On Saturday morning, April 4, 2008 approximately 50 recovery community leaders from throughout the state gathered at the William K. Sanford Library in Colonie, New York to discuss the formation of Friends of Recovery – New York. The enthusiastic, dedicated and diverse group of men and women represented many pathways of recovery, as well as a variety of ethnicities, ages, and regions of the state.
With steadfast commitment and a pocketful of passion, Friends of Recovery – New York was born. The Long Island Recovery Association donated $1,000 to cover incorporation fees and wrote and submitted the necessary IRS applications. Several dozen of the original attendees reconvened for a second meeting in June. (This time at NYAPRS headquarters in Albany.) It was at that meeting that FOR-NY’s founding Board of Directors was created.
With the encouragement of OASAS Commissioner, Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, Friends of Recovery – New York was formally announced during a “Meet & Greet” reception at the first statewide Recovery conference held on September 14-15, 2009. Almost immediately thereafter, the group began meeting with lawmakers, policy makers, and various government representatives (including OASAS) to raise awareness, inspire action, and effect positive change for the Recovery community.