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This year, 2020, Recovery Resources recognizes and celebrates 65 years of service.
Since 1955, thousands of people have entered our doors, looking for help and hope. We have been able to provide that thanks to our incredible staff, board members, community partners, and donors - past and present. Know that by supporting Recovery Resources, you are truly helping people TRIUMPH.

65 Years of Triumph


65 Seconds of Triumph 

We invite you to watch our video series “65 Seconds of Triumph.” These monthly videos are to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections we have with our clients and to share that everyone’s story matters.


Our History in a Nutshell
  • Alcohol Services of Cleveland
    One of our two founding agencies, Alcoholism Services of Cleveland, opened its doors in 1955. This would not have been possible without Marty Baker, who was helped into recovery by Alcoholics Anonymous. Wife of a prominent Cleveland businessman, Mrs. Baker saw that many others needed help, so when the National Council on Alcoholism tried to start a treatment agency in Cleveland, she worked tirelessly, raising $90,000 from her husband’s business associates. It was enough to open a small storefront on Huron Road. The center grew, and in recognition of the need to address all addictions, changed its name, becoming Recovery Resources.
  • Neighborhood Counseling Services
    Our second founding agency also has roots in the late 1970s. It began when Mel Edmonds, a steel worker, found himself disabled and out of work. He tried to get help, but found the existing community programs inadequate. Determined to change this, he rented a small storefront on Fulton Road in Ohio City, set up a kitchen table and started providing counseling to anyone who dropped in. Gradually, with help from others, he was able to secure grant money to expand, and Neighborhood Counseling Services began its journey to becoming a premier provider of mental health services in the community.  
  • Community Challenge
    In 2008, Recovery Resources formed a strategic partnership with Community Challenge, a group working to prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in Cleveland’s West Shore communities. Community Challenge was founded 23 years earlier by concerned parents and citizens of Rocky River to help reduce substance use and abuse by young people in its community. Community Challenge set its sights on broadening its reach throughout the West Shore communities, and since joining forces with RR has now provided prevention services in nearly all of the West Shore communities.
  • Spectrum
    Spectrum of Supportive Services, which joined the Recovery Resources family in 2011, focused on the provision of consumer-operated services and self-help/peer support services for Cuyahoga County adults with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. Operating six houses, condominiums or apartment clusters, these supported housing sites focus on providing as much autonomy as possible to those we serve. Spectrum is also home to the Employment Alliance, a supported employment program that assists with employment preparation, job coaching and on-the-job advocacy; the Warm Line, a peer-support staffed telephone line that provides a listening ear and transfers calls to Mobile Crisis when necessary; and six core Social Enterprises - businesses that employ clients living with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses to help them gain skills they want for competitive employment. These businesses include Custom Framing, Onsite Café Management, Bed Bug Eradication (using a safe, effective chemical-free, and cost-effective heat treatment process), Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Lawn & Landscape Care and Janitorial Service.
  • The MetroHealth System
    The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The buildings, and the 25 acres of green space around them, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
    Under this new agreement, MetroHealth patients will be able to receive specialized care for behavioral health and addiction disorders from Recovery Resources professionals. Clients under the care of Recovery Resources will have access to MetroHealth services, linking them to additional primary care and preventive care options.
    MetroHealth and Recovery Resources share similar missions serving Cuyahoga County’s most vulnerable residents. In 2017, MetroHealth created an Office of Opioid Safety, to address the growing opioid addiction problem. Recovery Resources has been serving clients with mental illness, alcohol and drug addictions since 1955.
  • Rosa Parks, an African-American bus passenger, is arrested after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama
  • UHF television developed
  • The United States President was Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Artificial diamonds created for the first time
  • Albert Einstein dies
  • World Series: Brooklyn over New York Yankees, 4-3
  • Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #17 Southern California, 20-7
  • "Sugar" Ray Robinson wins world boxing championship
  • Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California
  • Average cost of new house - $10,950
  • Average cost of a new car - $1,900
  • Cost of a gallon of gas - $0.23 
  • The first cans of Coca-Cola are sold; up till then it had only been sold in bottles
  • "The Mickey Mouse Club" debuts on ABC
  • The popular Western show "Gunsmoke" debuts on television
  • First Guinness Book of World Records Published
  • Ray Kroc starts the McDonald's fast food restaurant chain
  • Popular Films: Oklahoma, The Quatermass Xperiment, Rebel without a Cause, To Catch A Thief
  • Popular Singers: Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino
  • Born this year: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Whoopi Goldberg