We are thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Ted St. John, has been appointed interim Vice President of Ohio Recovery Housing’s Board of Directors. This prestigious appointment underscores Ted’s dedication and significant contributions to the recovery community in Ohio.

Impactful Meetings, Strategic Planning and Connection and Celebration

June 11th, 2024, marked Ted’s first day in his new role. He attended a crucial board meeting in Dublin, which was filled with discussions on substantial changes and improvements in Recovery Housing across the state. These are exciting times as we look forward to implementing strategic initiatives that will enhance support and resources for those in recovery.

The evening continued with a delightful dinner hosted by Ohio Recovery Housing’s Executive Director, Danielle Gray. It was a fantastic opportunity for staff and board directors to connect, share insights, and celebrate the progress we are making. It was a night to remember!

The Legacy and Mission of Ohio Recovery Housing

Ohio Recovery Housing (ORH), officially established on September 19, 2014, is dedicated to the development and operation of quality alcohol- and drug-free living in a community of recovery for people with substance use disorders. ORH is an affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR), meeting the quality standards established by the NARR Standards. Ohio has always valued the power of peers in recovery, living together with a commitment to sobriety.

The history of recovery housing in Ohio is rich and influential. The Association of Halfway House Alcoholism Programs (AHHAP), founded in 1968 with leadership from Ohio, merged with NARR in 2013. In the 1970s and 1980s, regional recovery housing organizations, including the Ohio Alliance of Residential Recovery Services (OARRS), began to emerge, emphasizing standards and training. Ohio played a significant role in advancing sober housing through various initiatives, including the Access to Recovery (ATR) grant from SAMHSA in 2007, which supported alcohol- and drug-free housing and recovery supports, and the SAMHSA Workgroup on Women, Sober Housing, and Treatment in 2009.

Looking Ahead to a Brighter Future

Ted St. John expressed his excitement about this new role, saying, “Being appointed interim Vice President of Ohio Recovery Housing’s Board of Directors is a great honor. I am committed to working with our dedicated team to enhance further the quality and availability of recovery housing across Ohio. Together, we can create more supportive environments for individuals in recovery, helping them to thrive and lead fulfilling lives.”

Tomorrow promises to be another impactful day with a full strategic planning schedule for Ohio Recovery Housing. In the midst of this, Ted will take a break to attend the Ohio Recovery Foundation’s monthly board meeting downtown, further contributing to the state’s recovery efforts. Ohio is witnessing remarkable developments in recovery services, and we are privileged to be part of this journey. Ted’s leadership and the collaborative efforts of all involved pave the way for a brighter future for recovery housing and support in Ohio.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to work towards a stronger, healthier Ohio!