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Our Story

We were founded as the Westside Women’s Center in 1986. Our purpose was to be a welcoming space for women on the near Westside of Cleveland to find support and assistance. A group of social service agencies came together to offer services in one space convenient for women. Each agency provided specific programming and held a seat on the Board. We were the first in Cleveland to offer bilingual HIV counseling services. Since the beginning, we have focused on the specific needs of women and a front runner for gender-specific services in Cleveland.

Today, we are dedicated to addressing the needs of women affected by substance use disorder and trauma. Our team provides opportunities for women and their families to take control over their lives – physically, emotionally, and economically.

Treating addiction, liberating lives.

Who We Help

  • We serve women (non-men) 18 years or older with SUD
  • Most reside in Cuyahoga County
  • 85% have been mandated to seek treatment
  • Majority are single household heads with an average of two children
  • Over 90% meet Federal poverty standards
  • Over 90% of our clients have experienced trauma

We Help Our Clients Get Their Life Back

Our team believes our clients are not defined by their substance abuse. Instead, we are committed to empowering them to have a complete and healthy life.

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  • Mother/Parent
  • Grandparent
  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Partner
  • Aunt
  • Sibling
  • Friend

We strive to have an open environment inclusive of cis and trans women, as well as
non-binary people comfortable in a space centered around the experiences of women.

We View Our Clients as Individuals

  • By building an honest relationship and trust
  • Addressing trauma is a critical part of our success rate
  • Looking beyond the addiction to the whole person
  • Customizing each program to meet the individual’s needs

Our Treatment Approach

  • Initial screening
  • Intake and assessment processes
  • Development of an Individual Treatment Plan
  • Case management/completion of needs assessment
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
  • Outpatient Relapse Prevention/Parenting Education
  • Outpatient Aftercare
  • Discharge Planning
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We Support a Complete and Healthy Life

  • Case Management
  • Childcare Services
  • Parenting Classes
  • Onsite Health Education
  • Clothing Closet & Donations
  • Nutrition
  • Legal Support
  • Transportation/Bus Passes

We Make an Impact

Listen to What Our Partners are Saying

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Listen to What Our Partners are Saying

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We Help Our Clients Recover

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Key Partners

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We Are Committed

Our Working Board Supports Us Everyday

“I am very proud to serve on the Women's Recovery Center's Board. The fight against substance use disorder is very near to my heart and I have seen the impact first hand that it has on people and families. Substance use is devastating on so many levels and impacts everyone around the user. Women have such unique needs in this area, especially women who have families that depend on them. Part of what drew me to WRC was the focus on those unique needs of women and removing the barriers that get in the way of recovery.”

Mary Kimberly

Grand Rounds

“Why are we a trusted partner in the fight against SUD? Because the Women's Recovery Center serves clients irrespective of their ability to pay and, better yet, its counsel is organized operationally to engage clients within 24 hours of any plea for help.”

Jim Kenny

Evergreen Business Communications

“The Women's Recovery Center is a very necessary and specific community of healing on the Near West Side of Cleveland. All recovery is important, but gender specific treatment for women, often single mothers, is critical for the health of our most vulnerable population. I have served on the Board of Trustees for over 5 years, and continue to support the organization because of the excellent, caring staff, the robust volunteer network, and the supportive, active Board. Reach out to us, and see how you can help women recover!"

Mark Schroeder

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“I am very proud to serve on the Women's Recovery Center's Board. The fight against substance use disorder is very near to my heart and I have seen the impact first hand that it has on people and families. Substance use is devastating on so many levels and impacts everyone around the user. Women have such unique needs in this area, especially women who have families that depend on them. Part of what drew me to WRC was the focus on those unique needs of women and removing the barriers that get in the way of recovery.”

Mary Kimberly

Grand Rounds

“Why are we a trusted partner in the fight against SUD? Because the Women's Recovery Center serves clients irrespective of their ability to pay and, better yet, its counsel is organized operationally to engage clients within 24 hours of any plea for help.”

Jim Kenny

Evergreen Business Communications

“The Women's Recovery Center is a very necessary and specific community of healing on the Near West Side of Cleveland. All recovery is important, but gender specific treatment for women, often single mothers, is critical for the health of our most vulnerable population. I have served on the Board of Trustees for over 5 years, and continue to support the organization because of the excellent, caring staff, the robust volunteer network, and the supportive, active Board. Reach out to us, and see how you can help women recover!"

Mark Schroeder

myDr1ver

Rob Hanna, board member, and Lisa & David O’Brien, Capital Campaign co-chairs
Rob Hanna, board member, and Lisa & David O’Brien, Capital Campaign co-chairs

Why I believe In Women’s Recovery Center

Ashley Yassall – Executive Director

  • We have a team who prides itself on exceptional service to our clients. Our clinical staff is committed to empowering women and families to address, overcome, and take control of addiction.
  • The Women’s Recovery Center is unique - we are a safe space where women and their families are served by a non-male administrative and clinical staff. This does not count our awesome security guard, Al Gandarilla, who keeps our building safe day in and day out.
  • With 30 years of success in battling substance abuse, we understand the issues our clients face, help them eliminate barriers, and create the tools necessary for sobriety.
  • I strongly support the mission of the Women’s Recovery Center.

Why I believe In Women’s Recovery Center

Ashley Yassall – Executive Director

  • We have a team who prides itself on exceptional service to our clients. Our clinical staff is committed to empowering women and families to address, overcome, and take control of addiction.
  • The Women’s Recovery Center is unique - we are a safe space where women and their families are served by a non-male administrative and clinical staff. This does not count our awesome security guard, Al Gandarilla, who keeps our building safe day in and day out.
  • With 30 years of success in battling substance abuse, we understand the issues our clients face, help them eliminate barriers, and create the tools necessary for sobriety.
  • I strongly support the mission of the Women’s Recovery Center.

Stacey Reid - President, Board of Directors

I am a grateful Board of Directors member for the WRC. I am a child of an alcoholic. I’m a daughter, stepdaughter, sister, niece, wife, and friend to recovering addicts and alcoholics.

The great thing about the Women’s Recovery Center is that we cater to women and their children. Our trauma-informed treatment is top-notch and we hone in on specific issues to women. We are removing barriers to seeking treatment with childcare, accessibility. Addiction seeks havoc and I’m grateful we can help so many families in need.

We are committed to empowering our clients to have a complete and healthy life.

Pamela Bouyer – Clinical Director

Women’s Recovery Center provides hope through the depths of trauma. I strongly believe in our gender-specific and trauma-informed treatment for women and their families.

Our success stories prove that treatment works when you have the support and the right services in place.

We Are Ready to Grow!

Our new building and staffing model mean we can now serve 120 women at a time!

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We Love Referrals

As a referral entity, we are engaging in a partnership with clients that
you refer to us. We understand that you are invested in the success
of each client and anticipate seeing results that include:

  • A commitment to sobriety
  • Planning for educational advancement
  • Economic self-sufficiency
  • Reunification of families
  • Reduction of the recidivism rates
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The Women’s Recovery Center is Prepared to Serve as a Vital Member of Your Referral System.

Here are the ways that we can work together to achieve these outcomes:

  • The Center has a streamlined referral process. The referral form can be printed and signed by the client and faxed or emailed to the Center.
  • The Assessment Counselors will then call the client to provide a telephone screening or face-to-face to ensure that the Women’s Recovery Center offers the appropriate level of care.
  • Referral entities receive regular treatment reports and results of urinalysis screenings as needed for Drug Courts or Custody Hearings.
  • The Clinical Team will invite referral entities to participate in team meetings or discussions to keep the client engaged.

The Women’s Recovery Center has over 30 years of experience in providing gender specific addiction treatment for women and their families that is trauma integrated.

For women, addiction often results from a history of a single or multiple traumatic event. Often, women view alcohol and drugs as a tool to self-medicate to simply feel normal.

Offering specific treatment for women, encourages each client to promote an individualized course of treatment.