Herren Project is proud to participate in Rhode Island’s COVID response efforts, receiving $10,000 in additional funding from the Rhode Island Community Foundation to address the needs of Rhode Islanders facing substance use issues.

Rhode Island Foundation

Nonprofits receive nearly $450,000 to help RI’ers cope with continuing effects of COVID-19 crisis

“COVID-19 has had devastating effects on the addiction community, creating isolation and difficulty for individuals and family members to receive the help they need for treatment and recovery from drugs and alcohol,” commented Bonnie Sawyer, Herren Project new Executive Director. “We want Rhode Islanders to know that we are here to help them if they are seeking treatment, housing, and sober support and that families too can find the support and community they need as they face the challenges of caring for a loved one with substance use disorder.”

Herren Project is headquartered in Tiverton, RI and was founded by former NBA basketball player Chris Herren ten years ago on the principle of giving back and helping one another in time of need. It began when one person reached out for help to find treatment. Since that time, Herren Project has assisted thousands of men and women with finding a stable footing in recovery, connecting them with resources that support, inspire and empower them in their journeys to wellness.

Herren Project provides free resources and support through recovery scholarships, family consultations, and online family support groups. Peer advocates on the front-line will answer calls to help individuals secure access to treatment regardless of financial means or proper insurance, advocating for men and women, ages 18 and older, to find the best treatment solution available with in-kind treatment scholarships. Individuals seeking assistance may receive grants for recovery housing and coaching scholarships for seven weeks following primary care to help them find a stable aftercare support system, secure a job and sustain their sobriety. With additional wrap-around services for an extended period, more individuals find lasting recovery.

Since the pandemic, we have seen a 200% increase in the need for our services in RI. People are struggling more than ever.” Sawyer explained. Herren Project can be instrumental in helping Rhode Islanders take the first step to recovery from addiction and provide a much-needed online community. Online recovery meetings are now offered 5 days a week, Monday – Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST, and an addition of 18 new family support groups with clinicians have been added over the past year.

“At a time when overdose statistics paint a picture that is bleak, we want Rhode Island to know there is hope in recovery. Herren Project cares and is standing by to support your wellness.”

If you or a loved one needs help, call us at 844-543-8555 or go to herrenproject.org.