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Rosecrance hires new Alumni Coordinator

Paul Gilmet recently joined the Rosecrance team as its Alumni Coordinator. Paul will work closely with Fr. Jim Swarthout in developing a new and robust menu of alumni services.

Paul graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He joins the team with a strong background in developing alumni programs within the treatment services setting.

He indicates there are so many ways that Rosecrance can serve clients once they leave treatment, whether through retreats, monthly gatherings, alumni chapters, networking events, recovery enhancement (including wellness, fitness, and meditation), social media engagement, or other social gatherings.

Though Paul is new to the Rosecrance team, he is already making steps towards change, and very literally too. SoulCycle Northshore recently held a charity ride for Rosecrance to support Red Ribbon Week and Paul participated in the event.

“I’ve seen so many people recover from addiction, stay well, and live purposeful and productive lives. In working with our alumni, I get to be reminded of that on a daily basis,” says Gilmet.

He adds, “People who have come out of the grips of addiction have a unique bond. Getting people connected, involved in events and activities together, and keeping them engaged in their Rosecrance recovery is just another way we can help our clients achieve lifelong recovery.”

While he may be spotted at any Rosecrance facility, he maintains an office at the Harrison Campus.

Fr. Jim's "Rosecrance Ripple Effect of Recovery"

Fr. Jim Swarthout, Director of Clergy & Alumni Relations

What’s the ripple effect? It’s the effect we have on family & friends because of what we do or say, and how “Life’s Waiting” each moment of our lives!

“Life’s Waiting” is our tag line. It invites us and our clients to believe in a new vision of the future. But, if you were asked to look back over your life and list some of your biggest regrets, what would come to mind? Continue reading “Fr. Jim’s “Rosecrance Ripple Effect of Recovery”” »

Rosecrance Alumni Reflection: Jam Alker

Rosecrance Alumni Jam Alker sings to clients January 18 at the Harrison Campus in Rockford. He shared his story about his experience during treatment and his time in recovery.

by Jam Alker

Addiction will sever connections to everything the addict loves, and that was certainly true in my case. I lost my connection to music during my years out there, so I don’t know what made me decide to bring my guitar with me when I finally went into treatment.

I didn’t know, but I think my counselor at Rosecrance, Nannatte Heshelman, had an inkling of what that guitar might do for me. Going into treatment, I was overwhelmed with shame. I knew Nannatte recognized this shame and that she understood the horrors of the disease of addiction. For the first time, I did not feel judged. Continue reading “Rosecrance Alumni Reflection: Jam Alker” »

SoulCycle Northshore supports recovery

SoulCycle Northshore recently held a charity ride for Rosecrance as part of Red Ribbon Week. Rosecrance’s Alumni Coordinator Paul Gilmet and Director of Outreach Mary Egan joined in on the class, as the instructor Joshua brought a powerful message of hope and inspiration to the riders. Thanks to SoulCycle’s support of those in recovery!

Rosecrance recovery stories shared at alumni picnic

Over fifty Rosecrance alumni, family members and staff gathered at Southwest Community Park in Rockford on August 10 for an alumni picnic. Current and former clients shared stories of recovery while attendees enjoyed a meal together.

Rosecrance staff (from left to right) Richard Franklin, Lisa Gutierrez, Madeline Jirak, Nathan Whinnery, and Denise Johnson.

Rosecrance Recovery Home Specialist Denise Johnson spoke about the importance of alumni events: “This is our first annual alumni picnic. I know how important it is those in recovery to have a network and stay connected. With help and support from staff and people from the meetings, you can stay clean.”

Alumni shared inspirational stories of their journeys from addiction to sobriety. Later in the afternoon activities included yard games with recovery-related prizes. Rosecrance plans to host more alumni events as their program continues to grow.