Where it Happens

Family Recovery Center

The Family Recovery Center (FRC)

was established in 1994 to assist women with children in breaking the cycle of substance abuse. FRC serves pregnant and parenting women with their children through the age of 10.  They provide Residential, Day, Outpatient and After Care treatment.

The Family Recovery Center (FRC) uses evidence based services focused on the following primary goals:

MHS/FRC Mission Statement

To improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.

Success Stories

Dear Dr. Johnson, I don’t even know where to begin thanking you.  All of my life, my teeth have been crooked or broken.  It started when I was about 10 years old and fell down on a rock at a place called Black Canyon in Ramona.  After that I had them capped and about 2 years later I was playing hide and seek with my cousins and hid behind a rather heavy door.  When my cousin came into the dark room, she pushed the door open hard and it hit me in the face, breaking my teeth even worse than before.  I hated my face and wouldn’t even look in a mirror.  I went all through Junior High and High School with broken, ugly teeth.  I don’t even know how many days I would come home from school crying because other kids would tease me.  I hate to laugh and even worse to smile.  In 9th grade I remember doing an essay on 3 wishes.  The three wishes I chose were 1. A cure for cancer (because my Aunt was very ill), 2.  I wished for my Mom to get us kids back and 3.  That we could afford to make my smile pretty.  In the end I only got a D on my essay because I wouldn’t stand in front of the class and present it. I just want you to know how you are truly making my dream come true, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Thank you so much for the card and the stocking! This upcoming year promises to bring many positive changes to my life. I will be starting school to study Alcohol and Drug Services to give back what has so graciously been given to me. I will be buying my first car and hopefully moving into a bigger apartment, still in FRC housing, where my daughter can have her own room. I continue to work full time and move up in the company at Walmart Neighborhood Market. None of this would have been possible without the support and care provided by MHS-FRC and the DreamKeepers! Thank you again for all you have done and do!
Hi dream keepers, thank you so much for the lovely card, I want to let you all know that since I have last seen you(work readiness graduation) I am doing pretty well. I see a bright future ahead, I'm trying to save money for my own place by working as a seasonal helper at UPS hoping to get hired on permanently. I want to thank you all once again for all your support and for helping make my success possible.. At age 52, I have no more time for poor choices and will continue to do the right thing in my quest for successful Independence . Happy holidays, love hearing from you, definitely made me smile. You are an awesome bunch!
Dreamkeepers, Thank you for being part of my journey in recovery. I have struggled with substance abuse off and on for 12 years. This time around, something and everything was different. A true surrender forced to my knees in desperation I begged for a bed at FRC. Determined and willing to do anything to end the vicious cycle of active addiction I chose to do everything different. Willing and ready I accepted to change internally to allow the external factors to fall into place. It was in this course, “Work Readiness” that my miracles began. I was forced to look at my deep rooted core issues from childhood shedding tears both in pain and of joy. Ms. Judy taught me to change my thinking, one thought, one goal and one boundary at a time. I began to see clearly for the very first time. Broken and lacking understanding of what true love was I came to Work Readiness. It was you the Dreamkeepers whom didn’t even know me that taught me that I was worthy of being loved. Your actions and time committed to FRC were the first acts of kindness and love I had known in a very long time. I am so grateful for you, Ms. Judy and Work Readiness for encouraging me and teaching me that I am a good person, a good mom and worthy of a good life. Sometimes it only takes a handful of people to love you, just long enough until I learned to love myself. Thank you for being that person for me!
I wanted to take the time to write this email expressing my gratitude for your provisions. I wish you could see the transformation. I look so professional with the new fitted pants, button down shirt, and dress shoes. Everything fits perfect and the shoes are so comfortable and cute. I feel so pretty and empowered. I am beginning to think more positively about my future and get excited to pursue something I will find fulfillment in and be able to inspire and help others, like you have done for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dear Dream keepers, I would like to take this time to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate everything that you’ve done for me and for the time invested in me. Thank you for the clothes, shoes and work books. Mrs. Judy has been a great teacher. She has helped me and guided me to become more successful in life. I’ve learned so much about myself and how to properly interview for a job and I am very thankful for that. I feel that I am now ready to take on an interviewer. Once again I would like to thank you and I hope that you understand how much I appreciate you.
Dear Dreamkeepers, Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to be part of Workreadiness! In the past few weeks I've gained so much knowledge not only about the work force but about myself in general. I have been able to open up more and communicate how I feel with better emotions and feelings. I've learned to change my negative thoughts into positive ones, waking up every morning and choosing to not be bitter. To be able to conduct a new form of resumes with QSPs and how to properly conduct interview answers, which I wasn't so confident about before. With out this opportunity I wouldn't have been able to learn about who I am and what I want to become. I now know there is so much more out there that life can give me, all I have to do is just go and get it! The clothes you have given us is such a blessing and I feel CONFIDENT with myself and with how I carry myself. Learning how to recognize my numbers and how I can bring them down with just positive thinking. I've learned now that fear isn't just about being scared and freighted, its about feeling all those emotions that I never allowed myself to feel before. Its about realizing all the fear based trauma that i experienced when I was a child but just brushed it off like it was nothing and drowning it in my addiction. Mrs. Judy always tells us that she doesn't do the work and that its all us, but with out you guys and Mrs. Judy we wouldn't have ever had this chance to know ourselves and love ourselves better than we did before. So thank you thank you thank you! I would do this whole thing again if given to me. I'm no longer that fragile little girl who didn't know who she was, I'm leaving here a BEAUTIFUL, STRONG, MORE CONFIDENT WOMAN.
Thank you so much for the clothes and shoes! I look and feel so professional. I know this could not have been possible without you. It is an honor and privilege to be chosen for such an eye-opening experience. I am so excited to have my life back and become a successful human-being I will let you know how my job search goes!
I want to start off with a big thank you for all that you wonderful ladies do for us in the work readiness program, and thank you for the wonderful outfits and shoes we have received. We have been working on our resume building, QSP"s, Interview Q&A, and much more. I feel like I look like a million dollars so professional. I can’t wait to get out there and put all my new skills and dress for success to the test.
Dear Dream Keepers, Thankyou so much for my uniform's you acquired me with in such a class called work readiness i appreciate all you do for me. and financially helping our program with not only outfits for work readiness but for our gifts and our donations you give us.The shirts were really estavagent i could not believe how the uniforms felt to wear made me feel very responsible and gave the sence of achievement with confidents to feel and know we could get the job if we really want it i appreciate you so much thank you for all you do. i even had my first in person child visit with my son here at frc and i wore my uniform because i felt like a proud mom and wanted my baby to se that i have changed and am working hard at frc to be a great mom for him he really took to my button up shirt thank you so much i feel accomplished in every thing im doing thanks to you guys and i have beautiful earrings i am wearing every day i got from christmas so really thank you so much again for all you do for me and this phacility.
Kimberly Ann
Thank you for your kindness! I'm struggling to provide for myself and appreciate all the positive encouragement. Bless you
Thank you so very much I hope your holidays have been Merry and bright and full of blessings
My name is Dalia, I am Currently in the Work Readiness Program at the FRC. I am sending this email to thank you for the Work Readiness Clothes that you had provided me with, and especially for this opportunity to work on myself to becoming a better person. These clothes makes me feel like a brand new person. Within these two weeks of being in this program I have learned quite a bit about myself and learned to work on my attributes. Thanks to this program, I will soon be ready to move forward and achieve my goals. One of my career goals has been put aside due to my lack of growing, now with the help of this program I will no longer be afraid of pursuing my dreams. I never thought that at the age of 30, being an addict, I would be given another chance for a career and happiness. Thank You once again for this great opportunity.
Hello, my name is Polina I am one of the girls in Miss Judy's, work readiness course. Today I will like to thank you so much for giving me an opportunity at life. I say this because with your help, I am now able to build my confidence up in the working environment. I am very grateful for the uniforms and shoes , I am wearing daily to class and the books I have been able to study to get the knowledge I am going to use in finding ,getting and holding a job. Thank you again!
Dear DreamKeepers , Hello my name is Brianna and I am a client at FRC who is on council , and also an honored participant of Ms. Judy’s work readiness class . Thank you so much for the nice clothing, and for all that you do for FRC . I've never had such nice clothing in my life and wearing them makes me feel ready , and important , and for the first time in my life confident in myself so thank you for the clothing and all the feelings that go in wearing them. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO
Dear DreamKeepers, I would just like to share with you a little bit of my experience going through work readiness. To start off Mrs. Judy is amazing...I will say this has really helped me identify my childhood trauma. Mrs. Judy was a part of me discovering that I have never grieved my mother who passed away 35 years ago when I was 5 years old. While in work readiness I have learned to face my fears, allow myself to cry and feel my emotions. Today I believe that I am capable of setting goals and achieving them. Although I am 39 years old, I can still pursue my education and work towards my high school diploma, which will allow me to seek a career path that I love. Work Readiness has been a fun learning experience and I would like to send my utmost gratitude and appreciation to DreamKeepers for making this all possible the work clothing has given me a confidence in my appearance and has allowed me to move past my anxiety of sitting in front of a potential employer during an interview THANK YOU DREAMKEEPERS!!!!!!
My name is Michelle and I am in work readiness. I came to FRC with nothing. Now with the tools I’m learning I’m going to be ready for the world. I feel so professional and ladylike in the clothes that you provided for us. Thank you again for the clothing. having this chance to change and be a better me is all worth it. I promise not to disappoint and to only come back to share my story as alumni. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us!
Thank you so much for the clothing, it has given me a whole new level of confidence in my outward appearance and the way I carry myself. I feel as though I can walk into any interview and get the job. It is not something I would normally take the time or have the money to do for myself. It is such an amazing feeling to be able to go to an interview with the confidence to ace it. Thank You!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for providing me with the chance of a lifetime. I was told how wonderful the Work Readiness program is from other clients. At first, I thought because I am already employed it would not benefit me. I was very wrong. Miss Judy has helped me not only learn proper behavior in the US Business Culture, but she has also helped me discover the hidden key to my recovery. I have been given the gift of freedom from my fears. All my life I have gone against the rules, I never understood why. Working with Miss Judy she has helped me discover that I have been operating out of fear for most of my life. I have been given the freedom of understanding and the ability to make drastically better decisions for my life. I will take this invaluable experience with me as I go back into the "real" world and without a doubt, succeed. Your generous support of this program has helped me so much in the process of changing my life. My new interview attire has boosted my self-confidence and is very much apricated. My time here at the Family Recovery Center has given me many tools to recovery. My time spent in the Work Readiness program has given me the tools to all new life.
Dear DreamKeepers, I think that you are all so wonderful for all that you do for us FRC ladies. Christmas time was so wonderful here thanks to you all. It’s not just the holidays when you are so good to us. It is the whole year through. We would not have Work Readiness without your generous support, and it has made a huge difference in my recovery and life. Thank you!
Thank you so much for all that you have done and gifted me with. I truly feel that now I can be a successful businessperson and Mom with the tools you have given me! I am truly blessed. I have learned not only my biggest fears in Work Readiness, but also what employees are looking for in me to be the best candidate for the job! I am an unstoppable woman now thanks to you all! You all helped me to learn what it’s like to be happy. Thank you so much.
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