Teens learn leadership skills while making memories in Colorado

Rafting Youth Leadership trip 2015 w Josh smilingThanks to everyone who contributed to the rummage sale, movie night, service auction, Big Give, etc., the teens in our Rise Youth Leadership program enjoyed a fun, educational and inspirational trip to Colorado this summer. The trip included a visit to the Texas Tech Collegiate Recovery Center, (some kids very interested in pursing further), a day with a spiritual life/leadership coach in the Rocky Mountains, time on the river, a visit to the Garden of the Gods, as well as team building, accountability and recovery activities!

“Much learning, adventure and growth certainly happened!,” said Program Director Trish Frye. “As school is about to begin, we pray our teen leaders bring with them what they need to continue their journey and lead others into this awesome way of life!  I am so proud of our young people! They wow the heck out of me!”

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Rivard Report runs story about addiction and family involvement in recovery

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By Joan Vinson

I recently met Dennis and Will, but those are not their real names. Dennis is the father of Will, a recovering user of drugs and alcohol. Will’s recovery process has been a long and arduous journey, and Dennis has stood beside his son along the way, even attending recovery meetings when his son would not.

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Thanks to our awesome supporters during the Big Give this year, $7,001 was raised to help teens recover from addictions and go to youth leadership camp. 

If you missed the Big Give but would still like to donate, click here.




What is The Big Give SA?

The Big Give S.A. is a 24-hour day of giving that will take place from midnight to midnight on May 5, 2015 in the San Antonio area.

The purpose of this community-wide giving challenge is to increase public awareness of the impact local nonprofits make in addressing our community’s social challenges and connect people to nonprofits like Rise Recovery – Home of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program. By donating to Rise Recovery on Tuesday, May 5, you can be part of the solution to prevent and break the cycle of substance abuse and addiction in our community. Rise Recovery will use the donations to help send kids to Rise Youth Leadership Camp and expand our youth counseling, prevention and leadership programs.


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Community Rallies at the Last Minute to Achieve Record-Breaking Fundraiser

San Antonio, Jan. 14, 2015 — Thanks to a generous matching challenge from the Security Service Charitable Foundation and several other donors, a record breaking $93,217 was raised during the 2014 Holiday Match Campaign for Rise Recovery – home of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program.
The contributions made during this year’s fundraiser will provide free counseling and support, prevention education, early intervention and youth leadership to over 3,100 teens, adults and their families recovering from the effects of drugs and alcohol.
The Holiday Match Campaign ran from Thanksgiving to Dec. 31 with a target of raising $90,000. With the help of
the Security Service Charitable Foundation’s seed donation of $10,000 and the guarantee from generous donors to double every donation up to $45,000, the goal was achieved. On Dec. 30, there was still $12,000 left to raise but the community accepted the challenge and not only met the goal but exceeded it.
“It was looking like we might not make it but thankfully, our supporters pulled together and sent in some very generous donations that last day,” said Crystal Gomez, development director for Rise Recovery. “We are very grateful for all of the organizations and individuals who made donations. There are so many young people in need of recovery services and their contributions make that possible.

Rise Recovery is a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization that empowers teens, young adults and their families to overcome the effects of drugs and alcohol, while strengthening the community through education and prevention. For more information, visit our website at or call (210) 227-2634..