Project Recovery – What is Project Recovery?

What is Project Recover?

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc.’s Project Recover is about creating a systematic, community-wide support network for individuals in all stages of recovery from substance use and abuse and mental illness, and their families throughout Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Eleven Recovery Zones have been identified throughout the Herkimer and Oneida County area; they include:  Dolgeville, Herkimer, Town of Webb and Winfield in Herkimer County; and in Oneida County Boonville, Camden, Rome, Trenton, Utica, Vernon and Waterville.

Built upon the solid foundation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Recovery Model, the Recovery Zones will center on the four pillars of recovery:  health, home, purpose and community.  Capitalizing upon the depth of lived experience, utilizing peer-to-peer recovery coaches as integral role models, mentors, leaders and facilitators is paramount to the design of Project Recover. 

Individuals, groups, agencies and businesses are needed to make Project Recover a reality.  Here are some different methods to make an impact:

  • Commit resources – perhaps you have a sign business and would like to make signs for the Recovery Zones; maybe you have positions open and are able to re-train people in recovery; maybe you’ll commit financial resources to allow meaningful social recreation activities for individuals in recovery and their families.
  • Perhaps you’re a person in recovery and you’d like to be a peer mentor.
  • Do you own or work at a business that would benefit from education about making it ‘recovery friendly?’ Our staff and volunteers would love to help you create such an environment.
  • Have an idea that hasn’t been mentioned?  Let’s explore it! 

Our thanks to the Good News Foundation and the Dominion Foundation for their commitment of funds to Project Recover and to making a difference in our community. 

To find out more about Project Recover, please contact Judith H. Reilly, Community Programs Director a call at 315.768.2641 or

Posted by Morgen Irwin