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 Dantzler-Wright is the Executive Director of Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition.
She is a person in long term recovery 30years from SUD and mental illness. She works as a private consultant to Recovery Residences in the State of Illinois and a longtime advocate to put a face on recovery and organize the Recovery community. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity College and University in 2003. She is currently licensed in the State of Illinois as a CADC-Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, NCRS- National Certified Recovery Specialist, CPRS- Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. She is a current Board Member of Illinois Association of Extended Care and Polished Nail School & Boutique. Her work includes 20 years’ experience starting in 1989 at Mt Sinai Hospital/Compcare Programs. She had worked extensively with women and children in residential inpatient, Project Safe with women in early recovery to help improve outcomes and reunify with their children in Recovery. She served on the Board of NARR National Alliance of Recovery Residences from 2016-2018. She was a member of the 1st ROSC Committee under the leadership of Theodora -Binion Taylor. She was a guest lecturer at Aurora College- Drugs and the Human Behavior in 2011. Past class Instructor at Haymarket Center for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors in 2015-2017. She is a recovery coach and advocate in the state of Illinois.


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.