Who We Are
Valley Recovery Resources is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates Substance Use Disorder treatment services, long term Clean and Sober Living and Graduate Homes, which are working to create a community where individuals seeking recovery, and their families, have the opportunity and services necessary for a drug-free and productive future. Redwood Family Center provides a crucial component to the recovery process – a faith based clean and sober living environment for women and women with children.
Redwood Family Center provides a faith-based clean and sober living environment for women and women with children in order to equip themselves with the life skills necessary to become self-supporting members of society.
We envision a community where individuals seeking recovery and their families have the opportunity and services to live a drug-free and productive future. We are committed to providing recovery resources through collaborative relationships in the recovery community while the women and children at Redwood Family Center remain in a safe clean and sober living environment. The results are lives that are transformed and families that are reunited.
In January 2003, under Inter-faith Ministries, Redwood Family Center opened its doors with a mission to serve 60 women and their children providing clean and sober living to residents who would otherwise be homeless. Start-up costs for the facility were generously donated by community members and organizations, such as Foster Farms, the United Way and Stanislaus County. Tom Ciccarelli, then executive director, said, “It is unbelievable, the outpouring of support for this project.” From January 2003 until 2011, the Redwood Family Center provided a pillar of support and a model of collaboration between the faith-based community, private organizations, and county government delivering clean and sober living services for women and children in our community.
Valley Recovery Resources was formed in 2011 in response to recovery needs in our community. Derk VanKonynenburg (President of the Board), other Board members and community members recognized that it would be a significant loss to the community if the Redwood Family Center was not able to continue providing clean and sober living services due to budget needs and the newly formed Board set out to help. The Board raised $159,000 which they donated to Stanislaus County. In turn, Stanislaus County leveraged the $159,000 to obtain $3.3 million in State and Federal grants for social programs. These funds enabled Stanislaus County to re-hire many social services employees who had recently lost their positions and provided necessary funding toward social services programs. The Redwood Family Center was able to receive the necessary funding to continue providing Stanislaus County contracted clean and sober living services and Valley Recovery Resources coordinated with Inter-Faith Ministries and Stanislaus County to assume direction of clean and sober living provided at the Redwood Family Center.
In July of 2011, Valley Recovery Resources opened a second Redwood Family Center and both facilities continue to thrive, housing an average of 50 women and their children. Valley Recovery Resources is committed to ending addiction in our community, to heal families and restore our community through spiritually based recovery.
In April of 2014, Valley Recovery Resources, responding to continued housing needs for women and children following social service programs, court ordered family reunification, alcohol and other drug treatment, mental health treatment, domestic violence programming, parenting programming and Redwood Family Center clean and sober living services opened our first Graduate House. During graduate housing, residents focus on academic development, vocational development and implementation of clean and sober living skills for themselves and their children, while they remain in a home-like clean and sober supportive environment. Valley Recovery Resources now operates 3 graduate homes housing 16 families.
In January 2018, Valley Recovery Resources opened a licensed 12 bed residential alcohol and drug treatment facility for women in our community who were otherwise not eligible to enter clean and sober living. Alcohol and drug treatment followed by clean and sober living, graduate housing, academic development and vocational development results in lives that are transformed, families that are reunited and sustainability of efforts.