ABOUT THP 2018-07-20T13:39:58+00:00

ABOUT THE HERREN PROJECT

The Herren Project (THP) was founded in 2011 by former professional basketball player, Chris Herren, with the goal of helping others navigate the road to recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). THP has since helped thousands of individuals and their families with recovery navigation and support services as well brought awareness to the disease of addiction and initiatives focused on substance use prevention education.

Reaching One Person, One Family At A Time.

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ABOUT THE HERREN PROJECT

The Herren Project (THP) was founded in 2011 by former professional basketball player, Chris Herren, with the goal of helping others navigate the road to recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). THP has since helped thousands of individuals and their families with recovery navigation and support services as well brought awareness to the disease of addiction and initiatives focused on substance use prevention education.

Reaching One Person, One Family At A Time.

LEARN MORE

“There is no greater gift than sharing recovery with others. Watching the trust build and healing start. Wellness starts within each of us. It is a choice to live, make positive decisions and be better.”
– Chris Herren

“There is no greater gift than sharing recovery with others. Watching the trust build and healing start. Wellness starts within each of us. It is a choice to live, make positive decisions and be better.” – Chris Herren

– AREAS OF FOCUS –

WHO WE ARE

HISTORY 2018-06-11T14:11:14+00:00

Within hours of an overdose from heroin in June of 2008, Chris Herren was released from a Fall River Hospital. Only partially through detoxification from the drugs and alcohol in his body, with no healthcare coverage and little money to his name, he was back out on the street overwhelmed by a sense of shame, with few options and no place to turn. Friends stepped in and with modest financial support and a strong hand helped Chris through an extended treatment program and a return to sober living. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.

Chris Herren’s story and his redemptive rise from the depths of addiction were captured through the publication of the book, Basketball Junkie and the release of the ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded. As a result, Chris Herren has received thousands of desperate “calls for help” from others facing addiction. The Herren Project was formed in 2011 to answer those calls, increase education and public awareness on substance use disorder and the disease of addiction with the goal of reaching one person, one family.

MISSION 2018-06-11T13:04:39+00:00

The mission of The Herren Project is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow.

GOALS 2018-06-11T13:47:10+00:00
  • Provide effective treatment navigation, family support and comprehensive extended care to build long-term recovery.
  • Educate youth and at-risk populations on substance use disorder through wellness, prevention and awareness initiatives.
  • Advocate on behalf of individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction to promote the power of recovery and community.
IMPACT 2018-06-11T13:11:41+00:00

Over the past year THP experienced major growth and impact including:

  • Secured $840,000 in treatment scholarships for individuals suffering from substance use disorder.
  • Assisted over 644 individuals and families with treatment navigation, support, and other resources such as recovery coaching and virtual support groups.
  • Provided over $200,000 in financial assistance for recovery housing, recovery coaching and other treatment related expenses. 70% of those helped through our sober living scholarship program are still in long term recovery, with many having become house managers in their area or working in other field related jobs helping others.
  • Launched the THP Project Purple Initiative in 590 communities nationwide and reached over 885,000 individuals.
  • Answered over 1,700 e-mails and outreach from students nationwide after hearing Chris Herren share his story.

WHO WE ARE

HISTORY 2018-06-11T14:11:14+00:00

Within hours of an overdose from heroin in June of 2008, Chris Herren was released from a Fall River Hospital. Only partially through detoxification from the drugs and alcohol in his body, with no healthcare coverage and little money to his name, he was back out on the street overwhelmed by a sense of shame, with few options and no place to turn. Friends stepped in and with modest financial support and a strong hand helped Chris through an extended treatment program and a return to sober living. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.

Chris Herren’s story and his redemptive rise from the depths of addiction were captured through the publication of the book, Basketball Junkie and the release of the ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded. As a result, Chris Herren has received thousands of desperate “calls for help” from others facing addiction. The Herren Project was formed in 2011 to answer those calls, increase education and public awareness on substance use disorder and the disease of addiction with the goal of reaching one person, one family.

MISSION 2018-06-11T13:04:39+00:00

The mission of The Herren Project is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow.

GOALS 2018-06-11T13:47:10+00:00
  • Provide effective treatment navigation, family support and comprehensive extended care to build long-term recovery.
  • Educate youth and at-risk populations on substance use disorder through wellness, prevention and awareness initiatives.
  • Advocate on behalf of individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction to promote the power of recovery and community.
IMPACT 2018-06-11T13:11:41+00:00

Over the past year THP experienced major growth and impact including:

  • Secured $840,000 in treatment scholarships for individuals suffering from substance use disorder.
  • Assisted over 644 individuals and families with treatment navigation, support, and other resources such as recovery coaching and virtual support groups.
  • Provided over $200,000 in financial assistance for recovery housing, recovery coaching and other treatment related expenses. 70% of those helped through our sober living scholarship program are still in long term recovery, with many having become house managers in their area or working in other field related jobs helping others.
  • Launched the THP Project Purple Initiative in 590 communities nationwide and reached over 885,000 individuals.
  • Answered over 1,700 e-mails and outreach from students nationwide after hearing Chris Herren share his story.

– MEET THE TEAM –

Kevin Mikolazyk
Kevin Mikolazyk
Executive Director
Bonnie Sawyer
Bonnie Sawyer
Director of Advancement
Jenny Swider
Jenny Swider
Marketing Communications
Pam Rickard, RRCA Certified Coach
Pam Rickard, RRCA Certified Coach
National Director of THP Runs
Kristin Young, LICSW
Kristin Young, LICSW
Director of Support Services
Rebecca Helman O’Dowd, LICSW
Rebecca Helman O’Dowd, LICSW
Support Services Specialist
Paul White, M.Ed., LMHC
Paul White, M.Ed., LMHC
Support Services Specialist
Kelley Cabral Mosher, LICSW
Kelley Cabral Mosher, LICSW
Support Services Specialist
Joleena Mikolazyk, MSW, LCSW
Joleena Mikolazyk, MSW, LCSW
Support Services Specialist
Patrick Balsley, CAC, ICADC, SFRC
Patrick Balsley, CAC, ICADC, SFRC
Support Services Specialist
Angie Tibbetts
Angie Tibbetts
Recovery Coordinator
Lesley Lederer
Lesley Lederer
Development Coordinator
Laura Tibbetts
Laura Tibbetts
Visual Communication Specialist
Laurie Spaner
Laurie Spaner
Office Administrator
Amy Lopes
Amy Lopes
Administrative Assistant

– MEET THE TEAM –

Kevin Mikolazyk
Kevin Mikolazyk
Executive Director
Bonnie Sawyer
Bonnie Sawyer
Director of Advancement
Jenny Swider
Jenny Swider
Marketing Communications
Pam Rickard, RRCA Certified Coach
Pam Rickard, RRCA Certified Coach
National Director of THP Runs
Kristin Young, LICSW
Kristin Young, LICSW
Director of Support Services
Rebecca Helman O’Dowd, LICSW
Rebecca Helman O’Dowd, LICSW
Support Services Specialist
Paul White, LMHC
Paul White, LMHC
Support Services Specialist
Kelley Cabral Mosher, LICSW
Kelley Cabral Mosher, LICSW
Support Services Specialist
Joleena Mikolazyk, MSW, LCSW
Joleena Mikolazyk, MSW, LCSW
Support Services Specialist
Patrick Balsley, CAC
Patrick Balsley, CAC
Support Services Specialist
Angie Tibbetts
Angie Tibbetts
Recovery Coordinator
Lesley Lederer
Lesley Lederer
Development Coordinator
Laura Tibbetts
Laura Tibbetts
Visual Communication Specialist
Laurie Spaner
Laurie Spaner
Office Administrator
Amy Lopes
Amy Lopes
Administrative Assistant

– BOARD OF DIRECTORS –

Ken Coleman
President

Jay Coogan
Secretary

Jeff Caron
Board Member

Erin Chase
Board Member

Bob Eagan
Board Member

Robert Horowitz
Board Member

Stephen Lyons
Board Member

Liz Mullin
Board Member

– BOARD OF DIRECTORS –

Ken Coleman
President

Jay Coogan
Secretary

Jeff Caron
Board Member

Erin Chase
Board Member

Bob Eagan
Board Member

Robert Horowitz
Board Member

Stephen Lyons
Board Member

Liz Mullin
Board Member

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ONE PERSON
ONE FAMILY