The idea for the Miami Recovery Project started in Las Vegas, NV in July of 2019. Mobilize Recovery was the inaugural meeting dedicated to preparing leaders to mobilize recovery communities across the nation. Thomas Guerra was selected to attend this conference and there he discovered how other communities were being supported. He also realized how behind the Miami community was. After months of deliberation and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thomas founded the Miami Recovery Project in April of 2020. Anthony Baretto and Sherri Ahern jumped onboard as the founding board members. The Miami Recovery Project was formed into a non-profit organization focused on providing recovery support to the Miami community. Miami Recovery Project is an emerging RCO that is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
A recovery community organization (RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. These organizations organize recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and/or provide peer-based recovery support services (P-BRSS). The broadly defined recovery community – people in long-term recovery, their families, friends and allies, including recovery-focused addiction and recovery professionals – includes organizations whose members reflect religious, spiritual and secular pathways of recovery. The sole mission of an RCO is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Public education, policy advocacy and peer-based recovery support services are the strategies through which this mission is achieved.
Valentine, P., White, W. & Taylor, P. (2007) The recovery community organization: Toward a definition. Posted at http://www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/pdf/valentine_white_taylor_2007.pd f
The mission of Miami Recovery Project is to support recovery in all its forms and increase recovery capital in the recovery community. MRP provides recovery support services through peer support, advocacy, education and stigma reduction.
Miami Recovery Project envisions a community where everyone has an equal opportunity to recover from alcohol and substance use. One day recovery will be destigmatized and understood by all.