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March 29, 2019

Courage from Capacity Building

The Need for Capacity Building The last few years have seen substantial changes here at Cazenovia Recovery. In 2014 and 2016, we assumed the operations of pre-existing programs from providers that were struggling. Meanwhile, last year saw the start of Rehabilitation, our new element of integrated care. This involved building a managed care billing and […]

December 25, 2018

2018 In Review

  Treatment & Service Updates This was such a great year for us here at Cazenovia Recovery, and it all started with Rehabilitation treatment. On January 1, this new model began at Cazenovia Manor and Madonna House. Later in October, Turning Point House followed. By providing substance use counseling, mental health treatment, and basic primary […]

November 28, 2018

Calling All Cazenovia Recovery Alumni!

Are you Cazenovia Recovery alumni? Do you know someone who is? If so, we’re looking to connect with alumni from our programs! In fact, we’ve developed a brand-new way to keep in touch. Cazenovia Recovery alumni from any of our programs are invited to visit cazenoviarecovery.org/alumni today. There, alumni can sign up to receive information […]

October 30, 2018

Supportive Living Innovations

Here at Cazenovia Recovery, we’re always looking for new ways to innovate. Some recent changes at our Supportive Living program show this quite well. Supportive Living offers peer-supported apartments throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. Residents stay in apartments with peers and receive counseling, case management, and other services. In fact, this is one of our […]

September 28, 2018

Recovery-Friendly Activities

Offering Rehabilitation at Cazenovia Manor has brought new opportunities for the programs’ residents. The onsite substance use and mental health treatment, paired with basic primary care, have helped residents make important strides in their recovery. One development within the new model is the addition of an activities coordinator. Shannon Franz has been in the position […]

August 29, 2018

A Day in the Life of Substance Use Counselors

Our staff members are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. In fact, we’re saving lives every single day. This is particularly true of our substance use counselors, who help our residents bring about positive changes in themselves in order to find success. Substance use counselors typically run individual and group counseling sessions. Topics […]

July 26, 2018

Focusing on Health at Turning Point House

With great enthusiasm, residents of Cazenovia Recovery’s Turning Point House (TPH) assisted staff members in clearing refrigerator and pantry shelves of items not in sync with their new nutrition goals. Saying goodbye to high sugar and high carbs and hello to healthier choices is one way that residents are embracing wellness options. “This ties into […]

June 29, 2018

Commemorating Liberty Hall

Healthcare organizations across the state are evaluating their practices and funding sources in order to survive within a rapidly-changing environment. In preparation for this new reality, Cazenovia Recovery has made the difficult decision to close Liberty Hall. The program, a community residence for Veterans, will close on June 30. Liberty Hall was created in collaboration […]

May 24, 2018

Sue Green, a Trauma-Informed Care Advocate

Sue Green, the longest-serving member of Cazenovia Recovery Systems’ Board of Directors, has provided consistent and valuable contributions since 2002, including past service as Board President. As clinical associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, co-director of its Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, and a trauma therapist, Sue’s leadership and […]

April 30, 2018

Finding Treatment

Finding treatment for drug and alcohol recovery can be a complex process. Whether you’re looking for yourself or for a loved one, there are many options available. More programs are opening to help combat the opioid epidemic and current programs are restructuring to better meet the needs of people in recovery. First Steps In New […]

March 28, 2018

Now Offering Rehabilitation

Cazenovia Recovery’s person-centered program model is fully realized at Cazenovia Manor and Madonna House with the addition of on-site Rehabilitation treatment. Following new elements of care outlined by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), the focus is on providing comprehensive services within a single program. Rehabilitation includes four hours […]

January 30, 2018

Alone and Cold

The Reality of Being Homeless in Winter Buffalo has had some record-setting cold temperatures this season. With that in mind, have you ever taken a moment to imagine what it would be like to be homeless in winter? Just picture it – you’re huddled in layers of clothes that haven’t been washed in weeks. Your […]

December 28, 2017

4.12 Rosemary Duran, 15-Year Board Member

This month’s newsletter features Rosemary Duran, one of our board members. The agency has greatly benefited from Rosemary’s expertise and knowledge of mental health and issues related to dual-diagnoses these last fifteen years. Other articles discuss a citizen advocate in Niagara County, our recent collaborative PSA, and a Seeking Safety group at Unity House. Click […]

November 29, 2017

4.11 Wellness at Casa Di Vita

November’s agency newsletter spotlights Casa Di Vita’s focus on wellness. It’s a big component of the services they offer to the women at their program, and it’s very well-received. We also discuss a generous donor at Housing, our new Stories of Recovery imitative, and corrective interventions at Turning Point House. Click here to download a […]

October 26, 2017

Yoga’s Benefits for Recovery

Residents of Turning Point House (TPH) are enjoying the physical and mental wellness benefits of yoga thanks to Gabriella Pelosi, senior counselor at the program. Yoga’s benefits for recovery are quite numerous. Based in rural Eden, NY, TPH was founded in 1990 and offers intensive residential rehabilitation to men who were not able to achieve […]

October 26, 2017

4.10 Turning Point’s Yoga Sessions

October’s Cazenovia Compass features a story on the yoga classes currently happening at Turning Point House. We also mention a couple new initiatives happening throughout the agency, including the DASNY grant implementation and StoryGrowing WNY. Somerset House’s focus on language is discussed in this month’s Trauma-Informed Care Corner, as well. Click here to download a […]

September 28, 2017

4.9 Now Hiring!

This month’s newsletter discusses on our upcoming hiring needs for the 820 Redesign. Throughout the fall, we will engage in a recruitment campaign to help bring in additional medical, clinical, and support staff. Other stories in this month’s newsletter cover a recent rally in Niagara County and Kathryn Kaiser’s Niagara Award. Click here to download a […]

August 30, 2017

4.8 Recovery Day 2017

This month’s newsletter is all about Recovery Day. From the activities of the event, to the art show, to our generous sponsors, there was a lot to cover! Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s Recovery Day such a success. In addition, this month’s newsletter also spotlights Liberty Hall’s new Shout Out Board in our […]

July 31, 2017

4.7 Niagara County Supports Madonna House

Our July newsletter features a story on the positive relationship our agency has with Niagara County. Madonna House recently required an extension to its lease in order to seek funds for upcoming renovations to the building. Thankfully, Niagara County proved to be a welcoming and willing partner in the process. Additional stories include Sundram Manor’s garden […]

May 31, 2017

Liberty Hall Creates Opportunities

Within weeks after Robin, a Navy Veteran, arrived at Liberty Hall, his help made a big difference in continuing the operations of the gym at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Batavia, NY. Since Liberty Hall’s opening in 2011, Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc. has helped hundreds of homeless Veterans who are in recovery from substance […]

May 31, 2017

4.5 Liberty Hall Creates Opportunities

This month’s agency newsletter focuses on the great work of residents at Liberty Hall who have worked to keep the Batavia VA gym operational. This doesn’t just benefit Liberty Hall; it benefits Veterans all across Batavia who use the gym at the VA. Other stories include a visit from OASAS and SAMHSA to some of […]

April 26, 2017

4.4 Trauma-Informed Care Transformation

This month’s newsletter highlights our agency’s accomplishments in Trauma-Informed Care over the last two years. As this project draws to a close, it is clear that this has been a truly transformative initiative for Cazenovia Recovery Systems. Other stories discuss information on this year’s Recovery Day and a new women’s group at Housing that was […]

March 30, 2017

4.3 Embracing Change at Somerset House

The March issue of the Cazenovia Compass focuses on Somerset House and the program’s new site supervisor, Erin DeWolfe. She’s already implementing some great changes and we’re very excited to see what else she will accomplish. This month also discusses GetSET, a new initiative that will involve leadership across the agency; raising HIV awareness at […]

February 27, 2017

4.2 Meet Our Board Secretary

Neldria Staton, our Board Secretary, has an impressive background in engineering and construction. She brings an innovative perspective to our Board as she likes to focus on the “nuts and bolts of things.” This newsletter also showcases our 2016 Annual Report, a recent get-together for agency staff, and a reminder to engage in self-care.  Click […]

January 30, 2017

4.1 Keeping Families Together

Residents in our Supportive Living program can now bring their children to live with them in select apartments. This will help us to keep families unified while receiving recovery services. This newsletter also discusses a recent benefit dinner held for Liberty Hall and the various choices residents at Sundram Manor have.  Click here to download […]

December 29, 2016

3.12 Credentialing Our Counselors

In the lead up to the Medicaid redesign, counselors across our programs will be required to be CASACs. Cazenovia Manor is the first program within the agency whose entire clinical team has achieved CASAC status. This month’s newsletter focuses on their experience of becoming credentialed. Other stories focus on holiday parties and decorations throughout the […]

November 30, 2016

3.11 A Partnership for Veterans

In honor of Veterans day, this month’s newsletter features the work of Cadence Square, a program in Canandaigua we helped to develop in partnership with Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling & Referral Agency (FLACRA). This issue also features stories on a recent donation for Cazenovia Manor, the publication of our annual report, and the trauma-informed staff at […]

October 27, 2016

3.10 What’s Cooking?

Residents throughout Cazenovia Recovery Systems often help out in our programs’ kitchens. This month’s agency newsletter focuses on one such story. Other articles highlight our agency’s contributions to ending Veteran homelessness in Western New York and a resident at TPH repainting the site’s trail signs. And this month’s Trauma-Informed Care Corner discusses collaboration at Unity […]

September 28, 2016

3.9 Meet Our Treasurer

First, September’s Cazenovia Compass features an article on our Board treasurer, Cathy Braniecki. Additionally, WNY United donated furniture to two of our programs. Our transition to Trauma-Informed Care received a nomination for a SOPHi Award, as well. And lastly, our Wellness Committee is  promoting its newest challenge, Lose to Win. Click here to download a PDF […]

August 30, 2016

3.8 Our Most Successful Recovery Day Ever

The August issue of Cazenovia Recovery’s newsletter is all about this year’s Recovery Day. It was our best yet and it could not have been possible without our sponsors, staff, residents, and everyone who attended.   Click here to download a PDF of the August 2016 Cazenovia Compass or Sign up for our mailing list to […]

July 29, 2016

3.7 Growing Well-Being

In the heat of the summer, a couple of our programs are doing inspirational work with growing flower and vegetable gardens. The main article of this month’s newsletter focuses on their work. Recovery Day and the Wellness Committee’s Hydration Challenge are also discussed. And Alyssa Rockey, our Trauma Coordinator, has revamped the Trauma-Informed Corner. She […]

June 30, 2016

3.6 Redesigning Our Care

Our agency’s plans for the upcoming Medicaid Residential Redesign are the main focus of the June Cazenovia Compass. In the last month, staff members attended Governor Cuomo’s signing of the bill to combat the opioid epidemic. We also purchased a sponsorship for the Buffalo Zoo for our residents. Click here to download a PDF of […]

May 31, 2016

3.5 Intake Innovations

We recently centralized our intake process for our Community Residences and Intensive Residential Rehabilitations in Erie and Niagara Counties, and the May issue of the Cazenovia Compass discusses just that. Additionally, there are stories on our recent feature on Channel 4, Casa Di Vita and the Red Cross, and responses to our Just a Thought initiative. […]

April 29, 2016

3.4 Success in Housing

The April issue of the Cazenovia Compass features our Housing program. This program helps people in recovery from independent apartments in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. We’re also announcing this year’s Recovery Day, which will take place on Friday, August 26. Other stories discuss National Walk at Lunch Day and a grant we recently received from […]

March 31, 2016

3.3 Liberty Hall’s Newest Duo

March’s issue of the Cazenovia Compass features a great story about a resident at Liberty Hall who’s training a service dog for Veterans. We also discuss some Wellness Committee Challenges and recent agency developments in trauma-informed care from our leadership. Click here to download a PDF of the March 2016 Cazenovia Compass.

February 26, 2016

3.2 Our Responsive Maintenance Team

We have a very supportive, attentive, and knowledgeable maintenance team here at Cazenovia Recovery. Because of their constant hard work, we’re focusing the main article of this month’s Cazenovia Compass on them. The agency’s recent recognition from both Erie and Niagara Counties and peer support in trauma-informed care are also discussed. Click here to download a […]

January 29, 2016

3.1: Expanding Into Niagara County

January’s Cazenovia Compass is all about our expansion into Niagara County, a process that’s been months in the making. We are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished so far! Other stories discuss Pizza Hut donating to Madonna House and Administration’s dress-down donations. Click here to download a PDF of the January 2016 Cazenovia Compass. 

December 30, 2015

2.12 Our Vice President Keeps the Pace

December’s Cazenovia Compass highlights our Board Vice President, Dave Nelson. This issue also contains a couple holiday updates including winners of the agency-wide holiday door decorations contest. Congratulations to Cinda from Housing and Turning Point House for their spectacular decorations! Empowerment is the focus of this month’s Trauma-Informed Care Corner, as well. And congratulations to Alison […]

November 30, 2015

2.11 A Tribute to 23 Years of Dedication

In the November 2015 issue of the Cazenovia Compass, the main article features Al Halley, our Chief Operations Officer, who will be retiring at the end of this year. Additional stories include recognition of Cadence Square, a Veterans Day breakfast, and the newest installment of our continuing series, the “Trauma-Informed Care Corner.” Click here to […]

October 29, 2015

2.10 Great Changes and Graduations

Casa Di Vita’s uplifting changes are the focus of the October Cazenovia Compass. Lisa Johnston and the staff there have done a great job over the last few months and we’re all very proud of what they’re accomplishing. Quinclon Davis’s idea to wear purple to raise awareness for domestic violence is also covered, along with Cazenovia […]

September 30, 2015

2.9: Rain Can’t Stop Recovery Day

Recovery Day took place this month, and the resilience of the event in the face of some pretty uncooperative weather is the focus of our newsletter. Other stories include a graduation at Sundram Manor, an announcement of our upcoming Health Fair, and our continued focus on Trauma-Informed Care. Click here to download a PDF of […]

August 31, 2015

2.8: Meet Our Board President

John Anderson, the President of our Board of Directors, is featured in the main story of August’s Cazenovia Compass. The Recovery Day Art Show is also looking for submissions, Supportive Living held a picnic, and we released our 2014 Annual Report. We’re also continuing our “Trauma-Informed Care Corner” to  keep our employees informed on TIC practices. […]

July 30, 2015

2.7: Introducing Unity House

This month’s agency newsletter details the opening of Unity House, our newest community residence. Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff, the move from New Beginnings to Unity House went extremely smoothly, and we expect the same for Ivy House’s upcoming move. Other stories discuss our new Walking Challenge for agency employees and […]

June 30, 2015

2.6: Understanding the Impact of Trauma

The June issue of the Cazenovia Compass focuses on our transition to Trauma-Informed Care. The upcoming merger with Fellowship House, the Miss Buffalo cruise, and our current Hydration Challenge are also mentioned. Click here to download a PDF of the June 2015 Cazenovia Compass.

May 29, 2015

2.5: Mothers in Recovery

The May issue of the Cazenovia Compass discusses moms in recovery throughout our different programs. There are also short articles on Liberty Hall participating in the VA2K, Turning Point House’s Flag Dedication Ceremony for Memorial Day, and a short description of the Wellness Committee’s upcoming cruise on the Miss Buffalo. Click here to download a PDF […]

April 27, 2015

2.4: The Family at Ivy House

The April 2015 issue of the Cazenovia Compass features a primary article on Ivy House. Other articles focus on an announcement of Unity House, New Beginnings’ Easter Dinner, and new exercise equipment at Turning Point House. Click here to download a PDF of the April 2015 Cazenovia Compass.  

March 31, 2015

2.3: Motivation from the Vocational Program

The March 2015 issue of the Cazenovia Compass focuses on the Vocational program, which recently moved to share offices with our Supportive Living program at 605 Fillmore Avenue. Other articles discuss a training presented by Dr. Abiola on cultural diversity, a request for featured bloggers for our website, and a story about self-defense classes recently […]

February 27, 2015

2.2: Upcoming Agency Transitions

The February 2015 issue of the Cazenovia Compass discusses the upcoming transitions we are anticipating throughout 2015, including the closure of Visions Place in the summer and combining New Beginnings and Ivy House shortly after. There are also smaller stories on a contest to name our new program, updating contact information for recent and upcoming […]

February 4, 2015

1.12: Inspiration at New Beginnings

The January issue of the Cazenovia Compass focuses on the inspirational work of New Beginnings. There are also stories on the construction at 605 Fillmore / Supportive Living’s and Vocational’s new office, a Save the Date reminder for this year’s Recovery Day, and more. Click here to view the PDF version.

January 2, 2015

1.11: Cazenovia Recovery’s Year in Review

Since this was quite the positive and busy year for Cazenovia Recovery, the main article of the December issue of our newsletter is a review of the agency’s 2014.  From acquiring other agencies’ programs to opening new ones of our own, this certainly was a year of growth for Cazenovia Recovery. We also contributed to the […]

November 28, 2014

1.10: Strong Throughout Snowvember

Cazenovia Recovery stayed Strong Throughout Snowvember, and since our agency responded to Snowvember in such inspiring ways, the main article of November’s Cazenovia Compass focuses on the hard work and dedication of our employees. Those who helped out throughout the storm are greatly appreciated. Other stories describe the Housing department’s Turkey Giveaway, notification about the […]

October 31, 2014

1.9: Turning Point House

In the October issue of the Cazenovia Compass, our main article is all about the great work Turning Point House does. This issue also contains stories on Vocational Group graduates transitioning to the new Job Club, Supportive Living residents decorating their apartment in the spirit of Halloween, a Poetry Collection the agency will be featuring, […]

September 29, 2014

1.8 Recovery Day: A Community Celebration

The September issue of the Cazenovia Compass focuses primarily on our Recovery Day event. The main article describes the event in detail, while the other articles focus on the Art Show, the Recovery Day Races, and more. Thank you again to everyone who contributed to this year’s Recovery Day! Click here to view the PDF […]

August 29, 2014

1.7: Our Residents Pursue Educational Goals

This is August issue of the Cazenovia Compass. Since it’s the back-to-school season, the main article focuses on our residents continuing their education. Other stories include information on the upcoming Recovery Day Art Show, our agency becoming certified in the use of Naloxone, the work of our Maintenance Team, and more.   Click here to […]

July 30, 2014

1.6: A Step Toward Independence

The focus of the main article in our July newsletter is our Supportive Living program. Other articles discuss events happening throughout the agency, along with some canine mascots at Cazenovia Manor, our oldest program. Click here to download and view the PDF version.

July 16, 2014

1.5: Building Futures Through Volunteering

For the month of June, the main article of our newsletter focuses on the efforts our staff, residents, and supporters take to contribute to our community through volunteering. Our brand-new website launch is also mentioned, along with the start of a new internal program for our staff entitled “Cazenovia Creators and Catchers.” Click here to […]

July 16, 2014

1.4: Our Services for Veterans

In honor of Memorial Day, our May newsletter focuses on the services our agency provides for veterans. Liberty Hall, located on the grounds of the VA in Batavia, is our community residence designed specifically for veterans. Cazenovia Recovery also helped to develop Cadence Square in partnership with FLACRA. This is another program created for veterans […]

July 16, 2014

1.3: A New Program Director for Visions Place

This newsletter focuses on Briana Petersdorf, CASAC, the new Program Director for Visions Place, which is our program for people in recovery from substance abuse and mental illness. Articles also feature information on holistic therapies offered throughout our agency, community event reminders, and more.   Click here to download and view the PDF version.

July 16, 2014

1.2: Cazenovia Manor Welcomes Senator Boyle

In our second agency newsletter, we discuss a visit our oldest program, Cazenovia Manor, had from New York State Senator Boyle.  Community Event encouragement is also included for the Hands Across Buffalo, Compeer Greater Buffalo Wellness Event, along with other information.   Click here to download and view the PDF version.

July 16, 2014

1.1: Our Service Capacity Expands

Our first agency newsletter (Click here for the PDF version) contains stories on new programs formerly operated by Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services, Cadence Square, a reminder about our upcoming Recovery Day event, and more.

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