BENEFITING: PHOENIX MULTISPORT
Full Project Description:
Phoenix Multisport’s Winning Pitch - “The 3rd Place”
Having built and run a successful nonprofit that has helped over 19,000 people access recovery support, we bring diverse skills and experience to ensure project success.
Like so many of you, we believe isolation and shame perpetuated by stigma and discrimination are killing our loved ones and destroying our families. The vast majority of interventions available today rely on strategies to stop people from dying. Our concept is designed to help people learn how to live in recovery, thereby breaking the cycle of addiction. Currently the continuum of recovery support is fragmented and limited.
What’s needed is a new approach. We have active addiction and clinical treatment, but what comes after that? We believe we need to create this 3rd place where no one is judged for their past, but instead, a safe culture of mutual support that fosters a new reality where living life and living in recovery are one in the same.
Our solution is to create this “3rd Place” that will become multiple hubs of recovery across the state. This will be a bright and vibrant space where individuals and groups come together in an inspirational environment to design new lives in recovery (support each other). Greeters at the front door trained as recovery coaches will warmly welcome those in recovery, their families and allies.
In this hub for recovery we will have a café, wellness center and meeting space. We will create an environment that is welcoming, non-judgmental and safe. In the café, you can meet with your sponsor, grab a cup of coffee or through the culinary program, build a resume and earn some income to get back on your feet. The wellness center will offer a full calendar of fitness programming like yoga and CrossFit and similar to the café, there will be opportunities to receive training and mentoring that prepares folks for employment in the health and wellness industry. The meeting space will be designed much like an impact hub or co-work space. So…..imagine….You may come in for yoga class to find that there is a “Healing from Trauma” workshop at 2:00 pm, there’s a Learn to Cope meeting for your mom at 3:00 pm and sober musicians are going to jam in the café at 4:00 pm. This place is full of life and hope.
The project will be piloted in Boston and scaled statewide. To implement this project, we will ask for capital support of $3 million (seeded with a $1.5 million match as mentioned during the hack-a-thon and still to be acquired) from corporations, foundations and private donors, while working with state and local governments to supply underutilized buildings located in city centers that can be transformed into this place of hope. Phoenix Multisport already has $500,000 set aside for young adult programming to be operated out of this space once completed. Sustainability will be ensured as the revenue generating models implemented in the space makes funding from public and private sources less necessary and ensures all the recovery support programs remain free to those that need them.
Our team is not new to this sort of endeavor and through our current operations of the health and wellness aspect of the proposal, we have had great success.
By utilizing a peer to peer approach that fosters a culture of giving back, Phoenix has become an industry leader with a proven track record for saving and transforming lives. Since program launch in Boulder, CO in 2007, Phoenix has expanded to operate five chapters in three states (CO, CA and MA). Nationwide Phoenix facilitates over 65 free community events each week and dozens of targeted programs for treatment centers, homeless programs, veteran’s organizations, drug courts, and soon, young adults and universities as well. According to a participant survey in 2013, three quarters of team members actively engaged in Phoenix programming stayed sober.
In 2012, National Executive Director and Founder, Scott Strode, received the Top 10 CNN Heroes Award for his leadership in establishing Phoenix Multisport as an innovative and effective recovery support service in the state of Colorado. Additionally, in 2013, Scott was awarded the Advocates in Action Award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. That same year, the organization was awarded a three-year federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand programming to families in CO. Together Families Recover (TFR) has helped families repair relationships and rebuild trust that had been shattered by addiction. SAMHSA has highlighted TFR as a highly successful program. Since launching programs in Boston in July 2015, Phoenix continues to build a strong network of recovery support throughout the state, while membership increases as well. With the Phoenix model at the heart of this project, we are confident that creating a hub of recovery can help curb the cyclical trends not only in the Opioid Epidemic, but for substance use disorders as a whole. Help us build hubs of recovery across Massachusetts that support thousands in recovery in living the lives they were meant to live.