Voices from the Edge on 12-01-11 Miracles Club
Miracles Club: a comprehensive, culturally competent approach to addiction recovery
What started in 1993 with three men wishing to create a safe and sober environment to sustain the African American Community has evolved into the Miracles Club, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive support to individuals struggling to be free from alcohol and drug addiction. Earlier this summer, the Club passed a new milestone with the grand opening of its new location in northeast Portland that now provides 40 affordable housing units in a new sustainable facility as well as its traditional mentorships, clean and sober activities and family-oriented forums and presentations. Perhaps most important, the Miracle Club, which is open to anyone wishing to be successful in their recovery, provides culturally competent support to African American individuals that recognizes historic, economic and social factors affecting the recovery process.
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Herman Bryant, executive director of the Miracles Club about the organization's unique history and approach to supporting those trying to recover from drug and alcohol use as well as reasons for the club's expansion of services to include affordable housing.
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights peace movements for over 20 years
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Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson