In 2004, CCFC assisted the Missouri Department of Mental Health in securing a $22.8 million Access to Recovery (ATR) grant from SAMHSA. It became the liaison for the state for the faith-based component of ATR. Through the efforts of Sular Gordon, CCFC recruited, trained, and credentialed over 100 Missouri faith organizations that provide recovery support services. ATR provided substance abuse clients with vouchers for treatment and recovery support services. For the first time, treatment options were expanded to include faith-based providers.
On May 7, 2008, CCFC was honored with Focus St. Louis’ What’s Right with the Region Award for its innovation in involving the faith community in substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery support.
On December 9, 2008, CCFC was invited to speak at the White House as part of a national panel on building the capacity of faith-based organizations to address social service issues.
B-4-Boys (Substance Abuse Prevention & Mental Health Project for African American Boys)
CCFC received an $110,783 grant from the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund to develop an intergenerational community-based substance abuse prevention and mental health counseling project for African American boys ages 8 to 16 years called B-4-Boys (Building Bonds Between Boys and Men). The project is designed to lessen the effects of racial disparities and foster resilience by protecting, guiding, and directing African American boys. B-4-Boys is patterned after MIMH’s award-winning 11-year-old Girls Holla Back! Program. It will engage mentors from the faith community and other organizations.
In an effort to re-convene St. Louis’ faith-based recovery support providers, CCFC and Faith Miracle Temple’s Delivered to Make a Difference substance abuse ministry called a meeting and laid the groundwork for what is now known as Universal Advocates. Universal Advocates is a network of not-for-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals who are committed to advocating for holistic recovery to build healthy communities. Some of the Access to Recovery providers are among the participants.