I have been working at CRA since 2000, starting as a volunteer in 1998. Currently I conduct outreach at Humboldt Park on Tuesday evening and Diversey and Kilpatrick on Sunday evenings (and on the West Side as needed), provide referrals to HCV care and treatment, and assist with grant writing. It’s important that individuals who use drugs not only find and access harm reduction, but also inform and provide services. To me it’s a way of life.
I have been working in the harm reduction field for the last 10 years, developing and running grant-funded programs for community based organizations throughout Chicago. My experience has mostly consisted of building out mobile outreach and community engagement services, with a focus on PWUD, those living with HIV, and those experiencing housing instability. I have been a volunteer and close community partner of CRA’s since 2014, and I am honored to be taking on the role of Executive Director.
Rather than removing the profiles of those we’ve lost at CRA we continue to have them here on our site as we constantly hold them in our hearts and thoughts.
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Dan was one of the founders of Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA) and, for the last 28 years, Dan has been the Director of the CRA. Over the last 28 years under his leadership we have been guided by CRA participants to develop programming to prevent opioid-related overdose deaths with naloxone distribution; avoid viral hepatitis with safer injection and hepatitis A/B vaccination, and pilot test mobile opioid substitution therapies. Dan also helped start the US Harm Reduction Coalition and was a Project Developer for the International Harm Reduction Institute of the Open Society. Dan left this world in August 2018, but his legacy lives on in the work we do and the lives he saved.
I first became associated with CRA when they were busy doing harm reduction regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1990s! I began frequenting the van and utilizing early syringe exchange and naloxone distribution along the way! Eventually I became a board member and long time advocate for harm reduction! I love the work I do…saving lives!