Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness is a Recovery Community Organization (RCO), and is the first peer-staffed and managed organization in Western North Carolina, meaning all staff are persons certified by the state to utilize their lived experience with mental health and substance use disorders, houselessness or incarceration to help others with their life journey.  

Sunrise Community helps fill gaps in systems of care for some of our most vulnerable populations- the houseless, the recently incarcerated, individuals experiencing substance use and mental wellness challenges and more. We offer support, dignity and a “we’ll meet you where you are” attitude that provides opportunities for individuals to discover their own recovery journey through peer support, harm reduction, resource connection. education and training opportunities, and a pathway to gainful employment as a Peer Support Specialist.

Our unique value-add is our staff of Certified Peer Support Specialists, who are the hands and heart of our organization and provide a unique evidence-based connection that helps remove stigma, reduce loneliness and lower rates of incarceration, hospitalization and recidivism.

Our Purpose: Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness provides a variety of programs and services for individuals affected by substance use and mental health challenges. We also seek to serve as a community umbrella to all local organizations with similar missions.

The Blair H. Clark Respite House, operated by Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness, is the first of its kind in North Carolina and the 17th in the United States. 

Named after one of Sunrise’s founding members, it is considered an alternative to an inpatient psychiatric hospital stay for individuals in recovery experiencing emotional distress or in need of a break from current circumstances. Evidence-based research shows that Peer Operated Respite Services reduce the need for inpatient treatment or emergency room visits due to emotional distress in recovery by 70%.

As the professional trade association for substance use professionals and providers in the state of North Carolina, APNC sits at the nexus of the substance use and mental health industries to provide a collective voice with a cohesive message in all matters that affect individuals, providers, and the people they serve. What we do: Advocate for more effective and equitable policies. Consult and provide technical assistance in a variety of areas. Provide education opportunities for individuals, organizations, and the general public. Connect partners across the industry to foster collaboration and innovation. Serve the behavioral health frontline workforce.

NAMI NC provides mental health advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families can build better lives. NAMI NC envisions a community where all people affected by mental health conditions can live healthy and fulfilling lives. Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness. Educate the public about mental illness. Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

Our Vision: Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency.

Carolina Advocates for Climate, Health, and Equity (CACHE) represents public health practitioners, physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals across North Carolina - from the Coast, the Piedmont, and the Mountains, and from rural and urban areas - who recognize climate change as a public health emergency. We are working toward a healthy, resilient future for North Carolinians, where:

Addressing climate change can feel like an insurmountable challenge, and we strive to create a supportive, collaborative, inclusive community that sustains our energy and empowers our members. Our community includes seasoned advocates, and people just learning about the health impacts of climate change. Together our work is changing the way the public, and the health profession, talks about climate change. We believe that diversity in all its forms enriches and strengthens us and we hope you will join our movement.

We enable denominations, congregations, and people of faith to impact our state on issues such as economic justice and development, human well-being, equality, and compassion and peace, following the example and mission of Jesus Christ. People of faith leading the social justice movement to create equitable, compassionate, and thriving communities for all.

Restoring Opportunities. Strengthening Families & Communities. The NC Second Chance Alliance is a statewide alliance of people with criminal records, their family members, service providers, congregations, community leaders and concerned citizens that have come together to address the causes of criminal records and the barriers they create to successful reentry. Mass incarceration, Racial Disparities, Parental Incarceration, Collateral Consequences and Recidivism,

What is clear to members of the NC Second Chance Alliance is that the current system of incarceration and re-incarceration is not working. Our state’s unfair, revolving-door criminal justice system is undermining the safety of our communities, draining our state’s resources, and failing people with criminal records, especially people of color. We have come together to identify and speak out in support of fair chance practices, policies, and laws that ensure people exiting the criminal justice system have a fair chance to be prosperous, law-abiding community members rather than being automatically excluded from essential opportunities and cycled back into the criminal justice system.


Treating every person – regardless of their circumstance or condition, with dignity and respect.

Defining Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction emphasizes tolerance, respect for the personal choices of others, and respect for human rights. It favors evidence over anecdote, courage over cowardice, and doing what is right even if it seems to send the “wrong message.” It means doing what has to be done to protect public health in the face of opposition from all quarters because it is the right thing to do.

Our Mission

Encourage and motivate the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and criminal justice reform in North Carolina through leadership, advocacy, resource, policy development, and education.

Our Vision

The key to bringing people who use drugs, do sex work, or have a history of incarceration closer to disease prevention, health services, and reduced recidivism is to treat every person, regardless of their circumstance or condition, with dignity and respect. Our nonjudgmental approach allows our participants to move through a process of self-discovery and self-empowerment at their own pace (this is based on the behavioral theory “stages of change”). By developing relationships based on honesty, community, tolerance, and cooperation, our staff and volunteers help people live healthier and more fulfilling lives while raising the health and safety index of the community. NC Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to implementing harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in North Carolina. NC Harm Reduction Coalition engages in grassroots advocacy, resource and policy development, coalition building, and direct services for people impacted by drug use, incarceration, sex work, overdose, gender, HIV and hepatitis, and first responders.

We are a collaborative that meets monthly to help ensure children are healthy, safe, and successful.

The Marvin E. Roberts Transitional Living Campus offers shelter, food and clothing in a therapeutic environment for up to 18 months for men and women, 25 and older who have been recently released from State and/or Federal prisons or local jails. The average time of residence is 6 to 12 months. The campus can accommodate up to 25 men and 20 women. The complex offers full kitchens and laundry facilities as well as an exercise room and computer labs in a structured environment which is supervised 24 hours a day. It provides a positive social network with intensive case management services for life skill development including family strengthening.

We Care. Let's Connect.

Provides information and referrals to alcohol and drug treatment. They also provide educational programs and materials to businesses, community groups, families, and individuals. To be the entity in NC that ensures access to quality, relevant, respectful  SUD care. We strive to ensure every  person in NC needing substance use disorder treatment receives it. We help people overcome substance use and mental health disorders. We seek to eliminate stigma. We embrace all pathways to recovery and healing with dignity and respect for everyone. For more information contact:

We connect. We educate. We advocate.

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