We Win Recovery is a nonprofit organization that provides education, resources, support and advocacy for individuals, families and communities that have been impacted by substance abuse and criminal behavior. They also provide reentry services for those transitioning from jail or prison.
Ivi Dunnaville and TeeJay Wilson, proprietors of the center, held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week with the Pell City Chamber of Commerce.
Ivi Dunnaville has seen the devastating effects of drug abuse first hand as a Certified Abuse Counselor. She was a contracted counselor with New Pathways, St. Clair County Day Program, The Wellhouse, and Fresh Start Recovery Ministries. She has worked with adults and adolescents who continue to battle with alcohol and substance abuse.
“This is what we have been working toward, to help people in recovery, not just drugs and alcohol, but mental health,” Dunnaville said. “Sometimes people need someone just to express themselves to.”
Her initial goal with We Win Recovery is to prevent children from beginning the path to abuse through education and teaching them to make good choices. She began an education program in 2017 with presentations to students in 7th grade and up in the Pell City School System and Ashville Middle School. Now her program is in 13 public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade in St. Clair and Talladega Counties.
“I first met Ivi in 1989 as a fourth grader when she walked into my classroom,” said Pell City School Superintendent Dr. Michael Barber. “I knew she was going to do great things and she continues to do so. She is already working with kids and training and educating our teachers.”
We Win Recovery offers therapy, education, anger management, and services for juveniles.
“We want to educate the community and help those who are hurting,” said Dunnaville.
Dunnaville partners with TeeJay Wilson, founder and owner of Fresh Start Recovery Ministries, a faith-based 12-month recovery program for men. Wilson faced his own battle with addiction. After spending five years in the St. Clair County Correctional Facility, Wilson decided to change his life and use his experience to help the lives of others.
“I wish there was a place like this when I served my time,” said Wilson. “I didn’t know where home was. I had no clothes; I didn’t have anything. I didn’t know what resources were available. I wanted to create a place to help others.”
We Win Recovery is located at 705 22nd Street North in Pell City. For more information, contact Ivi Dunnaville at 205-227-9293 or email email@example.com.