Annual Report 2021
Freedom Recovery Center
Table of Contents:
Introductory Statement and Executive
Mission, Vision, Values 2
SWOT Analysis 3
Summary of Financial Data 4
Strategic Plan for 2022 5
Introductory Statement and Executive Summary
Statement: Freedom Recovery Center, LLC is a newly
developed residential treatment center for persons dealing with substance use disorders. We recognize that as a new start up there are
many things that need to be developed and implemented in a timely manner in
order to develop our organization into the desired provider. This report is a look back at our first full
year of service ending 12/31/2021. In it
we hope to provide a clear view of the plans and goals that have been set for
the Freedom Recovery Center women’s residential treatment center as well as the
plans for improvement and expansion of the services provided by the organization.
Freedom Recovery Center is the
culmination of many years of personal dedication to the subject of addiction by
the owner and founder, Randy Leviton.
Coming from a place of personal experience and involvement over the
years with many addiction-related organizations and sober living facilities,
including his own Damascus Road Ministries’ men’s halfway house, the opening of
a residential treatment center was the logical next step. We have established strong working
relationships with local law enforcement, the court system, prosecutors’
office, HHS, and CPS agencies.
This facility is an LLC which is owned
and operated by Randy Leviton and Carla VanWormer-Ram, a husband-and-wife team
whose goal is to establish a resource in Branch County, MI to service the South
Western district of Michigan with SUD treatment options. We currently employ between 8 and 13
employees ranging from a clinical supervisor, therapists, case management/social
workers, and resident assistants which provide 24-hour-a-day supervision and
Executive Summary: The Freedom
Recovery Center’s Substance Use Disorders program (“the Program”) will strive
to proactively provide access to the professional resources needed for persons
with SUDs (Substance Use Disorders) and
friends and/or family members of persons with SUDs. This program will also set a goal to help
educate the community at-large as to the
severity of the addiction epidemic that we are presently confronted with and to
bring the availability of professional addiction services to the “at-risk”
community members and their family.
All too often, police officers are responding to
drug/alcohol-related calls, including many fatalities, where the parents,
family members or friends of these victims ask the officers, “what could we
have done to help him/her?”, “what services were available to use?” We want to be that service.
The main objective of the Program is to act as a gateway for
local communities, to help them with substance use services that are available
before an overdose or fatality occurs. We
have all experienced or know someone who is/was experiencing struggles with
addiction. This program, beginning with
a 20 bed women’s residential treatment facility will hopefully grow into a
community program that will be the first thought for anyone in that
position. We encourage everyone to seek
help and find answers before it is too late.
Statement of Special Circumstances: This
program and facility began in December of 2019 with only the owners’ personal
investments of time and funding. We
opened the facility in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and have suffered
financial hardships along the way. We
are proud of the fact that we have managed to grow the program to a point where
it currently pays for itself and will continue to press on to bigger and better
achievements. We appreciate the support
from our community and stakeholders and look forward to a continued relationship
for a very long time. As you will see,
in the financial summary below, we are beginning to turn a corner which we hope
will allow us to grow our services over the next year or two.
To assist each person served in achieving the highest
quality of life by providing individualized, confidential, and caring treatment
of substance use disorders/behavioral health needs.
“Our vision is Excellence.
To become the premier provider of Substance Use Disorder services to the
Southwestern district of Michigan. To be
viewed as an outstanding and indispensable source of assistance to our local
community through the betterment of the persons served and their culture”.
We consider it our responsibility to provide help, healing
and support to any and all people who are seeking a life free from
addiction. It is our goal to promote the
empowerment of individuals to take control of their lives to build and
establish a productive and worthwhile future.
Our goal is to provide help, hope and tools to those in need, while also
providing honest reflection of their situation and ability to reach their
strengths encompass many
fronts, from a true heart of service to a lifetime of experience in the
field. We have developed a superior team
of staff members who are like-minded and eager, to assist women from our
community who are struggling, to achieve normalcy and stability in their lives.
management team demonstrates teamwork, collaboration, and excellent
communication that creates a positive work environment that benefits both clients
consistently report a high level of job satisfaction and believe they are
fulfilling their mission of providing excellent services to clients. Staff members are well-versed in client care,
are focused on creating value-driven work environments and work cohesively as a
provides a holistic approach, ensuring that clients are getting the tailored
resources needed to be successful. Staff
members look at each situation through a trauma-informed lens that ensures
positive regard for clients.
provide positive comments about the organization, personnel, and services
provided and stakeholders describe the organization as implementing a referral
and admission process that emphasizes accessibility, stating that clients are
able to get in right away and assessments are generally done within 24
hours. Referral sources hold an
extremely positive view of the organization, personnel, and services
provided. Stakeholders reported: “They
have an eagerness to help the clients and are passionate about what they do.”
Our primary weakness during 2021 was the need for more in-depth
training in aspects of business function and financial responsibility. Client care is of the utmost importance and
receives continual reinforcement of methods, policies and procedures. However, as far as fiscal concerns, such as
monitoring food waste and accepting responsibility for reducing expenses
related to building operations, maintenance and efficiency, we have found that
there are areas that would benefit from additional oversite.
We continue to
experience issues related to recruitment of additional workers due, in part, to
our financial limitations in enticing new, qualified people. Due to the growth of our organization,
however, that is less of an issue now than it was during the initial 8 months
of services provision. We are committed
to providing the highest quality of service to our clients and will continue to
invest in our staff to reach our goals.
Opportunities that we anticipate in the next 12
months to 2 years, include the opening of additional service locations to
include a day-reporting program and step-down housing, or halfway houses, for
both men and women.
Threats are currently related to inflation,
energy costs and volatility of supply chains/inability to obtain needed
supplies. These external factors are
putting a strain on us financially and causing difficulty in providing the
necessary products/items that are needed by our clients.
Our goal is to
achieve a status of excellence in every aspect of care and service, from
stakeholder satisfaction and worker engagement to exceeding the norms of
positive client outcomes. We will
monitor and track client access, future goal achievements, program outcomes and
follow-up contact reports to measure adherence to our objectives. Our long-term goal is to develop a network of
treatment options to in our community.
Summary of financial Data
The fluctuation in net profits from month to month can be
partially explained by delayed payments from funders since they are entered on
the date received. Over the course of
the year, census within the facility varied significantly from month to month
with a resulting average of 6 new clients per month. This does not reflect the success of each new
client throughout the intended 28-day period.
Unfortunately, some of our clients are unable to complete the program
which causes a skew in the data.
The overall awareness of our facility and the services that
we offer has risen over the course of last year and we are seeing an increase
in outside referrals because of this. We
are working very hard to continue that trend and believe it will result in
overall higher census year after year.
Strategic Plan for 2022
Community education – By the end of 2022, we would like
to be able to start offering education to the local community through forums/meetings
and printed materials regarding the issue of substance use disorders in our
local area, together with information about the ongoing needs of the effected
population and attached stigma. The
issues that affect the population that struggles with additional are many and
severe. We believe that informing the
community of this information would go a long way in changing their perspective,
attitudes, and prejudices.
Measures: The number of community forums held by
the end of 2022.
addiction information flyers/bulletins distributed.
Staffing and Education – We will be focusing on education
for our staff over the course of the year, to provide additional training in
various areas of importance such as Boundaries, Trauma Informed Care and
possibly Violence/Active Shooter training.
Outcome Measures: Add
additional course to the training curriculum thru Relias.
training with at least 80% participation by staff members.
Information Technology – Implement use of tablets for communication
with courts, medical providers, and client families. We will investigate options and quality to
determine the most appropriate equipment by the end of 2022.
Obtain alternative funding – We
currently work primarily with clients who are funded by the State of Michigan
Medicaid program, we are hopeful about securing additional funding via grants
to allow for longer treatment periods.
The typical stay based on Michigan Medicaid is 28 days, however, we
believe that many of our clients would benefit from a continued program of at
least 90 days if not longer. We hope to
complete this by the end of 2023; this is a measure that is being carried over
for this year as it was not achieved during 2021.
- Retention of a competent
- Number of grant
Expansion of services –
As a new facility in the Coldwater, Michigan
area, we feel that we have done an exemplary job of setting up, fine-tuning,
getting in line with the many regulations mandated by our state government, our
funders and our accreditation organization (CARF). It has been a long road with many challenges
and opportunities, but the greatest reward is seeing former clients of our
facility, living a full life and enjoying the reunification with family that
they thought they might never have.
Freedom Recovery Center provides a great
opportunity to struggling individuals in our community and it is provided out
of a desire to help people. The clients
that choose to come here and participate, leave with a renewed sence of value,
strength and a desire to continue down the path of rehabilitation. They state that they feel safe, loved, and
cared for while they are here and typically find it difficult when it’s time to
Quotes from past clients:
“Randy is an amazing man, director and friend! I will always recommend anyone to FRC. His ability in choosing staff is amazing
because I felt very comfortable and cared about by every staff member here and
could relate to them all very well too!”
“Thank you for being so loving, accommodating, accepting and
understanding! Getting me right in, on
the spot, that day is SO important!”
“I feel very lucky and better equipped for life after being