MRCI
 
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Our mission

To normalize recovery through healthy and positive social interactions.

Our vision

An innovative leader in recovery who promotes self-actualization, healthy relationships, and positive social skills.

 

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Our Story

Minority Recovery Collective Inc. (MRCI, pronounced mercy), was founded in 2018 by Indianapolis, IN native, Natasha M. Cheatham. Inspired by her mother’s struggle with addiction and mental illness, Natasha started MRCI to provide safe and sober spaces for minorities in recovery to promote healthy and positive social re-integration.

With the recent surge of recovery programs and supports in response to the opioid epidemic, Natasha realized that current practices tend to neglect the aspect of social skills (re)development outside of 12 Step Programs. Because alcohol (and substance use in general) has been normalized by pop culture and is now embedded into the majority of social activities, those in recovery often feel that their social life is lacking. Making it that much harder to reintegrate into sober living, while reinforcing isolation and other detrimental behaviors.

 

Natasha M. Cheatham, Founder and her mother.

MRCI utilizes preventative measures geared towards youth (ages 12-17) and young adults (ages 18-29).


Recovery is about progression not perfection.
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We believe…

When recovery is attained, wellness sustains.

Starting your recovery journey is the first step to a lifelong committment of wellness. Your nutrition, mental health, financial security, home stability and physical wellness are all intertwined. It isn’t until we understand the necessity of balancing our lives that we will truly understand what it means to be whole.


 
 

Board of Directors

Our board of directors is comprised of individuals in recovery, conmunity members and businesses from throughout Indianapolis, IN.

 

Keith Baker
Owner, Fly Hefe Media

Yvette Markey
Founder, InTouch Outreach

Bianca Harris
LMHC, Stepping Stone Therapy Center

Joshua Thompson
Classical Pianist/Arts Educator