Our Story

Recovery Allies of West Michigan started as a simple committee associated with Network 180 (Kent County Community Mental Health). It was designed to advocate for and train Recovery Coaches to improve the system of care. In 2013, it was decided that in order to make significant progress an agency needed to be formed that was dedicated to these tasks. Recovery Allies was born!

Since it’s formation, Recovery Allies has grown it’s service area well beyond the Kent County borders. In the last year, we have experienced a significant change in leadership and have redefined our mission and goals. Recovery Allies remains committed to the art of Recovery Coaching, but also sees a need for expanded training and advocacy within the system. We are excited to branch out, while maintaining our roots. This promises to be an exciting time and we encourage you to stay in touch as we grow.

A Board of Directors is the governing body, followed by the Executive Director. Recovery Allies is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, licensed by the State of Michigan for substance use prevention work. We work with several community organizations and are proud to be pioneers for recovery.

Education. Support. Advocacy.
RECOVERY HAPPENS!

Our Board of Directors

Mark Thompson, President

Catherine VanDeWege, Secretary 

Heather Greko

Marvin Hamilton

Marvin McKenzie, Jr.  

Our Employees

Sara L. Paxton, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, Executive Director

Douglas Hulst, Associate Director

Janice Schau, Pathways Coordinator

Open Position, Finance & Billing Specialist