We are a group of individuals in long term recovery and recovery allies dedicated to giving others a second chance at life.
Early recovery can be overwhelming and challenging. We give individuals in early recovery the tools they need to succeed.
We grant recovery residence scholarships to individuals in early recovery and assist with job searching, resume building, and interview skills.
Inclusive Recovery Foundation was founded in South Florida in 2017 by our board of managers, who all share a common vision and goal. We wanted to build an organization to support all pathways of recovery and provide resources to those in need of transitional living and vocational assistance. We at Inclusive Recovery Foundation do more than provide recovery residence scholarships in early recovery. We help those individuals find meaningful employment so they can support themselves after their housing scholarship has ended.
Navigating early recovery can be very overwhelming and at times frustrating. Our volunteers have lived experience in recovery and have navigated these issues. Along with vocational assistance, the support we provide helps guide individuals along the recovery pathway of their choosing.
We help individuals in early recovery stand out from the crowd by crafting a resume that showcases their talents to potential employees. We also go through a mock interview process to strengthen the individual’s responses in a controlled environment, where we can offer constructive feedback before it matters.
Safe and supportive transitional housing is important for all people in early recovery. We provide financial assistance for strictly vetted recovery residences for a fixed period of time while the individual receiving the assistance seeks employment with the aid of one of our volunteers.
To provide transitional living assistance and vocational support for those seeking recovery, regardless of the pathway. Our mission is simple: we want to help people who don’t know how to help themselves yet. We seek to help individuals navigate the obstacles of early recovery to set them up for long term success.
To increase the availability of safe, supportive, and welcoming environments in which those who are new to recovery can learn and grow. To see individuals in early recovery find gainful employment and move closer to realizing their potential while starting their lifelong journey.
All donations to Inclusive Recovery Foundation will directly support giving another individual a chance at recovery through a recovery residence scholarship and vocational assistance. Inclusive Recovery Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.
We are a group of individuals in long term recovery and recovery allies who got together and formed Inclusive Recovery Foundation to remove some of the obstacles individuals new to long term recovery face. We hope that this will allow the individuals we work with to focus on what is important: Creating a foundation for lifelong recovery.
Neill Timmons has owned and operated a FARR and NCARR certified recovery residence since 2013, operating in both Florida and North Carolina. He opened his program with a deep passion to help others who were suffering from the same illness that he had overcome. Since then Neill has been certified as a Recovery Residence Administrator, is training to be a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Neill attained a BS in Business administration from Northwood University in West Palm Beach in 2013. He has completed leadership training and volunteered at Gratitude Training in 2015 in West Palm Beach. He also currently serves as the Vice President of the North Carolina Association of Recovery Residences and shares the Standards chair position.
David is first and foremost a recovered drug addict. He is a jack of all trades and a master at a few. Currently he is the Chief Marketing Officer for Future Frontiers, manages a small digital marketing company, is a managing partner of several web properties, is actively involved in an agricultural start-up and helps several small companies with their web development and online marketing. In his spare time he produces music and is an avid landscape photographer.
Ryan is a finance professional experienced in working with NARR certified recovery residences. He has seen the value that a well-run, structured residential recovery environment and gainful employment can provide for someone beginning their journey of recovery. It is because of this experience that Ryan decided to co-found Inclusive Recovery Foundation with John, David, and Neill.
John began working with individuals suffering from substance use disorders in 2013 as a behavioral health technician. Shortly after, John became the director of operations for a FARR certified recovery residence in Boynton Beach. During this time John completed his bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida Atlantic University in August of 2016. John was accepted to the advanced standing master’s in social work (MSW) at Florida Atlantic University and completed his degree in May of 2017. Currently, John is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with the state of Florida and a master’s certified addiction professional (MCAP) with the Florida Certification Board. John firmly believes in individualized care, supporting multiple pathways to recovery, and the availability of MAT.
In February of 2015 I hopped out of a dingy treatment center van and carried my garbage bag of clothes towards a one-story house in a less-than-desirable Neighborhood in Boynton Beach, FL. This house, my new “halfway house,” scared me to death. Having been born with a substantial social handicap to begin with, and having barely survived the “genpop” insanity of my 200 person treatment center, I had no idea how I would endure moving into a house with 8 complete strangers.
Once I was settled, I was introduced to my new housemates. They were, to say the least, an eclectic bunch, including some people I consider brothers today and others I wish well but hope to never see again. In that mix was a skinny, blonde haired kid named Josh. It was clear to me almost immediately that Josh might have actually been even more socially uncomfortable than I was, and under this shared burden of social aphasia we developed a bond.
Because of Josh, my other roommates and the inclusive accountability fostered in this particular halfway house, I was able to shed my fear and develop relationships. I was able to open myself up to others, share my insecurities, and be honest about where I was falling short in my newly developed program of recovery. We laughed, cried and healed together, and without this particular community I stumbled across, I highly doubt I would be alive to write this dedication today.
I also was lucky enough to watch the light return to my friends’ eyes as well, and no transformation was as amazing or rewarding to watch as Josh’s. Josh was the personified definition of a “diamond in the rough.” This young man went from being physically unable to maintain a conversation with someone looking him in the eyes, to sharing his story of addiction and recovery in front of hundreds of people. He chaired meetings, led commitments, sponsored other men and became an example of the hope of sobriety to his friends back home, simply because he found a supportive group of recovered addicts who accepted him for who he was.
But not all of these stories end the way we think they should. In 2018, Josh passed away from complications of drug addiction. I’ve never met a soul who shined brighter than Josh Wakefield. He was a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, gifted poet, and a fiercely loyal friend, son, and father. I remember once encountering him sitting with a young lady on the curb outside the convenience store by our house. She had been kicked out of her own recovery house, and while Josh had little to offer her in terms of money, transportation or recovery assistance, he sat with her for hours to make sure she felt safe. His memory sits with me everyday and I truly believe the relationship between our souls carries on to this day.
Without the type of inclusive, accountable and loving community that Josh, myself, and the other members of this foundation found themselves in, recovery from drug and alcohol addiction would have been a likely insurmountable challenge. The camaraderie, honesty and willingness this type of community fostered in all of us was the keystone of our willingness and success in early recovery. In Josh’s memory, and in the memory of all of our brothers and sisters who succumbed to this disease, we hope to help these types of communities continue to grow and reach the individuals who need them most.
– In his memory