Author: Nigel Brunsdon

Job Opportunity: Executive Director

The staff and Board of Directors of the Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA) are launching a search for the position of Executive Director. We explicitly encourage applications from people with lived experience of substance use, sex work, and/or incarceration. The right candidate will also have a proven commitment to the field of Harm Reduction and a desire to respectfully collaborate with People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) to assist any positive change as a person describes it for themselves.

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John “Gootie” Gutenson (1960-2020)

It is with broken hearts that we announce Raymond “John” Gutenson passed peacefully this morning surrounded by his family. John started with CRA in 2000 as a volunteer, working with his best friend Dan Bigg to build out the program into what it is today. Quite literally, John helped ‘build out the program’ by building the interior of the infamous silver outreach vans, working alongside his friends Dan and Josch.

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Chicago Group Piloting Overdose-Reversal Vending Machines

Inspired by a similar program in Las Vegas, Chicago Recovery Alliance, a non-profit harm reduction organization who provide syringe exchange and overdose prevention services, had been toying with the idea of putting up vending machines offering naloxone and safer use supplies for a long time. Dan Bigg, the alliance’s founder, used to talk about it regularly before his death in 2018, according to Karen Bigg, Chicago Recovery Alliance’s director of community relationships.

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Stephan Kamenicky (1957-2020)

Stephan (Steve) Kamenicky, born August 24, 1957, also known as “Ponytail Steve” by the many thousands of people he has helped over the years, passed away last Friday, July 31st, 2020 from presumed natural causes.

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Overdose prevention in a time of COVID

We are so pleased at how many people and organizations have come out of the woodwork to help ensure the safety and survival of people who use drugs in the context of COVID-19. We’ve seen a surge of interest in overdose prevention and naloxone. The new surge reminds us of the importance of remembering history and the basics. So we’ve put together some notes for you.

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T-Shirt Design Contest

CRA needs your help! We know how many creative folk there are in our community, so we are running a T-shirt design contest with a first prize of $150, second $100 and third $50.

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