RECENTER IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TO HELP INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PREDOMINATELY HOMELESS RECOVER FROM ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ADDICTION IN ORDER TO LEAD MORE PRODUCTIVE LIVES.
WHO WE ARE
RECENTER IS A NONPROFIT STRIVING TO AID PREDOMINATELY HOMELESS MEN AND WOMEN WITH ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTIONS THROUGH SERVICES AND PROGRAMS IN HOUSTON. SUBSTANCE ADDICTION IS A LARGELY MISUNDERSTOOD PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM; THE SOLUTION IS PEER SUPPORT, STRUCTURE, AND ACCOUNTABILITY. RECENTER EQUIPS PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION WITH THE TOOLS TO REBUILD AND RECLAIM THEIR LIVES.
WHAT WE DO
We assist in creating healthy lifestyles by establishing productive habits and routines, including obtaining gainful employment, volunteering in the community, and paying monthly rent.
We support those in recovery through ongoing programs, case management and services including hosting of open Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous meetings.
We provide onsite housing and meals for men and women recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction, offering an affordable alternative for those wishing to re-enter society as productive citizens.
WHY WE WORK
We know that environment plays a part in recovery, and our newly renovated and redesigned facilities are ideal for supporting residents through this process. We offer on-campus living, a structured and comfortable place to call home for residents while they recover from their chemical dependency. We also offer non-medical detox, in a supportive, serene atmosphere during the first few days of recovery.
The addiction is not the person. One piece at a time, we work with residents to learn the tools and skills necessary to rebuild their self-confidence and sense of self, torn down by addiction. Repairing relationships with families, friends, employers, and society becomes possible through group meetings led by those who have who have seasoned recovery. We take a holistic approach to healing, focusing on the mind as well as the body. We walk side by side with residents to restore a life truly worth living.
There is life beyond addiction. We support residents in rebuilding independence through employment. We help residents find jobs and work with them to develop the skills and habits they need to maintain their success. Through this encouragement and care, we help residents find a balanced, hopeful, and sober life.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ANDREW J. MARTIN - RECENTER CHAIR
CEO Chairman of Challenge Group International, LLC
Andy is Chairman of Challenge Group International, LLC, a family office investment holding company with interests in a variety of industries including energy, media, real estate and environmental services with operations spanning from New Mexico to Florida. He has been a resident and active member of the Houston community for over 64 years and has served on several 501(c)(3) non profit boards for local foundations, charities and educational organizations. Martin has served with those boards in many capacities including fundraising, public relations & special event management, corporate governance as well as audit and financial compliance. He has been on the recenter board for over seven years having served as committee chair on several of same and is in his second year term as our Chair.
ALAN G. WOODBURY - RECENTER VICE CHAIR
OWNER AT ALAN G. WOODBURY, CPA
Alan Woodbury, CPA, graduated form Rice University in 1965 and started his public accounting career with an international accounting firm. He specialized in computer auditing for small and medium sized banks. Over the years, Woodbury has worked as CFO for companies across various industries, including oil, construction, and community service. For the past fifteen years, Woodbury has run his own accounting firm while simultaneously bringing his CFO knowledge and experience to entrepreneurs.
STEVEN BRINKMAN – RECENTER CEO
Steven Brinkman is the CEO of recenter. His affiliation with The Men’s Center program began in the spring of 2006 when he was hired as a Resident Manager. Steven’s passion is to actively engage the program population, building trust by meeting them at ground-level. He brings a research background in the fields of Biology and Psychology.
SAMANTHA ALM - PROGRAM & GRANTS MANAGER
RECENTER’S PROGRAM & GRANTS MANAGER
Samantha Alm is the Program & Grants Manager for recenter Houston. She is an ethical, driven individual who advocates for the homeless population in the Greater Houston Area. Samantha was one of the first to participate in the recenterHouston women’s program in 2015 and has become its major designer and implementer.
Ms. Alm is devoted to recenter’s mission and is passionate about helping others live their lives to the fullest. As a woman in Recovery Ms. Alm brings a genuine understanding of the community’s needs. She continues to strive to do her best and has demonstrated her dedication, professionalism, and passion for her work. Ms. Alm’s professional growth continues to flourish as she works toward her Bachelor’s in Social Work.
JACOB SWAIN - RECENTER DIRECTOR
Jacob Swain is the President and CEO of BBB Tank Services, which provides construction and repair services for the aboveground storage tank industry. He received his Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston. Jacob is a veteran of the United States Air Force and is currently working on his MBA at Rice University.
BERNARD L. HEBINCK - RECENTER DIRECTOR
PARTNER AT HEBINCK AND ALTER
Burney Hebinck is the senior partner in the law firm of Hebinck & Alter. He has practiced law for 54 years, including three years as a Judge Advocate on active duty with the United States Air Force. Hebinck served for 28 years as an Air Force reservist, retiring in 1993 as a colonel. Hebinck serves as a board member and legal counsel for St. Dominic Village, Weather Research Center, and Reva’s Petting Zoo, all of which are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.
MENDE SNODGRESS, JD LCSW - RECENTER DIRECTOR
ASSISTANT DEPUTY AT MHMRA OF HARRIS COUNTY
Mende Snodgress is a licensed social clinical worker who works as an assistant deputy in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program of the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County. Snodgress is responsible for residential and counseling programs in her division. She works daily with the homeless, mentally ill individuals who have co-occurring substance use disorders. She also describes herself as a “fully recovered lawyer” who was involved in the creation of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program.
PAULA MARSH - RECENTER DIRECTOR
SENIOR ANALYST – SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL
Paula Marsh is a Senior Analyst, compensation and Benefits/ Total Rewards with the Human Resources Department of Service Corporation International. An MBA, Ms. Marsh works as a strategy analyst building programs and processes for human capital development, workforce solutions, and employee engagement.
Paula also dedicates a substantial portion of her time to serving in the community as a life coach for young women, advisor for young professionals, and an advocate for abused children.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT KIND OF PROGRAM IS RECENTER?
ARE YOU A HOMELESS SHELTER?
DO YOU PROVIDE DETOX?
DO I HAVE TO BE AN ALCOHOLIC OR ADDICT TO BE IN THE PROGRAM?
DO YOU PROVIDE SERVICES FOR WOMEN?
DO YOU TAKE SEX OFFENDERS?
DO YOU TAKE PERSONS ON PROBATION OR PAROLE?
HOW MUCH DOES PROGRAM ENROLLMENT COST?
recenter works with every new person during admission to determine the appropriate housing need based on their projected participation in the program. We make every effort to assure each person is afforded the time necessary to begin their new life in recovery. Depending on the needs of the individual, the enrollment fees range from $360.00 to $900.00 per month. recenter accepts vouchers and other subsidies toward the payment of program fees.