Friends of Recovery Foundation, Inc.
WELCOME! If you are new to our site and our mission then we are glad you found us! If you are an old friend, we are happy to see you, again. Old or new, one of the first common bonds we see is that our stories and circumstances that brought us together were pretty similar. This is always a big shock because we have always thought of ourselves as unique, right?? When anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I never said anything like: "oh, you know, I just want to self-destruct and see how much damage I can cause" and, even though I was in church multiple times each week, the lessons just didn't sink in. I needed 12 more steps about "how to" live life. By now, you probably realize the value of having others around who have been down the same path, therefore, can relate to what you have been through, more importantly, can help you navigate what’s ahead. Our organization is made up of people who have been there and we can help. We are not counselors, although we have members who have chosen that field because of their desire to serve others. We are volunteers with a passion for helping people find the road to recovery through the 12 steps. We know it will work for others because it worked for us and continues to do so as long as we continue to share what we have learned and help others do the same.
For 28 years, our organization has provided a haven for addicts seeking a way to live without the use of drugs. (We believe alcohol is a drug, too, just liquid in form.) Whether the drug is in pill, powder, or liquid form, it causes the same destruction to self and others. We hope you will take a chance and ask us questions, usually, we have answers. If not, we know someone in the community who will be able to help. We keep what we have by giving it away, so, do us a favor and let us help.
Mission - our mission is accomplished by providing a centralized facility available to any 12-step recovery group, no matter their specific affiliation (e.g., AA, NA, CA, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon) which can be used for regularly scheduled weekly meetings, special functions, and events that are recovery related.
Recovery Central - the name of our facility. Located in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, we are within 30 minutes driving distance from Benton, North Little Rock, Conway, Cabot, Maumelle, and Jacksonville. Pine Bluff is approximately 45 minutes and Hot Springs is about an hour away.
Since we opened the doors for the first 12-step meeting in 1992, all efforts to carry out the mission of the organization have been performed by volunteers, including the managing Board of Directors. Most volunteers also have "day" jobs, families, other social commitments and responsibilities. We all know what a precious commodity time is, though, which is why it is truly a testament to the dedication and commitment to our mission that we are still here to open the doors of Recovery Central after nearly 30 years!
We are fortunate to have a variety of skilled members who freely give of themselves to ensure Recovery Central operates successfully. To give you an idea of the skills and qualifications our members have contributed over the years
The groups that meet at Recovery Central are not required to pay rent, enabling them to focus on their recovery. However, one of the priniciples in all 12-step fellowships include working towards being self-supporting. Therefore, donations based on attendance are made when possible.
All other funding for the maintenance and operation of Recovery Central comes from charitable donations, membership dues, and various fundraising activities.
FOR membership is available to anyone interested in supporting our mission.
We have two big fundraising events each year. In the Spring, we have RecoveryGives. That's just us and all local. In the Fall, we join with millions of other nonprofits on a global scale for GivingTuesday. ALL of the proceeds from these events, and any other donations that come in throughout the year, or, on a monthly recurring plan, go back into keeping the doors open and the lights on at Recovery Central. We do not have anyone working as an employee, so, please feel free to give generously!
We have two fundraisers each year. The Spring event is called RecoveryGives and it's just us, whereas, the Fall event, GivingTuesday, is a global affair! Just to be clear, though, we accept your donations ANYTIME!