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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.