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Spring 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to the Council Connection

As the season blossoms, so does our excitement to share the latest happenings. Council Connection, our new e-newsletter includes updates that reflect our commitment to making a positive impact by featuring agency news, community engagement, staff spotlights, and ways to support our agency. Dive into our inaugural Spring issue to discover how we celebrate progress, growth, and the collective efforts that drive our mission forward.

Agency Updates:

Spring Break Success

Camp L4 (Live, Learn, Laugh, Love) takes place three times a year at YMCA Camp Carter for at-risk youth, ages 6 to 11, residing in local domestic violence and homeless shelters or foster care programs. Over spring break, March 11-14, campers participated in fun activities like horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, and more all while learning how to make healthy life choices!

Throughout the four days of Camp L4, campers participated in support groups focused on promoting their overall well-being by exploring self-esteem, goal setting, emotional wellness, and self-care.

Seeing the children learn and grow was truly inspiring! We lived, learned, laughed, and loved and can’t wait for two rounds of Camp L4 in the summer. The Council’s Youth Prevention program also offers two Teen Retreats over the summer for youth, ages 13 to 17. A special thanks to the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, whose support made this opportunity possible for Fort Worth youth.

Community Engagement:

Expand Your Impact

Recovery Resource Council is excited to participate in Fort Worth Colonial Charities’ Birdies for Charity program. This program is a fun way to support the Council while following PGA Tour pros as they play in the annual Charles Schwab Challenge from May 20-26, 2024 at Colonial Country Club.

You can participate by making a pledge for every birdie made during the 2024 tournament. In addition, Fort Worth Colonial Charities will match a percentage of all funds raised or pledged during the program, which runs through midnight on May 17th. Make a pledge now by clicking on this link and selecting Recovery Resource Council as your charity of choice.

The Council is honored that Fort Worth Colonial Charities has selected our agency as a key beneficiary of the Birdies for Charity program for the past 10 years and awarded $11,518 to our programs and services in 2023. Increase your impact by making a donation today!

Staff Spotlight:

Meet Our Development Team

Last August, Dr. Noelia Saenz was promoted to the role of Chief Development Officer at The Council. Alongside Rebecca Smith, Development and Donor Relations Coordinator, and Lauren McGregor, who joined as the Development and Communications Specialist in December 2023, the Council’s Development Team is poised and enthusiastic about spearheading fundraising efforts in 2024.

Meet Noelia Saenz, PhD
Noelia Saenz serves as the Chief Development Officer at Recovery Resource Council, where she oversees the agency’s development fundraising and communications initiatives. She is an experienced development professional in the field of behavioral health, with expertise in grant writing, fundraising strategy, and communications. She joined the Council in July 2022 as the Grants Manager and previously worked as the Foundations and Corporate Giving Manager at Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas.

Meet Rebecca Smith
Rebecca has been an integral part of The Council since 2017, previously serving as the receptionist at our West Campus in Fort Worth and then joining Development in 2020. As the Development and Donor Relations Coordinator, Rebecca oversees gift processing, our donor database, and plays a prominent role in donor cultivation and stewardship. Her innate ability to connect with others is invaluable in cultivating strong relationships with donors, thereby bridging the gap between our organization and our supporters.

Meet Lauren McGregor, MPA
Lauren is a Dallas native with a bachelor’s in anthropology and master’s in public administration from UNT. Over the last eight years, she has worked in higher education administration, local government parks and recreation, and nonprofit development. In her current role as the Development and Communications Specialist, she assists with grant writing, social media and website management, and other agency graphics and communications.


If you have questions about The Council or are interested in ways to support our mission, please reach out to the Development Team at

Fundraising Focus:

Stars in Recovery Sponsorships

Introducing the 36th Annual Clifton Morris and Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery Luncheon! We are honored to announce Mayor Mattie Parker as our honorary chair and Susan Ford Bales as keynote speaker. 

A distinguished author, photojournalist, and public figure, Susan will share her personal experience with familial addiction and her groundbreaking work to advocate for effective substance use treatment. Funds raised during the luncheon will support the Council’s mission to promote wellness and recovery from disorders relating to alcohol, substance use, trauma, and mental health.

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Time: VIP Reception: 11-11:30am | Lunch Program: 12-1:30pm
Location: River Ranch Stockyards | 500 NE 23rd St, Fort Worth, TX 76164 

Get your tickets or table sponsorship TODAY! Table sponsorships begin at $1,500. Individual tickets are $250 and available in limited quantities. Sponsors are a vital part of our RRC family. Without your support, we would not be able achieve our mission of improving and saving lives. Our luncheon includes a range of opportunities, each with unique benefits. For more information, click the button below and secure your sponsorship by May 1, 2024 to receive your full benefits.