Education, advocacy, and support are key to helping smash the stigma and bring our community together. “As someone within the LGBTQIA+ community who is living both with HIV and in sustained long-term recovery from substance use and mental health challenges, this event is truly amazing to me,” says Ron Schnese, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Community Outreach Specialist at Foundation for Recovery. “When we come together to educate ourselves and lift each other up in support, great things can happen. Not too long-ago HIV, substance use, recovery, and harm reduction were not something openly spoken about. Today is a new day. We can share our collective experiences to grow and heal in unity.”
Foundation for Recovery is Nevada’s first and only statewide recovery community organization (RCO) led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. FFR works to foster a safe and supportive environment for recovery focused education, peer support services and engagement, addressing social barriers and creating opportunities for those seeking and maintaining long-term recovery.