52 Public Sq. Nelsonville, OH 45764

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9/15 Update:

This week, the community organizations involved in planning Recovery 360 made the difficult decision to postpone until the spread of COVID has been controlled enough that it is safe to host an in-person event. We have made this decision knowing that while our region is struggling with the pain and loss caused by substance use disorders, our local medical facilities and frontline workers cannot provide adequate care to those in need if health systems are overwhelmed with patients.

We remain dedicated to bringing nationally recognized author, speaker, and justice enterprise founder Becca Stevens to southeast Ohio to share her journey in creating Thistle Farms. In the meantime, our planning committee will continue working to bring educational programming and resources related to substance use disorders and recovery to the region. We look forward to hosting an in-person event at a future date.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay tuned for future announcements related to Recovery 360. 




Recovery 360 will provide a comprehensive understanding of Substance Use Disorder and Opiate Use Disorder as illnesses and articulate how trauma, human trafficking, barriers around housing and employment impact people in recovery.


White House Champion of Change, Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America and the founder of Thistle Farms -a women’s recovery center supported by justice enterprise located in Nashville.


Interactive sessions will explore recovery workforce engagement by employers and employees in recovery.


Event will include a moderated discussion from representatives of enterprises that employ a recovery workforce or offer workforce skillset development to those in recovery: 

- JACK EVERSON of Chillicothe, a former mayor and the founder of “Wise Path,” a provider of skillset development and best practices for those exiting drug court.
- STEVE BLACKWELL, who owns a Meigs county construction company that hires individuals in recovery.
- FELICITY PELLIOR, HR manager of Stirling Ultracold, which has been flexible with people’s previous circumstances and has hired multiple referrals from OhioMeansJobs-Athens County”


The day will conclude with a collective call to action to be a more recovery-friendly community.


Hosted by: Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, Athens County Job & Family Services, Area 14 Workforce Development Board, The Athens-Hocking-Vinton Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (317 Board), National Institue of Health HEAL Initiative, Ohio Health, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Health Recovery Services Inc., Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, and Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service

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