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Albany Non-Profit Strives to Remove Barriers to Recovery

C.H.A.N.C.E. is a non-profit organization located in Albany committed to helping individuals who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues to improve their lives. The organization’s mission is to provide necessary resources, guidance and positive support to participants. C.H.A.N.C.E. meets individuals where they are at on their personal journey to recovery, and its staff members use their own personal experiences as an example that recovery is achievable and imperative.

The organization recognizes that recovery is multi-dimensional, which is why staff take a holistic approach by addressing housing, employment, education, health and other factors that affect someone’s journey. Their Second Chance Program, which is supported by grant funding from Samaritan Albany General Hospital, focuses on one of the first barriers people often encounter when trying to change their lives – obtaining legal identification and birth certificates.

“Getting a birth certificate or ID can be the first catalyst that helps someone take steps to improve their life,” said C.H.A.N.C.E. Executive Director Jeff Blackford. “One of our participants who just recently got a birth certificate was already able to go see her doctor, get stable housing and is on her way to the life she wants.”

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In 2017, C.H.A.N.C.E.:

  • Provided IDs for 14 people
  • Provided birth certificates for 3 people
  • Provided support (financial and non-financial) for 27 people
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Other Partners Supporting Programs and Services for Greater Access:

  • Benton County Oral Health Coalition
  • Benton County Drug Treatment Court
  • Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center