Community Outreach Communities for Recovery Inspired by his personal experience with alcohol addiction and recovery, J. Scott Thornton founded Volunteers at the Creek in January 2004. A non-profit organization providing volunteer peer supported recovery programs and services for people suffering from alcoholism, substance use, and those who have both substance use and a co-occurring mental health condition (dual diagnosis). Its motto “Volunteers Give To Keep” truly encompasses Scott’s vision. In 2008, the organization was renamed Communities for Recovery (CforR) https://cforr.org and a community center was opened on the campus of ASH (Austin State Hospital). Through his leadership and energy, the organization expanded its programming and services throughout the Austin area. Scott was deeply involved in developing curriculum, volunteering countless hours working directly with those in recovery, and spearheading the accreditation by the Joint Commission. CforR received Joint Commission (TJC) Accreditation for Peer Recovery Support Programs earlier this year becoming the first Peer Recovery Community Organization in the US to receive this accreditation. His achievements were heralded on state and national levels. His contributions to the recovery community have impacted the lives of many. Click HERE to be taken to Communities for Recovery website. Salvation Army Angel Tree Program The Angel Tree provides Christmas assistance to families in need in Travis and Williamson Counties. Through The Salvation Army Angel Tree program, donors can give joy to a child in need during the holiday season. Through Angel Tree, thousands of local children will find gifts waiting under their Christmas trees. TRI employees gladly donate every year to contribute to this local charity during the holiday season. Click HERE to be taken to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Communities for Recovery offers peer recovery coaching services, a career closet, computer lab, workshops and training, resource boards on housing, employment, meetings and support groups, and other community resources from their central Austin community center. Every child deserves presents under the tree during the holidays.