Date & Time
Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Name
The Presidential Ballroom (Salon IV-VII)
Session Type
Multiple Speaker Presentation
Intended Audience
Recovery Residence Operators, Faith-Based Organization Leaders, Community Leaders and Advocates
Level of Experience
Intermediary -- Attendees should be familiar with basic aspects of topic and/or recovery housing.

In this insightful and practical session, we will explore the transformative impact that partnerships with faith-based organizations can have on recovery housing residents. As substance use disorder continues to impact individuals and communities, faith-based organizations, with their expansive and highly connected community social networks can play an important role in supporting individuals on their journey to recovery. During this session, we will delve into the unique benefits and challenges of establishing and maintaining faith-based partnerships. We will share inspiring success stories, best practices, and practical guidance for creating effective collaborations between recovery residences and faith-based organizations. The session will begin by highlighting the significance of faith-based initiatives in the recovery landscape as they have the potential to be pillars of support and havens of hope for individuals seeking solace and healing. We will explore how recovery residences can tap into this powerful resource by forging partnerships that leverage the strengths of both sectors. We will delve into the process of developing faith-based recovery housing partnerships and strategies for identifying and engaging potential faith-based partners, cultivating meaningful relationships, and aligning mission and values. Participants will gain insights into the essential elements of successful collaborations, including communication, shared goals, and the establishment of mutual trust. Furthermore, the session will address the practical considerations and potential challenges of faith-based partnerships. Topics such as maintaining program integrity, ensuring inclusivity, and navigating the intersection of faith and recovery will be explored. Participants will learn strategies for addressing these issues and fostering an environment that is welcoming, respectful, and supportive of diverse spiritual beliefs and practices. Throughout the session, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions, share their experiences, and learn from real-world examples of faith-based recovery housing partnerships. The session facilitators, who bring extensive expertise in both the recovery and faith-based sectors, will provide practical tools and resources to assist participants in implementing and strengthening these partnerships within their own organizations. By the end of this session, attendees will have a deeper understanding of the potential impact of faith-based partnerships in recovery housing and will be equipped with actionable strategies for establishing and nurturing these collaborations. Together, we will build bridges of hope, uniting the realms of recovery and faith to support individuals on their path to healing and wholeness.

By participating in the session, attendees will:
1. Gain a greater understanding of the potential benefits and challenges of establishing faith-based partnerships in recovery housing.

2. Acquire practical strategies for identifying, engaging, and cultivating relationships with faith-based organizations to create effective collaborations to enhance support for recovery residents.

3. Explore methods for aligning mission, values, and goals between recovery residences and faith-based partners to ensure a harmonious and impactful partnership.

4. Develop skills and knowledge to address practical considerations and potential challenges that may arise in faith-based recovery housing partnerships, including maintaining program integrity, ensuring inclusivity, and navigating the intersection of faith and recovery.
Counselor Skill Group
Legal, Ethical and Professional Development
Session Materials