Rosecrance Alumni Program

About the Alumni Program

The Rosecrance Alumni Program is focused on helping alumni through a journey of lasting recovery. We provide information about activities, quarterly workshops, support groups and recovery-related community events. The Alumni Program is available to anyone who has completed substance abuse treatment at a Rosecrance facility and their family members.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Alumni Program, contact Fr. Jim Swarthout at or 815.708.1235.



Recovery Comedy
Attention Chicago Area Alumni! Looking for something fun to do on Thursday, March 22nd or Thursday, March 29th? Come out to the Laughing Matters Blackout Cabaret comedy event held at Second City. This a sober event, and a great way to join fellows in sobriety for a night of laughs. Click here for more information. All are welcome!


Friends of Recovery Event
Nearly 90 Rosecrance staff, donors, alumni and supporters gathered on March 8, 2018 for the Friends of Recovery celebration in the Homeplate Room at Wrigley Field. Click here to read about the event.


The Rev. James E. Swarthout, M. Div., MSW, CAADC, CIP

Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations

jimswarthoutThe Rev. James E. Swarthout is the Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations. In addition to his longtime experience as an Episcopal priest for the Diocese of Chicago, Swarthout has professional credentials in social work and addictions counseling. Swarthout has over 30 years of recovery work as a priest with addiction and mental health support. Swarthout’s résumé of community service is lengthy. Among many other things, he is on the Board of Directors of Sage YMCA of Metro Chicago, he is the founder of the St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership and a founding member of the board of directors of the National Diaper Bank Network. Email Rev. James E. Swarthout.


Paul Gilmet

Alumni Coordinator

Paul Gilmet recently joined the Rosecrance team as an Alumni Coordinator. Paul will work closely with Fr. Jim Swarthout in developing a new and robust menu of alumni services. He joins our team with a strong background in developing alumni programs within the treatment services setting. Paul indicates there are so many ways that we can serve our clients once they leave treatment, be it through retreats, monthly gatherings, alumni chapters, networking events, recovery enhancement (wellness, fitness, meditation), social media engagement, along with other social gatherings.

Outside of work, Paul enjoys distance running, fitness, golf, and music. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. While he may be spotted at any of our facilities, he has an office at the Harrison Campus. He can be reached at 815.387.2435 or – please feel free to be in touch.


Our Alumni Cafe meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at our Rosecrance Crystal Lake location.