Friends of Recovery Association

6422 Santa Fe Dr
Overland Park, KS 66202

Phone: (913) 722-0367

Contact Name: Leigh Anne Larson

Pickup: Yes

Dropoff: Yes

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Type of Charity
  • Health & Substance Abuse
  • Homelessness & Housing
  • Re-entry & Criminal Justice

The mission of Friends of Recovery Association is to support and collaborate with Oxford Houses in Kansas, which are self-supporting, democratically operated homes for recovering individuals. Friends of Recovery and Oxford Houses will assist these individuals to attain and sustain recovery from subs


Oxford House is a concept in recovery from alcohol and substance use. An Oxford House is a democratically run, self-supporting, and drug-free home, where each house is an effective and low-cost method of preventing relapse. Oxford House has been listed as a Best Practice on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices [NREPP] and singled out as an effective tool for long-term recovery in the U.S. Surgeon General’s report: “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, 2016.” Preventing relapse was the purpose of the first Oxford House, and this purpose is replicated in each Oxford House today. Friends of Recovery advocates for the service participants and focuses on; finding houses to rent, getting charters from Oxford House Inc, recruiting initial residents, teaching the system of operations, building chapters, balancing the number of houses to the demand of the service participants, developing links to providers, developing employment links, networking with other social service agencies, compiling resources (i.e., parenting classes, bus schedule, funds for moving into a house, community service hours) and documenting demographics, vacancy rates, and relapse rates. Case management for the Kansas Oxford Houses includes attending house and chapter meetings, landlord negotiations, and mediating disagreements between house members, landlords, or neighbors. Friends of Recovery gives a monthly New Member Orientation and hosts workshops with house and chapter officers, communication, Oxford House model training, and trauma-informed care. Friends of Recovery is the liaison between Oxford House Inc and the Kansas Oxford Houses. Oxford House is a concept and operation system for a person with a history of alcohol and substance use to have a realistic chance to get comfortable enough to stay alcohol and substance-free forever. For the person new in recovery, such behavior change takes an opportunity, motivation, time, and peer support. The Oxford House self-run system of operations replaces hopelessness with hope and failure with success. This self-support concept saves taxpayers money and produces successful recovery without relapse. More than 2,400 autonomous sober houses utilize the Oxford House model to assist over 20,000 individuals. Oxford House supports more than 35,000 individuals during the year. In Kansas, there are 157 Oxford Houses for over 1300 individuals in recovery at any given time. Two thousand eight hundred sixty-two service participants utilized the Kansas Oxford Houses in 2021.

Items Accepted
  • Appliances - Large
  • Appliances - Small
  • Furniture - Bedroom
  • Furniture - Dining Room
  • Gardening Equipment
  • Furniture - Living Room
  • Tools
  • Arts & Crafts Supplies
  • Computers & Technology
  • Electronics
  • Linens
  • Office Supplies
  • Baby Supplies
  • Bicycles
  • Clothing - Children's
  • Clothing - Men's
  • Clothing - Women's
  • Home Decor
  • Hygiene Products
  • Kitchenware
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment
  • Sports Equipment
  • Toys, Games & Puzzles
  • Vehicles & Boats
  • Mattressess
  • Music - Records, CDs, Tapes
  • Furniture - Office