All Kinds of News for February 14, 2018
CooperRiis, a healing community located in western North Carolina, has reached its 15th year of supporting mental health recovery for people with mental illnesses from across the United States and Canada. After a couple with a family member with mental health challenges identified a need for more communities to support whole person wellness, they launched a residential program. To date, over 1000 residents have experienced recovery at CooperRiis.
To reach this momentous milestone, CooperRiis has emphasized 3 building blocks:
- Purposeful work: All residents participate in structured work
- Wellness: A focus on whole person health, supported by whole foods, yoga, meditation, massage, personal fitness training, and supplements
- Clinical Care: psychiatry, therapy, family support and group work
Speaking to the incredible success possible at CooperRiis, President Michael Groat introduces Karen, a woman who describes finding a place of belonging after years of isolation and depression, and who feels renewed hope. “One of the most touching things about Karen is that her recovery has reconnected her with poetry. Her poetry is healing and contributes to the life of the community. She recently read a beautiful poem about her recovery during a community meeting:
"The Sunflower blossom will never refold
Into a tiny bud.
But you, if you choose, can revive and rebuild
And re-peace and re-hope and re-love.”
About CooperRiis: Founded in 2003, CooperRiis is a tiered residential program with an urban campus in Asheville and a working farm located in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Residents can move from one of its two main campuses into a transitional living community program that features nearly a dozen group homes and teams that support increased independence and recovery.