About CRCC:


Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC) is a (501©3) organization with the purpose of providing recovery support services to individuals in or seeking recovery from alcohol, other drugs, and mental illness. We are a peer driven and peer led Recovery Support Organization. We will strive to make a difference in people's lives by increasing public awareness of alcohol and drug dependency and mental health services.


Our Mission: 

CRCC will educate communities in the metro Chicago-Land area about the nature of addiction, recovery, and mental illness. CRCC will reduce stigma associated with addiction while giving back to the community and building relationships with diverse populations. CRCC will help individuals access and sustain long-term recovery.


Our Vision:

CRCC works to improve the greater Chicago area by helping those seeking or in recovery to reduce stigma associated with addiction by supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery. Chicago Recovery Communities Coalition organizes the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends, and allies) to:

  • Put a face on recovery
  • Provide recovery support services 

By promoting recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction and mental illness through advocacy, education, and service,CRCC strives to end discrimination surrounding addiction recovery and mental illness, open new doors, and remove barriers to recovery, maintain and sustain long-term recovery regardless of the pathway, all while ensuring that all people in recovery and people seeking recovery are treated with dignity and respect.

 John and Dora Wright are the founders of Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition.


They have combined over 37 years working in the field and both have over 45 years lived experiences.


 Dora has eleven years of experience setting up and managing Residential Extended Care Facilities/Recovery Homes in the public and private sectors. She is the current President of the Illinois Association of Extended Care, Certified Property Manager, is on the Executive Board of the Illinois Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), and is a Board Member of the National Association of Recovery Residences.


She has served as a guest lecturer at Aurora College, and an instructor at the Haymarket Center. Ms. Dantzler-Wright has a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration and is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC), and National Certified Recovery Specialist (NCRS). She currently serves as Director of The Women’s Treatment Center Recovery Home and Outpatient Programs.


Mr. Wright is also a current member of (IAEC) Illinois Association of Extended Care, and possesses a credential National Certified Recovery Specialist (NCRS) certificate and also holds a Recovery Coach certificate through Governor State University.