Colleen Fry Promoted to Oversee All Alumni Activities

Colleen Fry has been named Rosecrance’s Director of Alumni Relations. Formerly one of Rosecrance’s alumni coordinators, Fry will guide the Alumni Relations team, which establishes relationships with clients and families throughout treatment and recovery. Once clients leave treatment, Alumni Relations works to ensure they stay connected to Rosecrance through recovery support groups, newsletters, workshops, reunions, … Continued

“Step Dancing through the 12 Steps of Recovery” by Fr. Jim Swarthout

Fr. Jim Swarthout is Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations for Rosecrance Health Network. Read his reflections on the 12 steps in the blog post below. Also, feel free to download the following PDFs: Invitational Intervention Step Dancing through the 12 Steps You Can’t Live on Yesterday’s Manna   We admitted we were powerless over … Continued

Bringing the 12 Steps of Spiritual Recovery into Everyday Life

by Father Jim Swarthout, Director of Alumni and Clergy Services The greatest gift you can give yourself, your family, and friends during the holidays is recovery The holidays can bring up all types of emotions, sometimes we miss our family and friends, sometimes we aren’t sure how to act around them, and other times we … Continued

‘Softening Ground’ from Fr. Jim Swarthout

For those of us who celebrate recovery with families this Easter in the northern hemisphere, we are blessed to have abundant symbols of recovery and rebirth all around us. For me, though, there is one sign in nature that is the most meaningful indicator of new life this time of year, one that is probably … Continued

Rosecrance hires new Alumni Coordinator

Paul Gilmet recently joined the Rosecrance team as its Alumni Coordinator. Paul will work closely with Fr. Jim Swarthout in developing a new and robust menu of alumni services. Paul graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He joins the team with a strong background in developing alumni … Continued

Fr. Jim’s “Rosecrance Ripple Effect of Recovery”

What’s the ripple effect? It’s the effect we have on family & friends because of what we do or say, and how “Life’s Waiting” each moment of our lives! “Life’s Waiting” is our tag line. It invites us and our clients to believe in a new vision of the future. But, if you were asked … Continued

Rosecrance Alumni Reflection: Jam Alker

by Jam Alker Addiction will sever connections to everything the addict loves, and that was certainly true in my case. I lost my connection to music during my years out there, so I don’t know what made me decide to bring my guitar with me when I finally went into treatment. I didn’t know, but … Continued

SoulCycle Northshore supports recovery

SoulCycle Northshore recently held a charity ride for Rosecrance as part of Red Ribbon Week. Rosecrance’s Alumni Coordinator Paul Gilmet and Director of Outreach Mary Egan joined in on the class, as the instructor Joshua brought a powerful message of hope and inspiration to the riders. Thanks to SoulCycle’s support of those in recovery!

Rosecrance recovery stories shared at alumni picnic

Over fifty Rosecrance alumni, family members and staff gathered at Southwest Community Park in Rockford on August 10 for an alumni picnic. Current and former clients shared stories of recovery while attendees enjoyed a meal together. Rosecrance Recovery Home Specialist Denise Johnson spoke about the importance of alumni events: “This is our first annual alumni … Continued