History

CRR traces its roots to Zion Cathedral Church of God located in Freeport New York, formerly known as Little Zion. CRR's founder Renee D.Charles with the support of the Senior Pastor of Zion Cathedral, Bishop Frank White, devoted their resources to the ministry of the total man.

Recognizing that people of faith often are reluctant to seek help outside of the four walls of the church, and following the AIDS-related death of several members in 1988, a ministry of health, faith, and recovery was established. Psycho-spiritual counseling based on biblical principles was provided to address the health and faith beliefs of the congregation. Culturally competent services were provided to members in the basement of the church for a period of three years and emphasized the authority of God to use professionals everywhere in and out of the church setting.  The demand for services grew beyond the walls of the faith community and the need to formalize services as was realized.        


The Center for Rapid Recovery was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in February 1994; the governing members adopted the By-laws and approved the appointment of a six-member Board which met for the first time in February 1995. Tax-exempt status for the newly formed 501(c)(3) entity was granted on September 5, 1995. Shortly thereafter, CRR leased with the option to buy (virtually with no money down) a 5500 square foot building located at 312 Greenwich street in Hempstead, New York. CRR open its doors on December 28, 1994, during one of New York's worst snow and served its first client. Within the same year, CRR received funding to operate a 24 bed supported housing program for persons with mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Within an 18 month period, CRR received licensure as a Medically Supervised Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinic. In 1998 CRR open a Day Habilitation program licensed by OPWDD. Several years later CRR open two residential programs for persons with developmental disabilities and tons of other culturally relevant programs.
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