Non-Profit Sacramento Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Celebrates Over 50 Years of Service

Monday, February 29th, 2016

For over half a century, River City Recovery Center, a non-profit 501c3, has treated thousands of men and women dealing with alcohol and drug dependency. With their residential treatment facilities as well as their transitional/sober living facilities, River City relies on social model recovery methods, utilizing 12-step recovery principles. 

Virtually all of the counselors working at River City have gone through residential treatment themselves and well over 90% are graduates of the River City Recovery program. As a result, the primary emphasis becomes the shared experience of addiction and recovery, as that between staff and residents as well as between the individual residents themselves.

Through group and individual counseling, residents receive an intensive education on the physical, psychological, social and spiritual effects of alcoholism and chemical dependency. River City has developed a thorough curriculum that includes the medical implications of substance abuse, emotional and spiritual recovery, relapse prevention, anger management, family aspects and goal setting. 

Kurt von Geldern, Executive Director of River City Recovery - Sacramento Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

Kurt von Geldern, Executive Director of River City Recovery – Sacramento Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

A volunteer board member since 1999, Kurt von Geldern, himself in recovery, took over the reigns of Executive Director in June of 2013, and has implemented changes that have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
“When somebody goes through our program and is returned to their families and/or loved ones, that is the biggest validation for our mission here, and personally, and it’s the best part of what I do. It makes what I do so worthwhile.”
–Kurt von Geldern/Executive Director

Most non-profit organizations put 50% of incoming dollars back into their organization. River City, as a model for others, puts 84% of those dollars back into the organization. Where well-known “silver spoon” recovery centers can cost tens of thousands of dollars, River City offers effective, affordable treatment at a fraction of the cost. By comparison, River City’s private rate pay is $3,500 per month.

River City receives funding from the County’s AOD program as well as Drug Court and CPS. They also contract with Kaiser’s Chemical Dependency Recovery Program as well as the V.A., serving a large portion of homeless vets with drug and alcohol issues.

In recent months, due to the successes they’ve seen with their clients, Kaiser is now sending referrals from as far away from Fresno, Oakland and Vallejo, and the monthly caseload from the V.A. at River City has nearly doubled.

River City operates their women’s residential treatment program in a large, early twentieth-century home in the historic midtown neighborhood of Sacramento. Their men’s facility is located in a rural setting, on a 15-acre ranch on the outskirts of Galt, CA.
In order to provide a safe, structured, low-cost living environment for those who have completed treatment and are preparing to return to family and society, River City offers three transitional/sober living facilities in midtown Sacramento. There are separate homes for men and for women.

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Oak Park Arch

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Oak Park Business Association To Recreate Historic Gateway Arch

Oak Park Original arch with street cars

Oak Park Original arch with street cars

In a continuance of their ongoing community improvement activities, as well as promoting their Triangle District commercial corridor, the Oak Park Business Association announced today that they have begun the process to recreate the historic Oak Park Gateway Arch. (Please see attachment of images and drawings)

The original Oak Park arch heralds the dates 1889, which indicate the establishment of Oak Park, Sacramento’s first suburb, and 1903, the year the original arch was built. The new arch will keep the 1889 date and replace the 1903 date with 2015.

“Rebuilding the Oak Park Gateway Arch is so symbolic of what the OPBA has been working on since its inception: Rebuilding the Oak Park Business District, with respect for its rich history, and building a vibrant, unique and eclectic destination spot within the city.” –Stuart Eldridge, Board President/Oak Park Business Association

Oak Park Arch Proposed

Oak Park Arch Proposed

The new arch will be about ¾ of the size of the original, which was located at the terminus of the J Street trolley line. It was made of wood and was, in effect, the front entrance to the beloved Joyland amusement park. The arch will be erected at 35th Street and 5th Avenue, using modern materials such as steel and LED light instead of wood and incandescent bulbs, and will now be the edifice that invites people into the revitalized McClatchy Park.

The arch is part of the McClatchy Park Master Plan, which itself includes a small tribute to Joyland and the original arch. Much of the credit for the success of that substantial project goes to Jay Schenirer, City Councilman for Sacramento’s District 5.

“The Oak Park Business Association has been a committed partner in improving the community. Bringing back the arch to McClatchy Park is an important and symbolic step towards the revitalization of this park and the neighborhood. I applaud OPBA for spearheading this effort.“
–Councilmember Jay Schenirer.

The parts of the arch that light up at night will be solar powered. This, and other design elements have been submitted to the City for review.

“The community is excited about bringing back this iconic structure. It’s symbolic of the Oak Park Business Association’s goal to revitalize the Triangle District commercial corridor and the surrounding neighborhood.” –Terre Johnson, Executive Director/Oak Park Business Association

The Oak Park Business Association is financing the construction as well as looking for supportive funding. The construction on the arch begins at completion of the city’s review.Oak Park Arch - Architectural Drawings

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