Welcome to Recovery Academy

About Us

Founded in 2008, Recovery Academy (RA) is a non-profit program serving those in the community with chronic mental illness, trauma, addiction issues, and homelessness. Since the opening of our doors, Recovery Academy has impacted the lives of over 1,400 participants in the area. We at Recovery Academy are proud to serve a traditionally underserved population in the Community - those recovering from addiction, trauma, and persistent mental illness or other illnesses.

Our mission is to promote recovery through education, support, and advocacy.

Following this mission, our program offers a wide variety of classes and support groups where students learn necessary skills and solutions needed to face the challenges and difficulties in our community. Our goal is to support recovery through hope, education, and empowerment. We instill hope by having a welcoming and safe environment, and a "YES I CAN" approach. We educate people about their illness and teach practical skills to not only cope but to flourish in life. We empower people by stressing the importance of personal responsibility and teaching self-advocacy skills. 

Recovery Academy's focus is on abilities, not disabilities. We help people discover their strengths and develop new ones to create a meaningful life.

All of Recovery Academy's programming is offered free of cost to anyone interested in improving their lives. No referral is necessary and all that is needed is the motivation to grow and help others grow. We are open to everyone in the community (veterans, homeless, disabled, ex-offenders, etc.) interested in furthering their recovery.

Recovery is tough enough. We can help!

We've been there, we know how difficult the recovery journey can be.  We also know the rewards. Join us for an adventure in recovery. The recovery journey is unique for each person, but along the way, help is available. This is what the Recovery Academy is all about. Here, you will find encouragement, knowledge, inspiration, hope, and personal growth at the academy. Our staff and fellow students will help you explore your options and teach the tools you need because we have the personal experience to understand. RA is unique, as it is a living, breathing, and evolving philosophy of peer support and recovery. The mental health community deserves to be informed of a recovery model that works.

Save Recovery Academy

We are committed to our students and for us to remain open and reach the maximum effectiveness, we need the financial backing of our community. Additional funding will allow us to move to a much-needed larger facility; this will not only alleviate our crowded classroom, but allow for additional classes and support groups as well. It will also enable us to provide vital services to the Community and continue to grow. We are presently funded by Doug Meijer and the Meijer Foundation. However, we need additional funding. Meijer has pledged to match donations to Recovery Academy up to $75,000, and your donation will help us reach our financial objectives.

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Recovery Academy

107 Oakes St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States

(616) 233-0884


9:45 am – 4:00 pm


9:45 am – 6:30 pm


9:45 am – 4:00 pm


9:45 am – 5:00 pm


9:45 am – 4:00 pm





December Class Schedule

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