Where to Give this Giving Tuesday

You know that good feeling you get when you give to others? Whether you give time, talent or money to help others, you can’t help but feel good. Recent studies show that generosity actually helps to improve your mental and physical health! 

In the year 2020, it seems we could all benefit from a little generosity, so why not get in on Giving Tuesday’s global generosity movement? To help you get a jumpstart on your Giving Tuesday ideas, the family of Promises treatment centers has put together a list of their favorite nonprofits that could use your help whether you give financially or volunteer.

Northeast U.S. Nonprofits

The Ranch Pennsylvania’s Staff Picks

  • The Rase Project—Robustly designed to give voice and action by advocating for those in the recovery community who are being discriminated against, The RASE Project serves Central Pennsylvania and Central Florida by providing:
    • Advocacy services for individuals in or seeking recovery from SUD
    • Safe and secure therapeutic recovery housing for men and women in early recovery 
    • Peer-to-peer recovery services
    • Positive social events
    • Consciousness-raising activities 
    • Public policy forums to disseminate the most recent legislation affecting the recovery community 
  • Not One More—This grassroots organization’s goal is to support those living with and affected by addiction. Whether it’s navigating insurance, offering rehab scholarships, providing resources or educating, Not One More is “here to effect change in our community, no matter how difficult that road may be” and to say, “Not one more overdose, not one more lost spirit and not one more grieving heart.”
  • Life’s Beacon Center—A structured home for men in recovery meant to help them build life skills, Life’s Beacon has seven areas of focus: 
    • Restoring human dignity
    • Personal recovery
    • Obtaining employment
    • Financial management
    • Time management
    • Family and social activities
    • Responsibility, accountability and dependability
  • NAMI: York-Adams Counties PA—With access to many state resources for those seeking their next step toward recovery, NAMI’s mission statement speaks for itself, “NAMI York-Adams Counties PA mission is to improve the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by mental illness recognizing that key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential in achieving success.”

Washburn House Staff Picks  

  • St. John’s Food for the Poor Program—This self-described not-so-typical soup kitchen serves hot meals five days a week every week throughout the year. They also serve the community with a free food pantry, box lunches and winter coat and boot distribution, among other programs.  
  • Teen Challenge of Greater Boston—With the belief that “addiction does not have to prevent someone from going on to live a passionate, purpose filled life,” Teen Challenge is men’s home with a 12–15 month program that offers a space for them to find spiritual, physical and emotional wholeness.
  • Catholic Charites of Worcester—As an organization that is “committed to meeting the needs of the poor, the homeless and the infirm and to enhancing the quality of life for all,” Catholic Charities of Worcester serves a variety of needs within the community. From programs to help those with special needs to recovery to education and more, they have a lot to offer.  
  • AIDS Project Worcester (APW)—” APW provides a comprehensive range of services to support the medical care and various service needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and those at greatest risk for HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV).” With services offered in English and Spanish, APW services are available in various settings based on the needs of the client.

Florida Nonprofits

Promises Five Palms Staff Picks

  • Volusia Recovery Alliance (VRA)—Designated a recovery resources hub for anyone seeking recovery or a family member looking for help, VRA increases opportunities to access resources, provides peer-supported guidance and evidence-based services for recovery while educating the community and advocating for people in all stages of recovery.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Volusia County—”Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this vision by building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live.” 

Lucida Treatment Center Staff Picks

  • HomeSafe—Dedicated to protecting survivors of child abuse and domestic violence in Palm Beach County and South Florida, Homesafe offers a variety of comprehensive programs.
  • Faith Farm—This multicampus faith-based residential program helps those seeking support with basic needs, recovery and education. Each location includes a church, thrift store and pastors, teachers and counselors and welcomes all faiths, races and socio-economic classes.
  • The Lord’s Place—Dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women and children in our community, The Lord’s Place has one mission for its comprehensive services: they are designed to end homelessness—once and for all. 

Southern Nonprofits

The Ranch Tennessee Staff Picks

  • Thistle Farms—A residential program, a social enterprise and a national network, Thistle Farms is dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. They do this by providing a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support. 
  • The Next Door—The Next Door is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving women in crisis, equipping them for lives of wholeness and hope. The Next Door provides services to women who are impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and incarceration. In recognition of the common need among residents for mental health and addiction counseling, The Next Door provides an integrated model to address the co-occurring disorders.
  • ShowerUp— ShowerUp is designed to be mobile to go to those they serve with clean, safe, and comfortable portable shower units. By affirming and supporting the work of all the organizations that serve the poor, the homeless, and the transitional in our cities, they believe that, together, they can come alongside, provide a unique service, and help their friends and neighbors know that they are loved.

Promises Houston Staff Picks

  • The Council on Recovery Houston— Designed to provide a complete and affordable range of outpatient recovery services to individuals and families seeking treatment and support, the Council on Recovery’s publicly-funded programs offer a helping hand to those without insurance or financial resources that may need it the most. 
  • The Houston Food Bank—Addressing the issue of food insecurity, the Houston Food Bank distributes food and other essentials to those in need through a network of 1,500 community partners. They also provide programs and services to help families achieve long-term stability, including nutrition education, job training, health management, and help in securing state-funded assistance. 
  • Star of Hope Mission—Serving Houston’s homeless men, women and children daily with help for their immediate needs, Star of Hope Ministries also provides longer-term structured recovery programs that focus on spiritual, educational, vocational and employment needs. 

Promises DFW Staff Picks

  • Recovery Resource Council—Recovery Resource Council is one of the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit mental and behavioral healthcare providers in North Texas, providing services to the most vulnerable North Texans. 
  • Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center—Offering free housing and meal programs in a safe, healthy, and distraction-free atmosphere so their North Texas adult rehabilitation program clients can focus on breaking the cycle of addiction by using a therapeutic approach and prison release programs.

Promises Hill Country and Austin Staff Picks

  • Clean Cause—Unique in its approach, Clean Cause is a beverage company whose mission is to support individuals in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction by creating a sustainable funding source for recovery efforts. They are committed to giving 50% of their profits to fund their giveback initiative coined “CLEAN Kickstarts.” These are sober living scholarships that afford individuals coming out of rehab, homelessness, or incarceration the opportunity to focus on establishing a recovery routine and finding employment.
  • SIMS foundation—The SIMS Foundation provides mental health and substance use recovery services and supports for musicians, music industry professionals, and their dependent family members. Through education, community partnerships, and accessible managed care, SIMS seeks to destigmatize and reduce mental health and substance use issues while supporting and enhancing the music community’s wellbeing at large. 
  • Austin Recovery Family House—Austin Recovery’s Family House treatment program aims to help families form healthy boundaries and relationships while recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. During the day, mom learns more about her addiction and how to create a new life in recovery for her and her family. 
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