Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Dec. 10 dinner marks holidays and five years of service

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. —Dec. 4, 2012 — When the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center (PRCC) hosts its holiday dinner on Dec. 10, the celebration will mark more than the season. The party will also celebrate the fifth anniversary of the center, which was established in 2007 to provide programs and services to help individuals sustain long-term recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol.

“The center provides a place where people can come to build a strong foundation for recovery and to meet other people in recovery,” said Sean Brinda, senior peer services coordinator at PRCC.

PRCC is a collaboration between Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services. Programs and services include peer-to-peer recovery coaching, life skills workshops, housing and credit information sessions, health and nutrition programs, discussion groups, drug- and alcohol-free social activities and more. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the center provided 1,561 individuals with more than 17,100 hours of recovery support services.Drawing on staff and volunteer resources, PRCC offered an average of 85 events and activities each month.

In its first five years, PRCC has made a positive impact. Its programs and services contributed to a 64.3-percent increase in education or employment among clients and a 81.1-percent increase in stable housing. The center also helped clients avoid substance use and illegal activities, according to data obtained from the Government Performance Results Act (GRPA) baseline and six-month follow-up assessments.

PRCC is located at 1701 W. Lehigh Ave., Unit 6, in North Philadelphia. To learn more, visit or call 215-223-7700.


PRO-ACT is the regional nonprofit organization working to mobilize and rally individuals in recovery from addiction, as well as their families, friends and allies in a campaign to end discrimination, broaden social understanding and achieve a just response to addiction as a public health crisis. PRO-ACT is hosted by The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania.

About The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. is a private nonprofit prevention, education, advocacy, and intervention organization, providing a wide range of services to families, schools, businesses, individuals, and the community. Founded in 1975, The Council serves the Southeast region of Pennsylvania and is a member of a nationwide network of National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Affiliates. The Council has offices and Recovery Community Centers in Doylestown, New Britain, Bristol, and Philadelphia. For help with alcohol, tobacco or other substances, or for information on the disease of alcoholism and addiction, call 800-221-6333, toll-free, 24-hours a day. For more information, visit

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