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SHE RECOVERS® Foundation Presents

Rising Rooted: Redefining Recovery With the Next Generation


We are redefining recovery for the next generation of recovering women and we are shifting the paradigm. We are broadening the scope of recovery beyond addiction to include healing from mental health issues, trauma, substance use, and other life challenges. 

We are embracing individualized pathways and patchworks of recovery and rejecting systems that create barriers to wellness. We recognize recovery as a holistic experience that exists on both a spectrum and a continuum.

We are rooted in the wisdom of those who have walked this path of healing before us, and we envision a future with early intervention and recovery strengthening opportunities within recovery-oriented systems of care. 

We are rising, and we need our voices to be heard now. We need accessible resources and the relentless support of those willing to ensure we can all rise rooted in recovery. 

There is no greater source of inspiration or influence than women recovering out loud.

Rise with us on March 8, 2024. 

This International Women’s Day, join us and the change-makers of today to explore how we can ensure the next and future generations rise rooted in recovery! Let’s listen to their stories and talk about early intervention opportunities for young women including group support programs, recovery communities, personal development, recovery education, and recovery practices that focus on holistically healing the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. 

This online event puts the voices and recovery stories of young women and non-binary individuals who identify with women’s communities front and center. This is an opportunity to learn from them, to hold their truth, to honor their recovery, and to follow their lead as they change the world. 

We need to listen to the next generation.

Young women are telling us that what they need most is identity-based resources, professionals who understand the imperative of finding and following their own individualized pathways and patchworks of recovery, and peer-supported opportunities for connection.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that early intervention for mental health issues in young women can lead to improved outcomes, including reduced symptoms, improved functioning, and better quality of life. 

We need to start supporting the next generation now.

We know that ease of access to resources and support substantially increases the next generation’s chance of realizing long-term recovery. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says, “given the significant health consequences of loneliness and isolation, we must prioritize building social connection the same way we have prioritized other critical public health issues such as tobacco and substance use.” 

In the spirit of redefining recovery, we gather on March 8, 2024, to acknowledge our past, examine our present, and inspire infinite possibilities for the future of women’s recovery support. Young women know what they want, together we can create systems of care that enable us all to rise rooted in recovery.

This event is free for everyone to attend. Donations to the SHE RECOVERS Foundation are much appreciated—your gift will help us to raise critical funds needed to create programming and resources for the next generation.

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  • Redefine recovery by bringing awareness to intersecting issues specific to the next generation of women in mental health and addiction recovery
  • Amplify youth voices in recovery
  • Explore the concepts of resilience and purpose in recovery
  • Highlight organizations supporting women’s recovery on a global scale
  • Provide an opportunity for community, connection, and celebration through additional programming ( watch party ) 

We look forward to a heart-opening program full of critical dialogue, inspirational stories from young women and non-binary individuals, and thought provoking questions about what it means to support the next generation of women to rise rooted in recovery.

The Speakers


Herren Project


Natalie DeLaCruz (she/they) is an experienced activist, passionate college student, and resilient DEI advocate. Natalie graduated high school a year early to pursue her passion of making the world more equitable and just. At just 19 years old, Natalie is now a third year student at Northeastern University where they are a Political Science & Human Services major and Spanish minor. Natalie has worked as Herren Project’s Youth Engagement Specialist where they run the Youth Ambassador program and host the Purple Effect Podcast.

Natalie has had the honor to moderate the 2022 Mobilize Recovery panel on Centering Youth Voices in the Recovery Movement and present at ARHE’s 2023 conference about Building More Inclusive Recovery Communities for Young People. As an activist, Natalie has worked in politics at all levels and organized protests for Stop Asian Hate & against the Don’t Say Gay law. Extremely passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Natalie serves as Northeastern Student Government Association’s Vice President of DEI, where she is overseeing a policy proposal to create a Women’s Center on campus. She also serves as a LeanonMe Peer Supporter, Research Assistant in the Belonging and Social Identities Lab, and their chapter of Student Demand Action’s Advocacy Lead.

After struggling with their mental health and substance use starting at age 12, Natalie has been in recovery for over six years. They hope to continue to break the stigma and connect historically marginalized communities to recovery resources.



Association of Recovery in Higher Education


Dr. CJ holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration. She is also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and credited with being a founding member and coordinator of Aggies for Recovery, the first collegiate recovery community at an HBCU, at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Dr. CJ is an advocate for dialogue regarding the current trends and topics in the field of addiction, recovery, and substance misuse.

As a woman of color, she prides herself on bringing awareness to BIPOC issues within the field. In her role as collegiate recovery champion, she provides consultation and expertise regarding innovative programming relevant to diverse campus culture. As a recovery advocate for collegiate recovery at HBCUs, Dr. CJ is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience in the areas of addiction and recovery among people of color. In her career as an Assistant Professor, Dr. CJ strives to identify, expand, and replicate the success of collegiate recovery on more– and hopefully one day all– HBCU campuses. Her other professional interests are working with veterans, identity development, biofeedback training, relaxation techniques, life-long recovery, and wellness.


Caroline Beidler, MSW (she/her)

 Circle of Chairs


Caroline Beidler, MSW is an author, recovery advocate, and founder of the storytelling platform Circle of Chairs. She is the author of Downstairs Church: Finding Hope in the Grit of Addiction and Trauma Recovery and her next book is launching in the fall of 2024. She is passionate about leading women into greater healing, transformation, and recovery.

With almost 20 years in leadership within social work and ministry, she is currently a consultant with JBS International and also a team writer for the Grit and Grace Project and blogger at the global recovery platform In the Rooms, along with founder and visionary of the annual International Women’s Day Global Recovery Event presented by the She Recovers Foundation. Caroline lives in Eastern Tennessee with her husband and twins where she enjoys hiking in the mountains and building up her community’s local recovery ministry.



University of Calgary


I am an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary (UCalgary), and the founder and director of the UCalgary Recovery Community (UCRC), and Recovery on Campus Alberta (ROC). As a registered social worker, educator, researcher, and engaged activist, I have worked in the areas of homelessness and addiction-recovery for over 15 years.

I combine my lived experience of addiction, recovery, and disability with a passion for creative, community-based participatory methodologies, to reduce stigma for marginalized populations in scholarly and mainstream spaces alike.



Rise Recovery


After many years of homelessness and going in and out of jail I realized I was sick and tired of living a life that lead me nowhere. On June 30, 2020 I made the life-saving decision to walk into the rooms of recovery.

Since coming into the rooms, I have gained the knowledge of knowing that I wasn’t alone and I don’t have to go through this alone. I moved into my first sober living home on July 27, 2020. I can honestly say that I owe my life and every blessing I have received to my recovery, my network and my family. Through the strength of my Higher Power and the fellowship I have gain a new sense of what my purpose is in life, and that purpose is to share my experience, strength and hope with anyone and everyone who needs to hear this life saving message.

Event Schedule

Land Acknowledgement

Welcome with Nia Patterson and Caroline Beidler

Intro to storytelling sessions round one with Shilo George

Story-telling sessions facilitated by Cassandra James Weathersby

Bio & intentional movement break facilitated by The Phoenix

Introduction to policy update with Ashley Miller of Shatterproof & SHE RECOVERS Youth Action Committee Member

Shout-outs to watch parties and supporters with Nia Patterson

Bio & intentional movement break facilitated by The Phoenix

Story-telling youth panel sessions facilitated by Meghann Perry

Swag Give-a-ways

Gratitude and invitation to attend afterparty and keep the conversation going with Caroline Beidler

Closing remarks with Nia Patterson

A Deep Bow of Gratitude to Our Event Supporters



Want to help the SHE RECOVERS Foundation and the next generation of women to rise rooted in recovery?

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If you would like to help recovering women from around the world find community, connect, and celebrate this International Women’s Day, we invite you to fill out the corresponding application form. 

Your contributions will bolster our event intentions of redefining recovery, addressing issues affecting the next generation of recovering women, amplifying young women’s voices in recovery, and creating awareness around developments in trauma, mental health, and addiction recovery on a global scale.  

Registration Open Now!

Get ready to be inspired on March 8, 2024.

Support our lifeline organization and the women we serve by attending the event or making a donation. All are encouraged and welcome to participate. 

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