Press Kit 2014-2015
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Kit 2014-2015
The Corona Self-Help Center Inc.
Also known as Drogadictos Anónimos (DA) is pleased to present our recovery and outreach program. We look
forward to partnering with you to provide support for the residents of our communities in need of addiction
prevention and recovery care. According to our principles we make adequate use of all the resources necessary
either in the form of grants or the sales of our products, for the sole benefit of our members. We understand that
our collective interests must prevail over any one’s particular interest.
We need your help to continue reaching out to people in high need areas suffering from addiction. Our purpose
is to inform you of our history, how we work and the support that is needed in order to achieve our mission and
vision in order to help save so many in need.
In 2011, an estimated 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. Illicit drug use
alone accounts for $181 billion in health care, productivity loss, crime, incarceration and drug enforcement.
67 percent of those who try marijuana for the first time are between the ages of 12 and 17. Prevention efforts
are therefore of a primary importance to stop drug abuse before it ever starts.
Drug addiction happens to thousands upon millions of people a day. Do not let this addiction destroy your
family and community.
We appreciate you taking an interest in helping your community and our members in their recovery, and the
family reunification through our services.
In 1982 at the “2nd International Congress of Alcoholics Anonymous 24 hours” in Mexico City several
mothers, hopeless with their children’s addiction approached our founder, Mr. David Cervantes and asked him;
why aren’t there more recovery options for drug addicts like those for alcoholics?
This was the inspiration for a movement that would make an overwhelming difference on thousands of men,
women and children who suffered from drug addiction. Drogadictos Anónimos (DA) a grassroots self-help
organization was founded in 1983, becoming an effective alternative way to recovery from addiction, growing
into a unique organization transcending frontiers and languages. We currently operate 31 facilities throughout
Mexico serving over 4000 individuals and their families, following one simple principle of “One recovering
addict helping another” offering a radical and spiritual impression on individuals who had not found the
solution to their addiction. In 1999 a group of addicts that experienced firsthand the consequences of their
addiction and initiated their recovery in one of our existing groups in Mexico City migrated to the United
States. Once here in the U.S. together with other members in need of their own sustained recovery founded and
incorporated The Corona Self-Help Center Inc. as a 501 (c) 3 Community based organization. We currently
operate in high need areas were residents are exposed to high crime and poverty rates and the population’s
primary language is Spanish like South Miami in Dade County Florida and the 5 boroughs in New York. Our
two recovery residences in New York, (Staten Island and Corona); and one in Florida (South Miami) serves
close to two hundred people on a yearly basis.
Our Mission Statement
To recover people suffering from substance abuse, focusing on the physical, mental and spiritual condition as a
whole; contributing to the individual’s social reintegration in a dignified and efficient way.
To become a model program that continuously improves the recovery of drug addicts and establishes self-
sufficient communitarian centers in areas of need.
Conscious that drug addiction is a health problem and not something to be ashamed of, we strive to recover our dignity;
first by assuring that we operate mainly in a volunteer basis, without the use of unacceptable treatments or punishments.
Also by offering amicable space, healthy foods and carrying out recreational activities of recovery that characterize a
fraternal atmosphere, inducing self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
The program on which our recovery is based encourages us to be honest in all aspects of our life, as a
fundamental base to liberate us from the use of drugs. Our actions should be performed with true transparency
in order to reach the prevention and rehabilitative intentions that so many individuals like us need.
We are convinced that fomenting the unity and good will between each member of this association will not only
fortify the work we have carried out but will maintain the practice of our effective principles. We constantly
create activities that involve our members; where experiences are transmitted and joys shared in order to
maintain the feeling of comradeship and true friendship.
The 12 step spiritual program, on which we are based, encourages us to transmit this message in the same way
as we received it: free of charge and without personal gain to other people who suffer from the use of drugs. We
also are a self-help community that empowers their members to continue with their recovery while following
our principle of gratitude, helping others in need
Our Recovery Program
As a foundation for our recovery program we use the 12 steps and self-help program philosophy applying these
principles intensively to maintain long term sobriety. We offer peer-based residence plus extended-care
programming with an emphasis on recovery life skill development, overseen by professional volunteer staff.
Guidance is provided toward the establishment of life and recovery sustaining activities (i.e., employment, self-
help, physical health, etc.). Case management and clinical services are volunteered or accessed in the outside
community. On-site staff and peers promote and sustain the recovery environment. An average stay varies from
90 days to a year or more. Our free services are;
Bi-lingual (Spanish & English)
24 hours 7 days a week on-sight support
12 step group meetings
Food & Shelter
Clothing & Medication
Referrals to Vocational & ESL programs
Outpatient and clinical referrals
The basic program is composed of 3 phases;
Phase I: The individual is provided with free room & board, food, clothing and personal care items for an initial
three month period. While they are in this intensive recovery phase they attend in-house 12 step meetings,
workshops, a series of lectures, and the benefits of a structured sober environment. This allows a foundation for
their recovery, based on the founding principles of our program.
Phase II: at this phase they are offered the opportunity to continue with their recovery process using the same
structure as the original phase. The Individual is invited to participate in our outreach program as well as our
vocational and leadership development program.
Phase III: Providing a slow and coordinated integration with family and society and under strict supervision
adhering to the principles of the program. At this time the individual has reached a year in recovery and the
members are assisted with transitional supportive housing needed in order to sustain sobriety and achieve
independent living. Our members will continue to access the benefits of the continuum of care offered at DA.
Our staff and volunteers run our operations 24 hours a day allowing individuals to access our services anytime
of the day and night. Our self-help meetings are offered from 8 am to 11 pm seven days a week.
Our three facilities
Grupo La Mision
22540 SW 177th Ave
Grupo El Rincón de la Vida
33-19 101 Street
Corona, New York 11368
171 Market Street
Staten Island, New York 10310
Our Outreach Program
The outreach activities in New York and Florida extend to;
Nearly 60 communities of high drug incidence and poverty are visited yearly by our members
37,000 flyers delivered monthly with our message of hope and life that recovery is possible and free of
43,500 hours a year of member volunteer time is dedicated to our communities.
Speaking engagements arranged weekly with various faith based organizations, schools and institutions.
Telephone hotlines that are in operation seven days a week
Special community events such as health fairs and informational meetings.
Annual walkathon and Luncheon
CSHC currently has a very active Board of Directors, three full time employees, 5 consultants and 50 volunteers
in our Leadership Development Program.
About 30% of our members are Caucasian, 60% are Latinos, 8% come from the Caribbean and 2% are from
We have members from all ages, ranging from 17 to 57. With the presence of drugs being common in our
school nowadays, it is not surprising to see that 10% of our members are 20 years old or under and that the
majority; 47% are in the ages 21 to 30. 26% are 31-40 years old and only 16% are 41 and over. Most of the
members that are over 41 years old however, are the ones that have already re-entered society and have been
part of our organization for many years.
In 2011 CSHC provided free recovery services and housing for 208 individuals.
Collaborators and Supporters
Kingsborough Addiction Treatment Center
Queens General Hospital
Beth Israel Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Council Member Julissa Ferreras 21st
Council Member Daniel Dromm 25th
State Assembly Francisco Moya 39th
Senator Jose Peralta 13th
NYPD 115 and 110 Precinct
St. John’s Bread and Life
Fellowship Baptist Church
Archdiocese of Miami
Urban Health Plan Medical Services
NHS of Northern Queens
Archdiocese of New York City
The Rock Church
Ponce de Leon Federal Bank
La Asociación Cultural Father Billini
Feeding south Florida
New York Food Bank
The River fund Inc.
Methodist Church of Jackson Height
Queens Museum of Art
Make the Road New York
The River Fund New York
Goldstein Hall PLLC
What some of our collaborators have to say…
“I would highly recommend that other organizations provide a forum for the members of the Corona Self-
Help Center to bring their message of hope to the many who are still in need”.
Sacred Heart church, Bayside Rev. Thomas F. Brosnan
‘It is therefore that we applaud the efforts employed by the
Corona Self Help Center on behalf of the youth in Queens in
need of rehabilitation”
Neighborood Housing of Northern Queens ,
Executive Director Ygmar Wiel
“May God bless their work in helping so many become clean and sober and thus live fruitful and fulfilling
lives” The church Of Our Lady of Angels, Bronx Rev. Thomas A. Lynch Pastor
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic
Church, Brooklyn, Rev. Francis Shannon
“Thank you for your 27 years of service, thank you for your 34 homes and the ones you are building. Thank
you for receiving more than 1800 youngsters every year. Thank you for sharing your anniversary and for
making the decision to recover, not only for your own good but also for the wellbeing of your families. Thank
you for your 15 family groups and your women and children’s homes. Thank you”
Mexican First Lady, Margarita Zavala,
Addressed Drogadictos Anónimos A.C. in the closing ceremony of the 27th Anniversary.
If you wish to help, you can….
Any in kind donation or monetary donation will assist us in continuing with our mission and bring about our
vision. Donations can be made through our website or by contacting any of the facilities or our corporate office
Funding and Development
Have us as your guest speaker
You can contact us to speak at your place of work, community center, church or anywhere were you see that we
might be of any help to create awareness. Help us spread the word of prevention of drug use in your area. We
can help arrange a day and time that is convenient for you. As a major component of our outreach program we
hope to prevent addiction and its severe consequences through our testimonies of struggle and perseverance.
Each member is required to participate in this activity as a vital and essential element of sobriety.
All donations are greatly appreciated & Tax deductible
Make checks payable to “Corona Self-Help Center, Inc” and send to: 171 Market Street Staten
Island, New York 10310 our corporate office and a receipt of any donation over $250.00 will be
mailed to you.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND GENEROSITY