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Recovery Survival Network - RSN

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: "To help those who want to help themselves"

Programs: Serving Veterans, the homeless, returning citizens, and indigent adults with housing, food, job training and referrals (150 people), substance abuse referral (400 people), 24/7 hotline (800 calls), case management (55 people).

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the past five months I have seen peoples lives change while I worked for RSN. It's truly remarkable what a person can do for themselves when given the opportunity, some guidance and a little support. And that's what RSN does. We need more company's like RSN whose mission is to provide change for those who want it.
N.S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with ED Lou Gordon and the RSN team for over fourteen years. Their commitment to community development thru housing solutions, essential wrap around services and by building a diverse and supportive peer network is authentic and consistent. Proud to be a partner and friend of RSN.

Client Served

Rating: 5

RSN has been a great Service to me. I've been a Client of RSN for over 12 years and I would not be living this Beautiful life I'm living without the services of RSN. I'm so grateful for the care, support and the compassion RSN surrounds a person with from beginning. I'll leave it right there cause with RSN there is no end. Totally grateful

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is magnificent. They provide housing to individuals that have and has been ostracized from society in regards to housing. This organization provides individuals with the opportunity for a second change at a first class life by providing free, clean, safe housing. The individuals are provided with employment notifications weekly. They are pursuing their educational goals. RSN works with the individuals that they serve with understanding compassionate, integrated care. As stable housing is essential to wellness, the individuals are working to improve their quality of life, being that they have been provided with stable housing. I highly commend and recommend this organization for the work that they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recovery Survival Network hired me within a month of new release from a seven year jail sentence. They have been so supportive with my reentry. I love working for them and being able to share resources that I use with clients who are in similar situations as I am.

Grace S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to be able to see first hand the work of Lou Gordon and RSN. The work that has been and is being done is nothing short of amazing. The programs, housing and opportunities given to those in need over many many years in its self is a testimonial to the commitment and drive to help from everyone involved with Recovery Survival Network. Thank you all for all you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. I love the work that they do. I believe in the work that they do, it is meaningful and essential. They care for they beautiful individuals that they serve beyond measure. This organization gives those they serve a second chance at a first class life by providing them with housing and the opportunity to take control of their lives by returning to school, employment opportunities, and having a team of agencies on board to support their clients to attain and sustain a higher quality of life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very well run. Operates with a client first, holistic model which helps to empower their clients!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

great service provider and support in our community. Many people have been given a chance to stabilize their lives with the support of RSN!

Client Served

Rating: 5

RSN provides the best support for our community...

Lance R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lou at RSN is one of the best people I know. His dedication and life’s work for his community is unmatched.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recovery Survival Network is involved in the community as a leader in assisting those released from incarceration, having substance abuse and housing issues in need of guidance to other resources that will provide support for reentry to the community.

The agency is a recipient of a multitude of awards bestowed upon them by the United States Congress, the California Senate and Assembly and Governor's Office, City and County of San Francisco and continues to receive accolades and recognition. The agency delivers services with the utmost integrity and respect for it's clients.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Recovery Survival Network is a well organized and compassionate organization who provides transitional housing for the formally incarcerated. They are responsive, responsible and a vital part of the reentry community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer on the RSN board of Directors for the past 7 years and this agency makes a real difference in the lives of those returning from jails, prisons and treatment programs to the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RSN is a critical part of the SF reentry services offered to people returning to the community from incarceration.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Among all the awards this agency has achieved, for example "The Trenches Awards", RSN (Recovery Survival Network) has been acknowledged and recognized for their outstanding community contributions to the City and County of San Francisco by the State of California and the United States Congress. The implementation and execution of programs by Case Management and the professional and administrative support by the Financial Management team is no wonder RSN (Recovery Survival Network) has received so many accolades.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a case management program in SF and our agency has partnered with RSN for several years. I have collaborated very closely with RSN staff around providing safe and supported housing for our clients. I have found them to be professional, reliable and extremely dedicated to the work and to the clients we serve. The fact that they are able to do what they do, within the confines of SF's challenging housing environment, is absolutely remarkable and entirely due to the relationships RSN has forged and the reputation they maintain in the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kind staff who treat everyone with kindness, respect, and as a part of their family. An excellent example of how to assist in getting one's life back on track.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand the positive impact RSN has had on the men and women they serve in San Francisco. Lou Gordon and his crew are there for their clients from the time they are in custody, to release and continue to support the clients through-out their journey in recovery and during the reentry process. RSN is a great nonprofit!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a volunteer for Recovery Survival Network was an incredible learning experience! I learned a lot from working with a knowledgeable team, who has a passion for their clients' success. Thanks Lou, for allowing me to be part of team; keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen firsthand the many people RSN has helped. Their clients are working and or self-employed. With the encouragement of RSN and staff, clients have found a new path to follow. RSN does indeed "give a hand up not a handout"

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recovery Survival Network - RSN is an awesome organization, they help so many individuals, that have substance abuse issues, mental health, homelessness, probation and parolees. RSN works very close with these individuals and partners with other agencies to provide rap around services to assist these clients in becoming productive members of the community.

5 Brian137

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lou Gordon and all those associated with RSN...show a commitment and devotion to help others that goes above and beyond any other similar agencies around. I am a former client that will never forget what they have done to help me see a better way. My life today is proof of what can happen: I now run my own business...I stay connected with the local community...I appreciate life today...and...I help others in how I live my life today.

5

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is an excellent nonprofit, making a difference for so many in the SF community!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Recovery Survival Network is one of those great organizations that does so much with so little. By providing a networked set of services, the organization really does help individuals on the path to recovery by providing highly personal, caring support and a strong support system of tough love when that is what is needed. I have seen first-hand the work that they do and am compelled to work with them over the next few years.

3 Marcella W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RSN is a great non profit. Over the years they have helped many people get their life back on track. From clients who can't seem to stay out for a whole 7 days before returning to custody to addicts who believed they would never stop using. RSN has been through the fire with many of their clients helping them to excel and become model community members.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I work for Wells Fargo Bank at the 16th and Mission office as an Assistant branch manager. for the last 3 years I met several clients from recovery survival network and I can see how this non profit it's trying to make a change in the San Francisco community and helping this people to start a new life. I would say one of the most valuable agencies in the Mission area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RSN Is a great non profit. Working with so many people they change lives and make a difference.

4 Kevin68

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kevin Henley says this organization is simply one of the most valuable agencies for the formerly incarcerated population

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a grateful client of R.S.N and a living example of how the right support and guidance can make so much diffrence in a persons life.I met Lou Gordon and his staff while in custody 4 years ago in the S.F county jail,I knew i wanted to change my life but I didn't know what steps to take,and this is where R.S.N does its best work;i was taught how to make a life plan including long and short term goals,I was provided with help for my behavior,substance abuse problems,family issues,and a safe environment to to talk about and work through my challenges, Today I am employed full-time,I am attending college,im reunited with my family and I am an active part of my community.I am Grateful!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Yvonne Frazier, Owner Yvonne Frazier Consulting

One day I had the opportunity to drive around the streets of San Francisco with Lou Gordon, Executive Director, and his staff and watch them in action. They know what they are doing! We were all just going to lunch together, but you could not go more than one half block without running into a client or ex client who wanted to stop and talk. The expressions of gratitude from the clients were warm and spontaneous. I call it “real talk”- the clients would share everything that was going on, the up’s and the down’s. 100% said...thank you.

It’s hard work to reenter the community after a time in jail or prison. There are so many barriers to overcome. Finding transitional housing, emotional support, a job, and getting enrolled in services are a few examples. RSN helps the clients feel welcome and comfortable while they engage and support the clients. The stakes are high and time is of the essence! RSN is successful because they understand what the clients are going through and use the power of peer to peer relationships.

I am glad for both the community and the clients that RSN delivers these needed services. RSN isn’t just going to work every day, they are on a Mission – “To help those who want to help themselves”. Their passion, dedication, and skills are obvious! RSN staff understands the San Francisco system, and their case managers work it! Every day they find housing, services, and link with nonprofits and government agencies.

I know that some reading these reviews may have a loved one who needs help. There ARE people who can reach those who others have given up on. I hope your loved one meets up with Lou and his staff. There is always hope. They have a lot to offer and the results just may be a new life.

It’s not enough just to say a few kind words about the nonprofits working so hard in our community. Write a check. Volunteer. Advocate. Speak up about the needs of the previously incarcerated. Help them do some of this heavy lifting!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recovery Survival Network takes on a very difficult population and does so with determination and drive, two elements that are then expected of their clients. Success is their vision and they have worked out the proper support systems to make success achievable for those clients who stick with the program and invest in themselves.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with RSN many times over the past five years and have had many clients take advantage of their services. The clients I refer are usually in serious trouble and have extensive problems. RSN has always gone the extra mile and all the clients have had a positive experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recovery Survival Network works with some of the most difficult to serve people--those coming out of jail or prison, and provides them with housing and support services that greatly increase their ability to stay out of custody. I like this place. They work with anybody and everybody. Housing is difficult to manage in San Francisco, where rents are the highest in California and Recovery Survival Network takes on this challenge with commitment and skill. They keep a lot of people out of jail.

2 Angela B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recovery Survival Network is a unique and incredible program that should be replicated in other cities. I am very impressed with their work, and love visiting.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Recovery Survival Network while in the county jail and expected it to be like the other agencies i had encountered. I was pleasently surprised to find that they were truly concerned about my life going forward and not just interested in the things of my past. At the time of this introduction i had no intention of changing my life or lifestyle. Lou Gordon, the director of Recovery Survival Network, saw something in me that i didn't see in myself and continued to nurture and mentor me until i began to see my own worth. It has been two years since this initiated and he hasn't let me forget my worth a one day. I now reside 3000 miles away and they have never left my side. I owe a debt of gratitude to Mr Gordon and Kevin Henley for re-introducing me to myself in such a way that i will never forget to take every measure at my disposal to be a productive member of this society and to give back what they continue to give me at every opportunity.