NEW: OPEN Recovery Workshops for Employees & Employers

COR’s innovative workshops engage and educate participants about health and wellness in the workplace through the lens of  recovery in the workplace.  The creation of  recovery-conducive work environments, supports team diversity, enhances organizational sensitivity and reduce the costs associated with lost productivity due to addiction recovery issues.  The interactive and customization workshops address:

  • What it means (and doesn’t mean) to be in recovery
  • What  ‘Open Recovery’ is and why it is important
  • Developing recovery-conducive work environments
  • Audit of current work environment: culture and norms regarding drinking/drugging, addiction and recovery
  • Supporting employees in recovery and those dealing with addiction
  • Resources available beyond EAP crisis intervention/recovery programs
  • Other recovery-related relevant issues

To learn more about Recovery Workshops for the workplace, please contact Fay Zenoff at 415-296-9047 or

Collaborating for ‘Recovery Ready’ Communities

COR has been actively engaged in local coalitions and working with community partners to increase the impact and efficacy of our individual efforts which promote health and safety for the benefit of all individuals, families and under-resourced neighborhoods across San Francisco and Bay Area.

Health and safety initiatives strengthen ‘Recovery Ready’ communities which support those in recovery to live, work and socialize in healthier environments (rather than toxic environments which may trigger relapse). COR aims to not only help prevent relapse, decrease usage and reduce the consequences of addiction – but also to support environments which foster wellness for all.

Below is a list of the initiatives in which COR has involved and played a key role over the past few years.

To learn more about our Environmental Advocacy, please contact Pedro Torres at 415-296-9921 or

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Safe Passage
Safe Passage is a collaboration of Tenderloin-based non-profits, schools, and merchants that:

• Ensure children safely get to and from school

From painting murals on sidewalks, providing safety training for parents, to acting as “corner captains” situated along a designated route, all efforts create safe pathways through a tough neighborhood. Acting as deterrents to drug dealers and users, Safe Passage members also become a reliable and positive community presence for youth. Safer streets, healthier lives.

Center for Open Recovery has brought our expertise in youth development, public health, substance abuse, and facilitation to this effort. Safe Passage is guided by an Advisory Board that includes: the Tenderloin Boys & Girls Club, La Voz Latina, Mercy Housing, Youth with a Mission, Glide, DeMarillac Academy, UCSF, Tenderloin Residents, TL HIP, and Center for Open Recovery.

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San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership
The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP) brings together the efforts of key community health improvement collaborators into an aligned endeavor to :

• Ensure safe and healthy living environments
• Increase healthy eating and physical activity
• Increase access to high-quality health care and services

Center for Open Recovery’s involvement with SFHIP has been as an advocate for the inclusion of ‘long-term recovery’ to be among the health care priorities of the City & County of San Francisco .
COR has also been involved in SFHIP’s Alcohol Policy Working Group to address alcohol regulation, and thereby create healthier communities that can help sustain long-term recovery.

Key partners in SFHIP include San Francisco’s non-profit hospitals, Building a Healthier San Francisco Project, The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UCSF, and The San Francisco Department of Public Health

The Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (see below) is also part of SFHIP.

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Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership
Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (TL- HIP) is a multi-sector, collective impact partnership committed to:

• Improve community health, safety, and wellbeing in the Tenderloin

This collaboration also seeks to foster physical activity, healthy eating and access to health care for residents in the neighborhood. By creating healthier neighborhoods, we create healthier communities in which to sustain recovery.

COR has served as a member of the TL-HIP Community Advisory Committee, participating in governance and overseeing the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Community Benefit Plan. Center for Open Recovery has also served on the Advisory Board, offering expertise on addiction and advocating for long-term recovery in the community.



Chicano Latino Indigena Health Equity Coalition

The Chicano Latino Indigena Health Equity Coalition’s goal is to:

• Reduce health disparities

The coalition does this by advocating with respect to policy and program development on behalf of the Chicano, Latino, and Indigena communities who are affected by such inequity in San Francisco
Often alcohol abuse is coupled with domestic violence or other criminal acts, for which the consequences – for members of these populations – include deportation for those living here without authorization. As more members of these communities are displaced from the Mission District due to the rising cost of housing, the Coalition is increasing its presence in the Tenderloin.

COR has served on the Steering Committee of the Coalition.

Other partners include:
Asociacion Mayab, CARECEN, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, SF AIDS Foundation Latino Programs, UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute, and Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco.

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Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition

The Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition is an effort led primarily by Tenderloin residents to:

• Increase access to fresh and healthy foods

This food justice coalition helps merchants transform their convenience stores (in which liquor is typically the key merchandise) into grocery stores through grants and the support of expert consultants. This initiative gives merchants the tools to be responsive to customer needs and to help create a healthier community.

The Coalition’s work connects with COR’s vision to create healthier communities for individuals seeking and in long-term recovery.
Center for Open Recovery is a founding member of the Coalition and sat on the Steering Committee for years. Many of COR’s youth program participants took part in this prevention work.

Members of the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition also includes: The San Francisco Department of Public Health, UCSF Clinical & Translation Science Institute, Vietnamese Youth Development Center, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center, Central City SRO Collaborative, Feeling Good Project, San Francisco Tobacco Free Project, AAIMS, and the Heart of the City Farmers Market.

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San Francisco Alcohol Prevention Coalition
San Francisco Alcohol Prevention Coalition is a youth-led coalition designed to

• Decrease youth binge drinking

From discouraging alcohol advertisements targeted at youth, to addressing issues of access to alcohol, this coalition educates and empowers youth to engage in the civic process to advocate for health in their communities.

Employing an environmental prevention approach, youth develop leadership skills by engaging in research, developing findings, building community support, and making recommendations to policymakers. Prevention goes hand-in-hand with long-term recovery and the creation of healthier communities for all residents and families.

COR has been part of the Steering Committee and worked with the youth in the Tenderloin who have also been represented in the Coalition. We contributed our expertise in alcohol regulation, government/community relations, and our vision to create recovery-ready communities.

Other organizations involved include: Horizons, YLI, OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center, Asian American Recovery Services, Filipino Community Center, Community Youth Center, Japanese Community Youth Council, and Vietnamese Youth Development Center.