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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Cenikor. A Place for Change. Providing a Foundation for Better Health and Better Lives.

Target demographics: those struggling with substance abuse.

Geographic areas served: Texas and Louisiana

Programs: Cenikor is committed to helping people deal with behavioral health issues and addictions by providing a full continuum of care. Cenikor has a variety of programs including short-term and long-term inpatient programs, detoxification, outpatient and intensive outpatient services. Cenikor also provides adolescent short-term inpatient treatment, outpatient and intensive outpatient care. Cenikor Foundation is one of the oldest and most successful substance abuse treatment centers in the nation with services throughout Texas and Louisiana. Since 1967, Cenikor has expanded to assist approximately 1,000 people a week achieve better health and better lives.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Cenikor the counselors, the staff and the kitchen. Cenikor is a comfortable home away from home for a short period of time with others just like ourselves while we re evaaluate our lives. I'm on 193 days clean and I'm so glad I chose Cenikor.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Cenikor for saving my son's life. 30 months later and is leaving Cenikor as a resident, employee and now heading to a rehab as a counselor. I will always sing your praises and hope you don't change too much. The old way worked for my son when nothing else would.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank everyone at Cenikor. I was at the Cenikor IPTC in Dayton Texas and it completely changed my life. I was one of the first 15 to open the program and it's been 6 years since my release and I'm still clean and sober.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cenikor has changed my life in many different ways. I am grateful for the opportunity and the tools that Cenikor gave me to cope with the challenges of life. It was never an easy accomplishment, but without the struggle their is no growth. To this day, Cenikor continues to have an positive impact on my life.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cenikor is the greatest life changing oppurtinity I have ever encountered. I have been through many other programs searching for the one that would tackle sever addiction, this program is geared to individualize what the person needs to overcome what they are struggling with at the same time offering education, job skills, and complete transformation. I know first hand, I've been a changed person for many years now thanks to going through the program and graduating in 1998. I have seen many changes over these last 18+ years that makes the program even more valuble to communities and lives that want true change.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Last year, I attended their golf tournament in Houston. To hear the stories from some of the alumni and families that have been impacted by Cenikor is amazing. You would never think that some of these individuals have been through so many years of substance abuse. It's incredible to hear that an organization has given these people the chance to start new and get a chance to mend the burned bridges, gain trust in their family members, get their confidence in themselves back. This organization is truly helping save lives and get people back on track to be productive citizens.

1 Eugene H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cenikor Foundation gave me an opportunity to change my life, for the rest of my life. Cenikor offers a holistic approach to treatment services and offers an individual an opportunity to become responsible and independent. As a Graduate of this program I am truly grateful for that GOD allowed them to reach and teach me about my behaviors. Cenikor invested in my life and now I am investing in the lives of others in the same capacity. You can do recovery by yourself but you can't do it alone. With the help and encouragement I received from Cenikor, I have regained my self-esteem, confidence, integrity, moral judgement, values, positive peer support, independence, family, an awesome career and most of all GOD!

Thanks Cenikor, I could never repay you, what is owed for the return of my life!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I referred a friend to Cenikor after she had completed several other treatment programs and those did not work for her. Cenikor worked!! She is now sober and back to work, rebuilding her life and relationships.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

After living in my addiction for 20 years I entered the Cenikor program in Ft. Worth, TX. I had convinced myself that I was destined to live the awful life that I had been living. Cenikor's program saved my life! I am now clean and have been for almost 4 years. I am a happy, healthy, thriving man that has a new outlook on life. Cenikor is truly a God send, to me, and many others. Kudos to Cenikor and all of the life changing programming and services they offer.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cenikor is an amazing organization. I was in an awful cycle of drug abuse, incarceration, and diminishing will to live. After only a few months in the program, my zeal for life and physical and mental health began to return. The program is founded on principals that are simple and timeless. I am now a staff member and every day of work is a joy.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cenikor is an amazing organization! I was first asked to join the advisory board for the Deer Park, Texas facility in 2004 by a co-worker that was retiring and wanted to fill his position on the board. Since that time I have seen many lives transformed from what would be described as a "no chance of survival" to being a truly productive citizen and functioning extremely well in and contributing to our society.
Cenikor is truly a place for change. If the individual that has made a few bad choices wants to turn their life around, stay out of trouble, make amends with family and friends and live a successful life that no longer includes addiction, Cenikor can and will help them.
One of the things that really amazed me was my first board meeting. As we introduced ourselves, many of the board members, who were currently successful businessmen, were former residents at Cenikor. Many of the employees at Cenikor are former residents, only testifying more that Cenikor is truly a place that can change lives.

Keith25

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cenikor Foundation provides drug rehabilitation services. I have been donating to Cenikor Foundation since 1998. The foundation changes the lives of those individuals who have made poor choices, but desire to overcome those choices to become responsible and productive citizens free of substance abuse. The success rate for the foundation's rehabilitated graduates is unparalleled.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work with a Cenikor graduate and she is one of the best people I know. I believe the service this organization provides is invaluable to those people who want to have a better life but don't know where to begin. The staff and facilities are wonderful and I am sure our neighborhood benefits greatly by having Cenikor around to give hope to those who temporarily misplaced it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second chances do not come very often in life. I mean like real second chances; second chances to be a better person, to do better things and have a better life. Most addicts, my self included, allow themselves to settle for less than what they are worth because they don't believe they deserve more. Cenikor taught me to have faith in myself and to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that my life is important and I do matter. I love the person I am today. Thanks to Cenikor, I have been given an opportunity, a second chance, to change who I used to be into who I want to be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cenikor is different from "rehab" in that it focuses on changing your patterns of living. Although you learn to deal with emotions in a healthy manner, Cenikor also teaches residents to get out of their emotions so that those feelings don't guide their decisions. Clients spend over a year in the first phase of the program, in which they learn to live their daily life clean and sober. This re-inforces independence, self-respect, and responsible habits. Learning to deal with the constant change and instructional feedback of fellow residents not only toughens up residents for re-entry into life, but it also helps solidify personal boundaries and priorities. I can honestly say that Cenikor is a place for positive change unlike no other.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the biggest and toughest decision of my life. After spending a year with Texas Department of Corrections, I was helped by my family to enter Cenikor? At first, I was very adamant about not needing such a program especially after where I was. However, tough love won... I entered Cenikor in Deer Park, TX in Sept. 2009. The next 2 years were the hardest and most challenging years I endured, more so than my addiction. I graduated in Sept. 2011. Today I am honored and grateful to call myself a graduate. Cenikor helped me re-define who I am, re-develope skills both personally and professionally. It renewed my integrity, character and strength to be all that I can be, without being ashamed of where I was and where I had been. I have healthy and honest relationships with God, my family and friends. My family sleeps at night knowing I am safe and free from harm, and I have the rest of my life to enjoy 5 amazing nieces and nephews which without my sobriety I would never have had the chance. I share an amazing life with a man who loves me unconditionally and showed me that I could love again. I have a career with endless possibilities. I smile everyday, thank God everyday for the gift of having each day. Cenikor is not for those who don't have the true desire to change, it is only for those who truly have the heart and desire to want to do their life differently, everything differently. Friends, routines, habits, choices..... It doesn't happen overnight, yes it is a long two years, but one day at a time, and slowly you begin to see a difference and after 2 years you will love the difference it makes in everything you do!!! I not only love who I am today, but so do those closest to me. Cenikor is a place for change, a place for you to learn how to make productive, effective choices for your life and those in your life. Thank you Cenikor and their amazing staff!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the Advisory Board for the Houston facility, I have been able to work closely with staff as well as residents and must say this is the best program available for drug & alcohol recovery. Cenikor not only assists addicts with recovery but also life skills, work placement, education and the list goes on and on. The staff at Cenikor is truly invested in the residents, they are people, just like you and I and the staff appreciates this concept. I have and will continue to refer those in need to this program as well as refer willing volunteers to assist in the efforts of Cenikor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stop by the facility at least twice a month to share the joys of good living with the new residents. Although I worked at Cenikor from 2011 through 2013, I never thought of it as a job. It was an honor to be able to touch lives and since I am also a graduate of the program, many of the residents can identify with my story and believe that they can achieve what I have now. It's not so much the material gains Cenikor allowed me to achieve, but the inner peace and confidence I have, because of learning a solid way of living. My wife, who has never needed recovery looked at me the other day because of the positive way I reacted to a potentially bad situation and said, "That place really changed you. Seems like even someone without addiction issues could use this type of change." I smiled and let her know that Cenikor is about more than simple recovery. You don't just recover your life, family, esteem... you gain things you never had.

Cindy99

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband had found out about Cenikor thru a networking group.
I finally got to tour the facility myself on Oct 10th. I was very impressed
with their program and the structure they have established to help their
clients gain the skills they will need to become responsible members of
their community again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently took a tour of the facility and was extremely impressed with the staff, facilities, program and residents. Everyone I met was willing to go the extra mile for the guests.

Cenikor appears to be an answer to prayer for someone close to me and I am so happy that I heard of the program at this time.

2 Andy20

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sugar Land Finish Line Sports has given money and running shoes to Cenikor Foundation in Deer Park, Tx for over 25 years. Cenikor works our races and their hard work enables our events to be a success. This Sunday Is Try Andy's Tri. I have seen many lives change as a result of Cenikor. Faculty is dedicated to the cause of sobriety.

Debbie99

Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended many meetings held at the Cenikor facility and heard many testimonies from people being served by the facility. This is a wonderful place that is truly focusing on the root of addition, helping people finally get the foundation they need to lead addition-free lives.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cenikor has put together a combination of life-giving, holistic services that really cannot be compared to any other organization that treats addiction recovery. In addition to a gradual and disciplined regimen of results-oriented challenges, residents undergo life re-entry and career advancement opportunities that simply cannot be achieved in a shorter-term program. I have been personally impacted by so many testimonials from residents who have shared diverse painful stories but the common thread has been the positive opportunities, accountability and inner change that has taken place in their lives through peer mentoring, self-fullfillment and disciplined accountability that is embedded in their treatment programs. I am proud to devote hours of my time as a volunteer to make sure this organization grows and continues to thrive as one of the most effective programs under watchful stewardship that is available and should continue to become an exemplary program for other rehabilitation facilities across the country.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I graduated in September of 2008 at the Deer Park facility and a continue to accomplish goals that I never had before since being in Cenikor it brought self worth and self esteem back into my life. I still go up there at least once a week and give back. There is not a lot of woman graduates that make an appearance to give the female clientele hope that they can make it too. I enjoy going back every week to see how clients reach their personal goals and continue to make new ones. This is a great nonprofit organization and would recommend it to anyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cenikor Foundation absolutely changes the lives of those who are wrestling with addiction. They have a variety of therapeutic community options to fit the needs of all kinds of persons. I've kept in touch with many individuals who have graduated from the program and they are successful, loving, committed people - people who are dedicated to being productive, responsible members of society.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Cenikor for the past 4 years or so. Cenikor provides a way for people to break the cycle of addiction and reclaim their lives. It is a tough program, requiring a 2 year commitment, but the results are astounding. Equally impressive is that Cenikor is not dependent on federal funding, thank goodness! By the time someone graduates from the program, they have a job, a place to live, transportation, and 2 months savings in the bank. They also have their self-esteem and healed relationships with family and friends. I get to witness miracles at Cenikor.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I had an opportunity to take a tour of the Fort Worth Facility this year, and I was very impressed with the organization and the different types of programs offered. The staff was very professional and the clients were very respectful during my visit. Cenikor is committed to helping people get their lives back and succeed in society. They offer a variety of programs, such as impatient programs, detoxification, and intensive outpatient services for adolescents and adults. I specifically was impressed with their job development opportunities offered to their clients. Cenkior partners with employers in the community and helps clients gain employment and become self-sufficient. Congratulations to Cenikor for giving their clients a second chance.

Charla A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cenikor is the WORST kept secret! Their 2 year live-in Drug/Alcohol program has a very high rate of success for long term success with its resident run facilities, for a very low entry cost. Tours are available along with resident testimonies, which are so inspiring. The clients are provided education, skills, jobs, clothing, etc, and upon graduation, a job, skills and resources to re-enter society as a proud, competent, and contributing member of their families and communities. Community Partners are companies that hire the residents, and quite often employ them full time after graduation, with excellent results. Cenikor provides all the skills necessary for a satisfied and successful life, and most importantly, instills HOPE and discipline in each resident. The staff is dedicated and committed. They will gladly accept more Community Partners, Volunteers, clothing, shoes, toiletries, etc. Contact them for opportunities to speak at networking events, and be inspired!

Connie O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the Cenikor facility in Fort Worth TX last summer. We were given a tour and got to visit with several young people going through their 2 year residential drug and alcohol rehab program. I was very impressed with their success rate and with the HOPE that I saw in the residents. They live a structured life in the Cenikor facility and learn valuable job and life skills so they can remain clean and sober once they go back into the real world. A very worthwhile organization helping lots of individuals fight addiction.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the remarkable changes that people who receive services from Cenikor Foundation go through and I will admit that it is truly inspiring. The staff are dedicated, hard-working professionals who put the interests of the clients they serve first.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This truly is a place for change. There are people at Cenikor that are passionate about helping people get their lives back. Cenikor has every level of care to assist with addressing all behavioral health and substance abuse needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is very rewarding working with both the staff and residence of Cenikor, a long term drug and alcohol treatment program in Fort Worth. I have witnessed graduates of the 2 year program graduate from college and become very productive and useful members of society.
I not only serve on the Advisory Council but am also fortunate enough to work for a company that is a vocational partner. I work daily with the residents and graduates. They are humble, high performing employees.
This is a great program that helps people who have made some poor decisions be able to get on their feet and with help, set-up to be successful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The tour of Cenikor was great!! Sandra was a great tour guide and the girls that are in the program made it more personal to hear their stories and stuggles and to see such a great organization helping them made my day. To see first hand the facility and what great work Cenikor is doing was worth it. I highly reccommend anyone that has or knows anyone with a drug additction to take the tour, it will bring them joy to see an organization help citzen back on their feet.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have toured Cenikor, Ft. Worth multiple times and each time I was more impressed than before with the work they are doing to help those with long term addictions. This intern helps our society as a whole.

The Ft. Worth operation is outstanding.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Cenikor has a great mission, great leadership and consistent dedication to ethical practices and responsible operations. The services are exceptional and the employees are dedicated and passionate.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Cenikor is a great organization to work for. The impact the foundation has on the lives of it's clients is unsurpassed by the dedication of the employees to ensure that each client gets the knowledge and education they need to fight the disease of addiction. It is truly a wonderful place to work.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cenikor has an amazing program that takes people from all different backgrounds and with many different substance abuse problems and teaches them a new way to live. I was a hopeless addict and recidivist with no place left to go and no one to turn to for help. Cenikor picked me up and took me in and gave me the opportunity to change. When I removed the drugs from my life the real problem became apparent...and it was me. Cenikor's program is unique because it address your whole problem by breaking it down to the core issues. Work ethic, honesty, integrity, independence, and all the other things I did not know I had lost. Today you can describe me with different words like husband, father, friend, student, and manager. They told me when I went into the program that if I followed what they asked me to do then my life would be returned to me. I did and it was. Thank you Cenikor!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group of employees show how dedicated they are to there patients. Always going above and beyond to assist with questions and concerns. Awesome foundation.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

I graduated from Cenikor back in 1979. I have continued to use the tools I learned from the program and have been clean and sober for more than 30 years. This program saved my life and I have had a wonderful life since. I'm sure I'd be long gone if it wasn't for Cenikor and the people who cared enough to help me with my addiction.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was a terrible addict who needed help. I came to Cenikor from the U.S. Virgin Islands. I had a family member who had been to Cenikor. Twenty months later I am a new man. I am so happy to have broken the chains of addiction and am in a much better place now. I love being clean and sober. Thank you Cenikor for helping me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Cenikor for saving my son's life. 30 months later and is leaving Cenikor as a resident, employee and now heading to a rehab as a counselor. I will always sing your praises and hope you don't change too much. The old way worked for my son when nothing else would. Sincerely, Debbie

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Cenikor for saving my son's life. 30 months later and my son is leaving Cenikor as a resident, employee and now heading to a rehab as a counselor. I will always sing your praises and hope you don't change too much. The old way worked for my son when nothing else would.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cenikor changed my life by changing my son's life. I thank God we found Cenikor. I had done all I knew to do, and began to pray differently. I asked God to bring someone into my son's life that could communicate to him in a way that I wasn't being able to. He had gotten in trouble with the law and God arranged the court system to allow him to be stipulated at Cenikor instead of something else. We don't know whether he would have been giving time or not, but my son made the right decision. I know it was a huge struggle for him in the beginning. But God placed those in my son's life that could help him. The staff as well as the other residents were vital in saving his life. He made life long friendships while there and they continue help each other. He graduated in April 2011 and is doing wonderful. He is a blessing to me and many others. I'm so thankful that I got my son back, as he would say, the new and improved version. Without him my life would not be the same. Thank you Cenikor and all the other staff and residents that helped and continue to support us on this journey of life.