2001 – A group of peers met in an Albuquerque living room, looking for support in a friendly and safe place away from the clinical setting. These informal meetings developed into Jeff Revel's Albuquerque Drop-In Center (ADIC).
2002 – ADIC becomes an environment of recovery by providing peer support through Certified Peer Support Workers. Small groups are developed to encourage recovery and continued involvement.
2010 – Based on the needs of the community, Albuquerque Drop-In Center transitions into the Albuquerque Center for Hope & Recovery (ACHR). ACHR also receives approval to become an Employment Network with the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program and begins working with Division for Vocational Rehabilitation.
2012 - ACHR was awarded a grant through SAMHSA to bring Healthcare Reform education to New Mexico consumers of behavioral health services by facilitating the 1st New Mexico Behavioral Health Fair in Albuquerque.
2014- ACHR is again awarded a grant through SAMHSA, bringing the New Mexico Behavioral Health Fair as a regular annual event. A partnership with St. Martin's Hospitality Center allows for AHCR to share a great space and offer collaborative services to St. Martin's clients.
2015 - Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement mini-grant allows ACHR to offer Employment Empowerment Job Clubs on a regular basis.
2016- Albuquerque Community Foundation grant brings on two new staff to the ACHR family.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen begin offering peer support and clinical behavioral health services to ACHR clients.
ACHR moves to it's own space to accommodate the many new wonderful clients joining us each day. Come see us at 913 2nd St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Molina and UnitedHealth Care begin offering Valued Added Services to members through ACHR.
2017 - ACHR welcomes Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM clients in addition to those being served by UnitedHealthcare and Molina.
Addict2Athlete finds a New Mexico home at ACHR. This great program has already seen success in recovery and community support. Come by the center to get more information.
2019 - ACHR partners with Bernalillo County and the Behavioral Health Initiative to offer Peer Support at the Westside Community Center in the South Valley and on the West Side at the Central & Unser Library.
Johnny Armijo, CPSW, A2A Lead
"Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, I had a great upbringing and attended St. Michael’s Catholic High School. Shortly after graduating I was introduced to alcohol and it was all downhill from there. With just under 10 years of alcohol abuse, mental health issues and 2 DWI’s I decided enough was enough. I needed to take action and make the change for a better life. Through hard work, dedication, and unconditional support I now have just under 2 years of sobriety. I am proud to start this new journey as a Peer Support Worker with ACHR."
Donato Velasco, PSW, A2A
Evan Voth, CPSW, Associate Director
Mikayla Truijillo-Baxter, CPSW,
Mikayla has strong Albuquerque roots and has been with Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery for over a year as a CPSW and Job Developer. She finds meaning in assisting those encountering employment barriers for numerous reasons. She is passionate about encouraging recovery and instilling a new sense of hope in our community members. Mikayla also closely relates to those in recovery for both mental health and substance use as well as returning citizens.
As a peer in recovery, Evan has experienced the discrimination of those working through substance use disorders, mental health issues
and homelessness and has focused his career on developing leaders in the community and advocating for those in recovery through
education, peer support and workforce development. Evan appreciates opportunities to serve on advisory groups, provide direct service as a Certified Peer Support Worker and strives each and every day to pay back those who supported him on his recovery journey.
Catherine Trujillo is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico who earned her BA in Psychology from UNM. Trujillo is a Business Consultant with SER Jobs for Progress, Inc. who specializes in workforce development as a liaison between employers, employees, and job seekers to help lower Albuquerque’s unemployment rate, increase job retention and promote economic development. In addition to serving on the Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery Board, she also serves as the Vice President of the Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association and also serves as a Board Member for the Domestic Violence Relief Fund.
Ms. Trujillo brings great insight to the ACHR Board of Directors and is an up and coming community leader. We are blessed to have her guiding our Board and look forward to great things to come.
"I’ve been with A2A for just under 3 years, and it has totally changed my life. I’ve used drugs and alcohol for a number of years and have tried a number of programs, nothing has worked. I’ve even done programs while I was in prison, still nothing. I was introduced to the Addict 2 Athlete program after a DWI and it just clicked for me. I participated in the 8-week curriculum driven class, and the workouts that totally kicked my a##. It is exactly what I needed to put me on a successful road to my sobriety. I have 2 years of sobriety and now employed by Albuquerque Center of Hope and Recovery as a Peer Support Worker. Now able to coach the A2A program that saved my life. If I could do it anyone can do it." #BEASTMODE
A 27-year resident of New Mexico, born in Colorado to a family of 7 children, Annette managed to avoid substance use but battled depression most of her life. Her sensitivity to the human emotion adds to her own attempt to emotional wellbeing. Since childhood, Annette had an interest in psychology and social service issues for those unable to fight for themselves. She worked in social services in Long Term Care facilities and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate in New Mexico Children's Court.
A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nearly 18 years ago, Albuquerque Drop In Center came to be through the efforts of a group of individuals looking for non-institutional support. Through the years ADIC became Albuquerque Center for Hope & Recovery, but despite the many changes, our mission holds true: Providing peer support in a safe environment, focusing on Hope, Humor and Personal Responsibility. I am proud to have the opportunity to lead ACHR into the future, and look forward to your support and success!
Maxine Henry, MSW, MBA
NETWORKS + ASSOCIATIONS + COLLABORATIONS
New Mexico Ticket Partners
New Mexico Returning Citizen's Coalition
NM Job Developer Network
NAMI STAR Center
Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Initiative