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 Recovery Specific Housing at OSU

 Mission Statement

The mission of the Collegiate Recovery Community is to provide engaging and understanding support to Oregon State University students in recovery or who are contemplating entering into recovery. Our recovery community is rooted in the belief that no student should feel alone and that every student should receive the support they need, in the way they need it, from the people that they find most comfortable. We are here to support the individual student's efforts in their recovery, academics, and continued success through strong and responsive recovery support. Our doors are open to anyone who is looking for support.


 The values of the Collegiate Recovery Community are defined by the members and reflect what they believe is important for a recovery support program.

 These values are the core beliefs of our program and are what help us attain our mission. Our values define our culture and our community.

 The FAMILY that you choose: The CRC considers all of its members as part of its family. We are invested in supporting each other in our journey in sobriety. We are a unified community that holds one another accountable for remaining true to the community's cause and the individual member's stated values.

  Acceptance : Our community is built on the trust each once of us has that we all will treat one another with respect. We are committed to remain open to new and different paths to recovery and will not judge others for their approach. Our community is a safe space, and it is also place to be brave when we are ready. We are committed to sustaining this environment.

  Nourishment : As a community we recognize that individuals in recovery will flourish when the mind, body, and soul are nurtured. Our community commits to partnering with campus and community organizations to create programs that will strengthen our member's recovery and ability to succeed as students at OSU.


1 .) Create holistic and responsive support for students in recovery from addiction. This support will take the shape of a unified community that not only strengthens a student's sobriety, but also supports their success as students, leaders, and community members at Oregon State University.

2.) Ensure that both prospective students and students already on OSU's campus are aware of the Collegiate Recovery Community and the benefits it offers, as well as viewing all of OSU as a recovery-supportive home.

3.) Reducing stigma associated with addiction and recovery by expanding and enhancing existing campus wide dialogue around these issues, including increasing the normalization of the sober student experience.

What is the Collegiate Recovery Community?

The OSU Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) provides a nurturing environment in which students recovering from addiction can obtain recovery support while working towards their collegiate goals. Students participating in this community are presented with opportunities that offer long-term academic and career growth. With opportunities to expand their social and professional networks, and by participating in group activities and events, students are supported in their decision to live a life centered on recovery. This also encourages academic improvement and helps to build positive life skills. Through this holistic approach, the CRC helps to provide a normative college experience for students in recovery.

The CRC provides the following to all its members and residents:

  • A 24/7 Clubhouse space with:
    • Recovery-oriented meetings
    • Study space
    • Lounge
    • Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, sink, and water cooler
    • Coffee/tea
    • Safe, sober place for members to go
    • Locker space
  • 24/7 support from other members, as well as community staff
  • Academic advising
  • Sober events and gatherings
  • A tight-knit fellowship of sober students in recovery

What the Collegiate Recovery Community IS NOT

The CRC is NOT a treatment facility. We do not provide residential nor outpatient treatment services. We do not work with government programming such as drug court, probation, or parole. We are not a halfway house. We provide support to students at OSU who have been in recovery for a minimum of three months, and desire to continue to live sober. Please see above for a list of the services and support we do offer.

CRC Advisory Board

Upon inception in September 2012, the advisory board sought to create and implement a plan for a CRC on Oregon State’s campus. The advisory board created a vision for OSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community, to best meet the unique needs of our student body. The community was inspired by different aspects of recovery community programs at the University of Vermont, Augsberg College, Texas Tech University, and Rutgers University.

Board Members

  • Susie Brubaker-Cole – Vice Provost of Student Affairs
  • Sara Caldwell-Kan – Peer Health Implementation Specialist
  • Karen Chrisman – Referral Coordinator, Student Health Services
  • Norene Collins – Print Procurement Specialist, OSU Printing and Mailing
  • Karen Elliott – Instructor/Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Gerry Frank – UHDS Inventory and Asset Manager
  • Jim Gouveia – Counselor, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Jenny Haubenreiser – Executive Director, Student Health Services
  • Michael Henthorne – Director, Memorial Union
  • Michelle Inderbitzen – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Alex Matiash – Resident Director of McNary Hall, University Housing and Dining Services
  • Robert Reff – Director of Alcohol, Drug and Violence Prevention Center, Student Health Services
  • Raphelle Rhoads – Coordinator of Community Conduct, Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Larry Roper – OSU Faculty
  • John Ruyak – Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Specialist, Student Health Services
  • Cathy Sullivan – Fitness Services and Education Coordinator, Department of Recreational Services
  • Ellen Topnes – Staff Counselor, Counseling and Psychological Services

Grant Information

Special thanks to the Stacie Mathewson Foundation as well as the Pepsi Beverage Partnership at OSU.