Chinook Society for Recovering Addicts

CSRA – Who We Are

The Chinook Society for Recovering Addicts is a Lethbridge, Alberta based non-profit charity. We own and manage a hall which is used to provide meeting space for various 12-step recovery groups. We are located at 408 – 13th St. North.

It is our mandate to provide an affordable, well maintained facility for recovering addicts to meet to continue their recovery.

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About Us

The Chinook Society for Recovering Addicts is a Lethbridge-based non-profit charitable organization. We own and manage a hall which is used to provide meeting space for various 12-step recovery groups. We are located at 408 – 13th St. North. Our sole purpose is to manage this property to the best of our abilities to ensure that it remains functional and purposeful now and well into the future.

Our Mission

“To provide an affordable, well maintained facility for recovering addicts to meet to continue their recovery”

Our Vision

The Chinook Society for Recovering Addicts and its board of directors are committed to the future development of our building and our ongoing service to the community.  It is our vision to ensure that a suitable facility be available to the thousands of people affected by addiction in our community, now and well into the future.

Our History

The “Chinook Society for Recovering Addicts” was formed in March of 2001 by a group of twelve step members that found themselves potentially without a meeting facility in which to hold their meetings.  When they eventually found a facility they formed the Chinook Society for Recovering Addicts (CSRA) and started their search of potential groups to share that facility.  Twelve step groups from Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous agreed to rent meeting facilities from the CSRA.  The group then registered their name under the non-profit societies act and became a Registered Society with a Corporate Access Number in late 2001.

The original group was formed with the idea that a facility could be shared with numerous twelve step recovery groups all in one location which would enable them to meet the rental costs and ongoing maintenance of the facility.  The original board of directors was made up of recovery groups members.

Our Board of Directors consists of elected members of office including Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors, each being a voting member and having a group conscious not governed by any one member.  Each board member has a vested interest in there being 12 step meetings in Lethbridge.  The Societies role is to ensure general maintenance to the facility and as landlord’s to the Recovery groups utilizing space in the facility.

In April 2006 the CSRA put forth an application to the Charities Act and were granted charitable status.

In March of 2007 the CSRA put forth an application to the Alberta Lottery Foundation for a matching funds grant (Community Initiatives Program) in an effort to purchase the facility we had been renting.  Upon being successfully awarded this grant we then obtained the other half of the funds required through a mortgage with a local bank.  This purchase will help to ensure that the citizens of Lethbridge and area have a safe location to hold meetings for individuals in recovery from an addiction for many years to come.

In January of 2008 the CSRA put forth an application to the Alberta Lottery Fund, again applying for a matching funds grant (Community Facility Enhancement Project) in an effort to update our current facility.  In September 2008 we received confirmation that we been approved to move ahead with our Building Enhancement Project.

In July of 2010 the CSRA put forth an application to the City of Lethbridge for their Community Capital Project Grant to match the funds we had received from the CFEP. These grants in combination with the help of our supporters we completed our building renovation.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for the CSRA is a volunteer position and members are elected for one year terms.

 

Our Annual General Meeting is held in April of each year, and is advertised within the facility.  If you are interested in attending our next AGM or if you have any further questions please feel free to communicate this to us through our Contact Us page.

 

Our regular monthly board meetings are closed to the public and individuals wishing to attend must receive prior approval from the board. Without this approval, an individual will not be permitted to stay, and any item they wish to discuss will not appear on the monthly agenda. If you would like to request permission to attend a regular board meeting please do so through our Contact Us page.
Name Position
Alan Jarvie Chairperson
Tracy Cockerill Secretary / Treasurer
Rick Johnston Co-Treasurer
Hans Schultz Director
Rick Clark Director
Don Bulpitt Director
Sarah Russell Director

Why Support Us

Addiction is a devastating illness that tears families and communities apart. Many Southern Albertans are witnessing first hand, a much higher rate of crime and mortality from all forms of addiction. This is putting a greater amount of strain on our civil, social, police and fire services. This social condition also plays a major role in overcrowded hospitals and institutions as well.

Addiction affects us all in one way or another.

While this present social condition seems somewhat hopeless, we at the Chinook Society for Recovering Addicts believe that there is hope for the future. It has been proven that in order for people suffering from addiction to become productive members of society again, they must meet with other like-minded people on a regular basis. This allows them to share their experience, strength and hope, so they may gain a better understanding of their personal problems and find positive solutions. It also allows them to create a social network through new friends, resources and associates that will help them in their personal journey.

As a community, we can help.

The Chinook Society makes these meetings possible by providing a fully serviced building to any self supporting, recovery based group. It is our mandate to ensure that no matter what the financial condition of these groups that they never be denied access to a facility. We have roughly 1000 people that come through our doors and attend these meetings every month. As you can imagine that has created a lot of wear and tear on our building. Our property has not seen the necessary interior and exterior upgrades for several years now and is in dire need of an extensive renovation both inside and out!

Our Supporters

As a non-profit society with charitable donor status, we rely on the generous contributions we receive from a variety of sources that can be used for Capital Purchases, Operational Expenses or Building Improvements. These donations go towards assisting us in fulfilling our mandate which is “To provide an affordable, well maintained facility for recovering addicts to meet to continue their recovery.

 

As part of our recognition and thanks for these donations and support, we would like to acknowledge the following donors:

 

WOLK Construction
Hasegawa Engineering
Scores Thirst & Grill (In Memory of Nathan Slater)
Tower Tire & Auto
March of 2007 – Alberta Lottery Fund – Community Initiatives Program Grant for $55,000.  These funds were received on a matching basis and were used to purchase the meeting hall located at 408 – 13 Street North.  The Society secured a mortgage with a local bank and continues to pay off the balance.

 

September of 2008 – Alberta Lottery Fund – Community Facility Enhancement Project Grant for $58,500 as well as CIP Grant in the amount of $12,000.  These funds were received on a matching basis and are designated to assist us in the completion of our current renovation project.

 

July 2010 – Community Capital Project Grant from the City of Lethbridge in the amount of $58,500.  The funds were vital in seeing our Building Enhancement project come to fruition.

Contact Us

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Chinook Society.  We encourage you to contact us for more information or assistance.

 

Below is our email address and phone number as well as a form you can submit to have us contact you. Please be advised that our facility is only utilized by 12-step recovery groups and therefore there is not always board representation available onsite.  The phone number is a direct line to the meeting facility and is rarely monitored by members of the board.  If you would like to speak to a board member please email us or fill out the contact form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

 

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