The governing boards of the national recovery community organizations Faces & Voices of Recovery and Young People in Recovery (YPR) have approved plans to merge the organizations, and the process of combining the groups will be completed over the next several months.
The announcement from the two organizations comes during a period that has been marked by uncertainty at Faces & Voices, which has operated without a permanent executive director for months and has been seen as needing a financial boost to match its organizational and advocacy initiatives in the recovery community. A call to Faces & Voices' offices from Addiction Professional was not returned this week.
A statement this month from Faces & Voices board chair Mike Barry states, “By uniting as one organization, YPR and Faces & Voices of Recovery have an increased catchment and outreach capability to reach broader audiences of national, state, and local communities.”
YPR board chairman Mike DeAgro adds that the merger will formalize a partnership that has already existed for several years to advance recovery-related education and support, with an opportunity now to streamline administrative resources for the two organizations as well.