Pittsburgh, PA – Unity Recovery is honored to announce it has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Staunton Farm Foundation. This award will be instrumental in helping Unity Recovery expand and enhance peer recovery support services at no cost to residents through Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
“Staunton Farm [Foundation] has been a dedicated partner to recovery support organizations for years, and we are beyond grateful to have their partnership and support in growing peer-based recovery support services in Western Pennsylvania at Unity,” expressed Dr. Robert D. Ashford, executive director of Unity Recovery, “we will be able to serve over 600 individuals for free thanks to their support in 2023 alone.”
Unity has recently opened the doors of its third recovery community center at 801 Bingham Street in the South Side of Pittsburgh and will use grant funds to hire additional peer recovery support specialists to provide services throughout Allegheny County via digital and in-person means. Any individual is able to request free support services through Unity’s harm reduction oriented, low-threshold peer support programs – including specialized programs for pregnant and postpartum mothers, those returning from incarceration, family members and loved ones, those who live unhoused, and all those individuals who are underseen and underserved throughout Allegheny County.
“Expanding our current, low barrier, peer-based recovery support services in Western Pennsylvania,” said Unity’s Pittsburgh RSS Director Adrienne Smith, “means that we can empower more individuals to form positive connections and access resources to increase their recovery capital.”
“There is a dearth of programs in our region like Unity Recovery. Staunton Farm Foundation has long supported harm reduction efforts, and we are proud supporters of low barrier, peer service, especially for those with specialized needs. Programs like those offered by Unity Recovery keep people out of jail which results in safer communities and saves the cost of incarceration or other costly services” says Joni Schwager, Executive Director.
The Staunton Farm Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people who live with mental health and substance use disorders. Their ongoing support enhances behavioral health recovery support and treatment by advancing best practices through grant making to organizations in ten southwestern Pennsylvania counties, including Washington County. To learn more about their work, please visit their website at www.stauntonfarm.org.
Unity Recovery is a 501c3 recovery community organization that operates recovery community centers in Philadelphia (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), and Weatherford (TX). All Unity programs are person-driven and available at no cost to any requesting individual or partner. Learn more by visiting Unity on the web at www.unityrecovery.org.