The DC Recovery Community Alliance (DCRCA) focuses on providing individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to guide, mentor and support others in their journey towards long term recovery. The organization’s Mission is to provide sustained personal, organizational, and community wellness and recovery to the people of the District of Columbia through service, education and training, advocacy, and celebration.
Who We Are
What We Do
DCRCA provides support for people seeking wellness and recovery from the effects of substance use and/or mental health challenges in a safe and affirming environment. Individuals come together in their communities, receive one-to-one peer support, obtain information and life skills helpful to their individual path to wellness and recovery, and make a difference in the lives of others in recovery.
DCRCA is sensitive to the differences among ethnic, racial, and linguistic groups and has understanding and awareness of how people’s cultural backgrounds, beliefs, traditions, socioeconomic status, history, and other factors affect their needs and how they respond to services generally used to describe interventions or practices. Nearly all of DCRCA’s recovery support services (RSS) providers are in long-term recovery. Our coaches are in continuous training to increase their knowledge base and share recovery life experiences and best practices.
Meet Our Team
A native Washingtonian, Ms. Potts has held leadership positions throughout her career in the District government and the nonprofit sector including the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, the American Red Cross, For Love of Children, the Washington Convention Center Authority, and the Democratic National Committee. At the Shakespeare Theatre she helped develop the inaugural community arts presentation, Shakespeare, Free for All, which achieved critical acclaim as a community presentation for traditional Shakespeare for non-traditional audiences performed at the legendary Carter Barron Amphitheater. She is a former member of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and was the first president of the Friends of Carter Barron and today, continues to support the efforts to reopen the famous amphitheater.
Currently, she is president of the board of the DC Recovery Community Alliance (DCRCA) which supports sustained recovery for DC citizens who suffer with alcohol and substance use disorder and has secured funding to open the first peer operated Recovery Support Center in the District of Columbia for returning citizens. This is known as the Peer Operated Center for Excellence (POCE) and has significance as an opportunity for recovering individuals to have training as recovery coaches, to engage with others who seek recovery, to server the provider community as well as the community at-large to educate and advocate for sustained recovery in the District of Columbia.
His career includes five decades of civic, political, business and healthcare interests. As the President of the Johnson Institute, a policy organization, Mr. Allem developed and conducted training for more than 3,000 “Recovery Ambassadors.” Allem’s addiction recovery story is featured in Gary Stromberg’s book: Second Chances: Top Executives Share Their Stories of Addiction and Recovery.”
homes. She assisted in opening 43 DC/MD Oxford Houses. She is a woman in long term recovery who has been in recovery since 1999 and has worked with Oxford House, Inc. since 2000, recipient of the 2005 Oxford House Founders Award. Anna is a true ambassador for women in recovery. She radiates the power of recovery and transformation every day. Anna is a trainer in Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator and CCAR Recovery Coaching Trainer. Anna is in here 4th year training to become a Core Energetics Practitioner. She has had many opportunities to work with community organizations and leaders to promote the societal benefits of
prevention, treatment and recovery for substance abuse and mental illness. One of Anna’s passions in life is to be a continuous educator of hope and persistence and shares her experiences freely. Along with devoting her spirited knowledge to Oxford House, she has also created a successful 12-Step bible study called Life Recovery at her local church. Anna is also a Reiki Master Teacher and a founding member of District of Columbia Recovery Community Alliance (DCRCA).