IBH REACH Project
The IBH REACH Project is a peer-based aftercare program for those that complete treatment at IBH. The program is designed to help sustain long term sobriety after residential treatment by providing organized post-treatment activities that foster safe friendships, reinforcement of values learned during treatment, a strong sense of community, and increased self-esteem.
Benefits of IBH REACH Project:
- Community of sober support – Surrounding oneself with other people in recovery creates a strong community of sober support, a feeling of belonging, and safe friendships.
- Meaningful volunteer projects – Volunteer service combats boredom many experience when re-entering the community without employment. Volunteering helps build self-esteem and a strong work ethic while working alongside other graduates in recovery.
- Spiritual support groups – Developing a relationship with a higher power helps an individual find clarity, sense of purpose and meaning in life as they navigate the recovery process.
- Giving back – Volunteer service opportunities engage former IBH residents to repay the community in gratitude for the residential treatment the community provided to them in their time of need.
Since it’s launch in 2014, the IBH REACH Project has achieved impressive results:
- In 2014, 178 volunteers provided 4,313 hours of service through 183 projects.
- In 2015, 216 volunteers provided 6,607 of service through 279 projects.
- IBH Outcome Studies show that 84% of REACH participants remain sober while participating in REACH.
Call (330) 644-4095.
Award Winning Director
In October, 2015, The Summit County ADM Board awarded the Maggie Carroll Smith Trailblazer Award to Mark Salchak, Director of the IBH REACH Project. Like Maggie Carroll Smith, Mark is seen by others as a persuasive advocate for people in recovery. Mark has demonstrated innovation and creativity in the development of the IBH REACH Project. He has inspired 65% of IBH residential treatment grads, young in their recovery, to engage in this program to enrich their lives and our community.
“Mark Salchak and the REACH Project are gifts that have been given to this community during a time when addiction is at an all-time high. He is saving lives everyday by having faith, spreading hope and promoting awareness to everyone he comes in contact with”. ~ Leila, IBH REACH Coordinator