion County Recovery Court Alumni (MCRCA) Program provides many social opportunities in which former participants can mingle and interact in a surrounding that does not involve the use of drugs or alcohol. These activities can include cook outs, fundraisers, beach trips, and various other activities. The alumni program also provides weekly recovery groups hosted by an alumni at Zero Hour Life Center which is open to past and present participants.
What is expected of me as a MCRC Alumni?
As an alumni you are expected to remain sober, actively work a program of recovery, abstain from participating in any illegal activities, attend and participate in fellowship events, host alumni groups, if able to and when needed, and respect fellow alumni and recovery court participants.
What is a Recovery Court Mentor?
A Recovery Court Mentor is an individual who can support, advise, and guide you through the Marion County Recovery Courts because the RC Mentor themselves have been through the program. The RC Mentor takes the time to get to know you and the challenges you are facing in Recovery Court, and then uses their understanding and experience to help you overcome obstacles along the way. All mentors with the Marion County Recovery Court Alumni Program are also trained through the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy.
What is expected of me as a Recovery Court Mentor?
As a Recovery Court Mentor with MCRCA you are expected to have (6) months minimum of sobriety, be actively working a program of recovery, take the (5) day CCAR recovery coach training at no cost to you through Zero Hour Life Center, participate in fellowship events, and guide your mentee through the phases of Recovery Court using your experience and training.