What is Recovery Month?
Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. National Recovery Month is a national observance held to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.
The theme for 2020 National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections. So with that being sad we thought we would join voices with people all over the country. This year we decided to do the block party virtually. We have been able to connect with people all the world since we went virtual. We hope you can join us on Saturday, September 26th, 2020 for a day of celebration, diversity, and hope. Check out who we have performing and speaking below. Enjoy!
Watch the 2020 Block Party Below
Charissa Morrison Project is a Roanoke, Va based singer/songwriter who has crafted her own unique sound through life itself. Having moved to Ohio to study music in college and then journeying out West to Los Angeles, California for many years these experiences have shaped her sound and style.
As she began to explore her own creative tendencies those were blended with her powerhouse vocals and rhythmic acoustic guitar playing with influences of folk, soul, pop, jazz and R&B. She released her first full length original song album in August of 2018 and it is available on Spotify and Apple Music. Performing these original compositions as well as her own interpretations of modern songs you can find her at various venues in Southwest Virginia and beyond!
The Lady Phaedra
*The Lady Phaedra has returned to the Cincinnati drag scene after a brief hiatus, like Dolly Gallagher Levi, returning to The Harmonía Gardens. Cincinnati’s “Statuesque Moose”, as she calls herself, has a warmth, charm, and wit that have quickly elevated her to the rank one of the city’s most sought-after hostesses. What’s behind her wicked sense of humor, sharp tongue, and fabulous wigs? The answer is simple: a wisdom born from a lifetime of battling fierce demons, and a desire to demonstrate her support for those fighting their own battles. As The Lady, herself, will tell you: “I’ve been to Hell and back so many times, I’ve got keys to the gate!”, and she means it. A debt of gratitude is owed to The PIER Recovery community Center, for the invitation to participate in this event, and to all of those who are facing the next battle, you are not alone.
Panel Speakers | #RecoveryMonth
Recovery Speakers | #RecoveryMonth
Robert Gamboa currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tweakers Project, an anti-methamphetamine campaign focusing on harm reduction, navigating the treatment-to-care pipeline, and emphasizing HIV prevention. Mr. Gamboa also currently serves on the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board for the City of West Hollywood. The Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board assists the West Hollywood City Council on issues such as substance abuse, discrimination, equality, domestic abuse, and mental health awareness. Robert recently graduated with his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. And now, Mr. Gamboa works in the Public Policy Department for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest service provider for the LGBTQ community. Together; with his team, they work on immigration, education, homelessness, food insecurity, health services, youth, seniors, and so much more. Robert has over 10 years of sobriety from all mind altering substances, shad a sponsor, and sponsors two wonderful men in Los Angeles.
Jenn's job is to deliver services to individuals struggling with mental and/or substance use disorders in her community. She offers a unique capacity to help another person struggling with co-occurring disorders based on a shared affiliation and a deep understanding of their experience. Jenn has been in recovery for almost 5 years. She is active in her recovery program and believes service work is the key to long term recovery.