National Capital Treatment & Recovery (formerly Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic), based in Arlington, recently celebrated 60 years of service in the treatment and recovery of substance use disorders to people in the greater Washington area.
This milestone was celebrated with a reception and dinner for 130 donors, board members, employees and elected officials on May 3 at the Washington Golf & Country Club. Proceeds from the event go to the organization’s Patient Assistance Fund and Young Adult Treatment Fund, which provide financial assistance to those unable to pay.
Launched in 1962 as Alcoholic Rehabilitation Inc. (ARI), the organization was later known as Vanguard Services Unlimited and Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic before adopting its current name in 2020.
The guest speakers at the event were Eugene Walker, who began his 42 years of sobriety at ARI. Walker received the organization’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Alex Greer, son of Donna and Mark Greer, introduced his parents to the audience at the event. The Greers shared how the organization’s Concerned Persons Conversations program, which provides education and reassurance, supported them through their son’s recovery.
National Capital Treatment & Recovery President and CEO Debby Taylor recognized Robin Norman Depaoli for her seven years of service as Board Chair through the challenges of separation from a national foundation, of a brand change and the struggles of the pandemic on patients and staff.
Depaoli told guests, “Through social unrest, attacks on our nation, during good and bad economic times, and even during pandemics, we are so grateful for the community’s commitment to our work and to our community, allowing us to continue to serve people. in need.”
Of the. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) presented Taylor with a resolution honoring the organization’s 60th anniversary, accompanied by State Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington-Fairfax Loudoun).
Also in attendance were Arlington County Board Member Matt de Ferranti, former Arlington County Board Member and former National Capital Treatment & Recovery Board Member Mary Hynes, former U.S. Representative Jim Moran and former county board member John Vihstadt.
[Sun Gazette Newspapers provides content to, but otherwise is unaffiliated with, InsideNoVa or Rappahannock Media LLC.]