As AIM House enters its twentieth year, founder Danny Conroy and the leadership team remain ever committed not only to upholding the standard of care at AIM House, but also to supporting movements, programs and individuals who share similar values and goals. Collegiate Recovery is one of those movements. As a young adult transitional living program, dedicated to helping participants and families launch forward (and onward) towards health and wellness, AIM House is proud to support college students finding community on their campus.
The annual Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) “ski-a-thon” was held the last weekend in January in Keystone, Colorado. Now known as the Mountain Region Collegiate Recovery Leadership Summit, this event has evolved over the years to provide programming which helps Collegiate Recovery programs across the country grow. ARHE’s mission with the summit is to “connect, educate, and engage collegiate recovery stakeholders from the Mountain Region and the country as a whole. As an auxiliary event of the ARHE and S.A.F.E. Project Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academy, presentation topics will center on the intersection of collegiate recovery, service and leadership.”
AIM House was thrilled to return as a sponsor of the summit. Over 200 students from all over the country flooded into Keystone Colorado for a weekend of fellowship, workshops… and of course some time on the slopes. AIM House participants, alumni & staff were among those in the mountains this weekend. As a program, AIM House could not be PROUDER of the work that ARHE and Collegiate Recovery programs do nationwide.
AIM House employee (and former student in the University of Colorado’s Collegiate Recovery Center) Lily Wilkinson spoke Friday night as the event kicked off: “AIM House, along with countless other young adult programs, directly benefits from the work of collegiate recovery programs. With the emergence of recovery communities on college campuses nationwide, higher education can now become an accessible reality for our alumni.”
The reality is this: access to mental health support makes college a viable part of the continuum of care, offering young, recovering college students the opportunity to thrive on campuses across the country. Locally, AIM House participants and alumni have become heavily involved with the University of Colorado’s program. And with the work that ARHE does to support conversation and community between programs, CU Boulder students and AIM Houser’s can connect to an even larger group of young people in recovery.