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WIN Recovery a Authorized Member of the SAFE House Network




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WIN Recovery insures a Safe Living Foundation and prepares formally incarcerated women in recovery with vital life skills to transform and to re-integrate back into the community as productive members.


The WIN Recovery Program services provide a recovery and re-entry foundation:  Drug-Free Environment, Self Help Involvement, Peer Mentoring, Service (volunteer) Work, assistance with employment searches, and the pursuit of educational learning opportunities. Through our influential efforts at W.I.N (Women in Need) Recovery our motivation and dedication are to help provide a start to a new way of life


WIN Recovery Re-Entry Program’s intended goals are to provide a stable living environment by providing housing for homeless women that are successfully completing substance abuse treatment and/or being released from prison who are being re-acclimated to the community.


The WiN Recovery and Re-Entry Program outcomes decreases the relapse rate and recidivism rate by providing housing for their clients who are homeless in Champaign County. By the end of year one, WIN Program will provide at least 6-7 women a stable living environment that will give them the opportunity to build a strong recovery-based program that offers guidance, education, and training that will prepare them for a successful transition back into the community.Upon completion of our program, we assert that our clients will have a higher success rate, and a much happier life, than those who are left to battle their addiction without our help.





Inclusive for all women.

WIN Recovery program provides long-term  housing for the Women Population and the LGBTQ Population who identify as women.



WiN Recovery program requires clients to attend Peer Facilitated Support Groups.  The peer facilitated group uses curriculum that’s been proven by evidence base research to be effective.   The Peer Facilitated Support Groups offer our clients an opportunity to discover their self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem.



The Real Life Parenting Skills Program provides practical guidance on issues and ways we can develop realistic action plans with our children.  One of the biggest hurdles for those of us who are recovering from alcoholism or an addiction is restoring our relationship with our children.  We must rebuild shattered trust, but even more basic, we may need to learn, or re-learn, how to treat our children with love and respect.  There are 3 Focuses: Building Trust, Handling Anger, & Setting Rules and Limits.


All my Money Change for the Better curriculum is a financial management program for persons working with limited-resource audience.  The curriculum was designed for University of Illinois Extention to provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.  The curriculum has won two awards National Outstanding Educational Program Award and Associaion for inancial Counseling and planning Education.  Personal Financial Group provides clients on how to establish a savings and/or checking accounts and how to manage and keep their account in good standing.  The group offers our client direction on how to budget their income to ensure financial stability once our clients establish independence.



Making A Difference and WiN Recovery

WiN Recovery Program provides clients with Peer Mentorship.  Peer Mentorship serves as leaders and provides guidance for the clients weekly.  During these sessions their focus will be on providing additional assistance that the client may need, such as attaining Birth Certificates, ID’s, Unemployment Services, Public Health Services, and Department of Human Services Resources. 

They will discuss the client future goals and formulate a Transition Plan to ensure their success.  Throughout their participation in the program the client and peer leader will collaborate and will review and modify their plans as the clients grow and make progress.


Peer Mentors will assist client in creating an Accountability Plan, this plan holds the client accountable for all requirements placed by any agencies that the client is required to participate with, such as Carle Addiction After Care, Roscrance Outpatient, Drug Court, DCFS, etc.


The WiN Recovery clients will choose a local non-profit organization to volunteer weekly.  To show gratitude for the Community support that is provided to WiN Recovery Program, WiN Recovery will show their appreciation by giving back to the same community that supported and believed in WiN Recovery.  The service/volunteer work teaches the client to dedicate their time selflessly and teaches the client the understanding Volunteer work provides clients to understand the unity of communities.  The service work teaches the client to dedicate their time selflessly.


Women in Need Recovery program focuses on building a foundation for women in poverty, which have barriers in life due to addiction.Our program prepares women to work on rebuilding their lives with their family and children. Most of our clients are victims of the system and have suffered in poverty and are trying to find a way out.Our organization is providing a program that will give hope to our clients.They will be given the ability to change the course that their life is currently headed for.


Web Application Development Manager


Paul Thornhill has earned a B.A.S Business at Depaul University.  He is U of I ITLW Program graduate, completed the University MGRDev Program with honors.   Paul currently works as a Web Application Development Manager, Extension. University of Illinois.  Paul has 20 years of work in technical and systems development. He has 6 years of project and strategic technical leadership, and 7 years of team supervision. He is skilled influencer of complex strategies across many subject areas and organizational structure. Effective hands-on leadership with success implementing innovative, strategic initiatives in a multidisciplinary environment. Strong, intuitive and perceptive business analyst and team leader creating strategies, timelines, modeling solutions, scheduling production, budgeting, and allocating resources. Tenacious and collaborative leader who is able to create teams, identify and remove impediments, and provide guidance to the best possible solutions providing the highest standards of quality.

Marla Elmore

Assistant Superintendent

Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center


Marla Elmore has earned a 1992 Bachelor of Arts in Teaching University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL. In 1995 she received her Master of Education Degree University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Marla currently works at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, as Assistant Superintendent for the past 10 years.  She has experience working with people that are struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues, crisis resolutions, domestic violence and abuse and neglect criminal thinking, individuals in the justice system (adult and juvenile), individual and group therapy.  Marla is experienced in taking assessment, diagnosis, case management, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and verbal de-escalation.

Emily Cross Vayr

Development Director

Champaign County CASA


Emily Cross Vayr is the Development Director for Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates and believes all women deserve a chance at a healthy and productive life. She is the President-Elect of Junior League of CU and serves on Champaign West Rotary and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has her Master's from University of Illinois-Springfield.


Addiction Counselor

Roxanne Grantham has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern University in 1984.  Roxanne is currently an addiction counselor at Carle Addiction Recovery Center for 9 years.  She has experience in providing addiction counseling services.  She provides individual, group counseling to adults, children, adolescents, and families.  She manages caseloads to community referral sources.  Roxanne has experience facilitating Intensive Outpatient Programs, Inpatient Programs, and Outpatient Programs

Founder/Executive Director

Bethany Britton graduated in December 2018, from the University of Illinois Master’s MSW Program with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health.  In 2017, she received her bachelor’s in communication from the University of Illinois.  She was awarded the YMCA Bailey’s Fellowship, for her service in creativity passion, and commitment through community organization.  The 2017 Fred H. Turner Leadership Award was awarded as she proceeded to complete her bachelor degree.   In 2018 she was awarded Roxie A. Watson Student Leadership Award for succeeding in academic pursuit despite encountering her person obstacles. While working toward her MSW, she founded the non-profit organization “Women in Need Recovery”.  Bethany was inspired to make a change due to her own experience of despair with homeless and involvement with the justice system.  She began to pursue transitional housing for women and LGBTQ population who are being discharged from treatment or released from Jail and/or prison. 

Paul Thornhill

Director, Education Justice Project 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of California at Berkeley. It was while she was a graduate student at Berkeley that she first became involved in prison education.   Rebecca Ginsburg is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a co-founder and current director of the Education Justice Project (EJP), a unit of the College of Education. EJP offers for-credit courses and a range of extracurricular activities to men incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security state prison. EJP also does outreach with family members and friends of incarcerated people and promotes critical discussion of issues related to incarceration and criminal justice on campus and in the community. Almost one hundred faculty, graduate students, and staff from across campus are involved in delivering these programs. They, along with incarcerated EJP students, also produce scholarship on higher education in prison and related topics.

Rebecca Ginsburg

Bryan Vayr

Attorney, Heyl Royster


Bryan focuses his practice on civil litigation, with a focus on complex civil rights, governmental defense, and professional liability. Much of his practice entails defending government, law enforcement, and educational institutions in cases alleging violations of civil rights in state and federal court. Bryan joined Heyl Royster in 2017 after receiving his J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law and B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois-Springfield. 

WIN Recovery Technical Advisor

& CNN Hero Susan Burton

Drawing on her personal experiences, she founded A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (ANWOL) in 1998 dedicating her life to helping others break the cycle of incarceration. ANWOL provides resources such as housing, case management, employment, legal services, leadership development and community organizing on behalf of, and with, people who struggle to rebuild their lives after incarceration. Susan has earned numerous awards and honors for her work. In 2010, she was named a CNN Top Ten Hero and received the prestigious Citizen Activist Award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a recipient of both the Encore Purpose Prize (2012) and the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award (2014). In 2015, on the 50th Anniversary of Selma and the Voting Rights Act, Susan Burton was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of eighteen New Civil Rights Leaders in the nation. Released in 2017, her memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton received a 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in the category of Biography/Autobiography. Becoming Ms. Burton is also the recipient of the inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

Founder, Executive Director

A New Way of Life Re-Entry


Champaign, IL, USA

Champaign, IL, USA

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