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CooperRiis Healing Community

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Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health Disorders, Psychiatric Hospitals, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Our healing mission is to enable individuals whose lives are impeded by mental health challenges or mental illness to achieve their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment. - our story - CooperRiis, inc. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Cooperriis, a therapeutic "healing community," is a specialized, licensed residential service community. A therapeutic "healing community" is where residents are empowered to take ownership of their recovery to achieve a healthy and lasting reintegration into society. Residents are age 18 or older and may typically be diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction disorders (in some state of remission), and/or personality disorders. Lasting recovery emphasizes a focus on community work and service, clinical support, and wellness.

Results: From its opening on June 15, 2003, CooperRiis has served 1300 individuals, enabling most of them to move along the path of recovery. Our Alumni best summarize CooperRiis' effectiveness and commitment to impact-driven philanthropy, "I am a person suffering from Bipolar Type I. CooperRiis was truly a life-changing experience for me. I am blessed to have been a member of the program. CooperRiis takes a holistic approach to treatment, and meaningful work plays a significant role in their method. But there is such amazing potential in recovery for people suffering from severe illness. Bipolar has not gone away for me; it never will. I am in the maintenance phase of recovery. I have returned to college, and I know I will accomplish many great things in my lifetime. But most importantly, I am happy and healthy. I would not be where I am right now if it was not for CooperRiis," Corey, age 25, male.

Target demographics: Adults aged 18 and above come to CooperRiis with a variety of mental health challenges, including (but not limited to) schizophrenia or schizo-affective disorder, PTSD, thought disorders, and mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, major depressive or anxiety disorder, and personality disorders, including borderline and avoidant personality disorders. We suggest alternative programs for individuals currently at imminent risk of self-harm or harm to others, individuals struggling with an eating disorder requiring constant monitoring, or individuals currently abusing drugs or alcohol.

Geographic areas served: Asheville, NC and Mill Spring, NC

Programs: Integrated Continuum of Care, CooperRiis Asheville, CooperRiis Farm, CooperRiis Asheville Community Program. Supported College Program. Community Work & Service Program. Integrative Wellness Program

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience at CooperRiis and would recommend it to anyone in a similar situation. I went through all levels of the program at the time from the farm through the community program and was able to learn and implement strategies for positive daily living in a peaceful environment.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working for Cooperriis now for over 18 years in different capacities. We have seen so many vulnerable people coming through we were able to support in their healing process and regaining a healthy sense of life. It is so rewarding to hear back from past residents that are doing well now and living a good life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been in and out of treatment for over a decade. Cooper Riis is the first program that worked for me. It took willingness to better myself but from that willingness blossomed a wonderful flower. I wanted to go to a work based program and Cooper Riis was my first choice. The therapy work I did was ground breaking.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I may be biased, having been CooperRiis' first executive director, but am happy to take a moment to point out that CooperRiis is an amazing philanthropic organization. It was founded by the philanthropy of a couple (Don and Lisbeth) because of (not for) a family member's needs. It has been fueled by philanthropy annually from hundreds of grateful parents, making it possible to offer generous rate reductions to families of limited means. The year I retired, (end of 2016) CooperRiis provided $3.5M in scholarships to about 50% of the families using its services. CooperRiis embodies the true meaning of philanthropy, the love of humankind, especially the love of those who are most vulnerable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CooperRiis gave me my life back. I attended their program over 6 years ago. I have been sober since then, and in active recovery since attending their program. I was hospitalized 4 times prior for depression, with no hope for my future. I have hope now. I have healing now! I have not needed a higher level of support since discharge. I maintain my mental health with therapy and a twice a year appointments with my psychiatrist. I am on half the dose of meds I was prior to attending. CooperRiis starts their process with a dream statement, and I feel like I worked hard with their support to reach every dream I set for myself. CooperRiis makes dreams come true. CooperRiis gave me the gift of recovery. CooperRiis strengthened my family and friend relationships. I am now empowered by my recovery to continue to dream further, and accomplish more than I ever thought I was capable of. Thank you, CooperRiis!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am happy to be able to support CooperRiis in my role as a board member. As a psychiatrist, I am intimately familiar with the struggles of those with mental illness who are seeking treatment in a scattered, disconnected and often chaotic environment. Not until a person finds themselves surrounded by a caring community of people can long lasting healing begin. CooperRiis has created this type of community that has flourished over the years. My professional work has allowed me to overlap with some clients from CooperRiis off and on since 2006. Since that time I have seen steady increases in experience, creativity, and dedication from the entire organization. Witnessing this evolution has had a profound impact on me. I remain amazed at the talent and commitment of those who serve on staff. CooperRiis is making the world a better place by easing suffering and bringing light into dark places.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Cooper Riis offered tremendous help and encouragement to my son when he was going through a difficult time. They provide strategies for him to utilize to help him after he left Cooper Riis program.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Established over 18 years ago, CooperRiis has become a nationally recognized source for recovery for adults struggling with mental health conditions. The organization places an emphasis on "community" as a foundation for people to learn coping strategies for living a more fulfilling and rewarding life despite their challenges. CooperRiis has grown to where more than 75 residents and 180 staff work together for lasting value.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking at homelessness for the third time when I heard about CR. I was totally overwhelmed with DID/PTSD. They were so gentle and patient and effective to talk to. They gave me a substantial scholarship to get the help I needed. Together we turned my ship around and today I'm doing really well.

They include a spiritual component if you like that kind of thing. They are very LGBTQIA+ supportive. I got to practice NonViolent Communication with the staff. It's just an amazing place. I highly recommend at least looking in to it if you need something like this.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a peaceful place. Which is important. Like anything there are always ups and downs. There are more ups than downs here. My most honest review is that I was extremely frustrated to go anywhere however I am grateful for the kindness/caring of the staff and for the friends I met there.

The only thing I personally feel was missing is more gym training / physical activities. Personally when I’m not busy with life I crave physicality as I think a lot of the world does.