The History of FOR-DO
Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties Inc. (FOR-DO) was founded in 2001 by a group of local individuals who recognized the gaps in services, the stigma and discrimination that affects individuals in recovery. In an effort to address these issues, FOR-DO was officially incorporated as a 501 c(3) not for profit corporation in 2004 with a mission of promoting addiction recovery through every available means, including providing education, advocacy and peer supports at community recovery centers. FOR-DO opened the first community recovery center at 22 Elm Street in Oneonta, New York in 2007 and utilized volunteers and donations to offer services on a limited basis and continued in this manner until 2010. During that year, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) awarded FOR-DO the funds needed to support the recovery center, named The Turning Point, which allowed us to hire three full time staff members. In 2011, we were able to open a second recovery center at 167 Main Street in Delhi, New York. In 2016, New York State saw a large upshift take place within state government due to the help of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez (OASAS Commissioner) in the funding made available to Recovery Community Organizations throughout New York State, such as FOR-DO. As a result, Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties Inc. was given the designation of being a Recovery Community and Outreach Center (RCOC) and is now positioned to offer a host of additional services and programs. FOR-DO now offers two Youth initiatives as well. The Clubhouse Project is aimed at providing sober and safe activities for teens 12 to 17 years of age. Club Odyssey provides a place to belong for young adults from the ages of 18 to 21 who are excited about living substance free. Both programs were established in 2016 and will continue to grow as we move towards the future. 2017 will no doubt prove to be an exciting year for FOR-DO as we will be offering a continuous stream of new programs, services and workshops geared towards supporting the recovery community in Delaware and Otsego counties. All of our work supports our vision of a world where recovery from addictions is supported and celebrated as a common reality.