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Posted on: September 16, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Faces and Voices of Recovery and Young People in Recovery to Merge

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Dear Friends of Recovery,
Faces & Voices of Recovery and Young People in Recovery (YPR) today announced that the Board of Directors of both organizations have approved plans to merge the two recovery community organizations. The merger, which will be formally completed over the next several months, will unite the nation’s top addiction recovery organizations to form a single, more powerful national force in our recovery advocacy movement.

“For more than 4 years, YPR and Faces & Voices of Recovery have informally collaborated in a partnership focused on advancing education about addiction recovery and providing support for those in or seeking recovery,” said Mike DeAgro, Chairman of the Board of YPR. “This merger formalizes that informal partnership, and will result in the streamlining of administrative staff and resources focused on maximizing the provision of existing recovery services and new initiatives.”

“Together, we are creating the New Recovery Advocacy Movement, combining previously separate organizations into a single, stronger, national voice that can advocate for the needs of millions of people, of all ages, who need support while seeking or in continued recovery,” DeAgro added.

“Both organizations are honored and humbled by the extraordinary opportunity this merger creates to redefine the recovery advocacy environment in the United States,” said Mike Barry, Chairman of the Board of Faces & Voices of Recovery. “This is truly a historic turning point in focusing the nation’s recovery advocacy movement.
Through this mutual agreement we will bring together two powerful names identified with addiction recovery, and combine the administrative strengths and board talent of previously separate teams, in a renewed dedication to creating the next United States of Recovery. The future of our movement and recovery advocacy is secured through this combination. Faces & Voices of Recovery and YPR are coming together to honor the past and build for the future. Together we look forward to establishing future partnerships and collaborations that will continue to strengthen the recovery movement. Recovery Ready Communities abound!”

YPR and Faces & Voices of Recovery confirmed that the newly configured organization will remain focused on advocating for robust recovery communities, ensuring that all individuals in or seeking recovery have the ability to achieve and sustain long-term recovery. By uniting as one organization, YPR and Faces & Voices of Recovery have an increased catchment and outreach capability to reach broader audiences of national, state, and local communities.

The Boards of both organizations expressed sincere appreciation for the hard work and dedication of all those who have contributed to the vibrant, impactful progress made by both groups, and to those who have selflessly dedicated their time and energy to furthering the recovery movement. The boards applaud their collective accomplishments and look forward to advancing the national recovery movement that has captivated the Nation and is shifting public perception on addiction and long-term recovery!


Mike Barry
Board Chair
Faces & Voices of Recovery

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