Letter From Our Director

Mike Roaleen (Pictured)
Mike Roaleen (Pictured)

Dear reader,

Recovery Academy (RA) was founded on the belief that everyone has strengths, gifts, talents, and skills we can use to improve our lives.

Our staff and students realize that everyone is recovering from something. We all have experienced life difficulties: mental illness, trauma, addictions, illnesses. Our approach at Recovery Academy is that those with lived experience offer the most useful support. With this in mind, we offer classes, support groups, and mentoring for people in recovery by people in recovery.

All of the courses we offer are focused on learning about yourself and improving life skills needed to better manage your life. Our classes are highly interactive and students help each other. Classes are kept small (typically 6-15 students) and the entire course is often 6 weeks. You can start classes anytime in the class schedule, and do not have to wait until the next session. In addition, you may take as many classes as you want. We truly want to see you reach your goals.

What makes Recovery Academy different is that our program is an independent organization. We lost all government funding after 6 years, and it has pushed us to be innovative in our practices.  We are currently funded through a charitable gift from Doug Meijer and the Meijer Foundation. We are thankful for their support as well as the incredible support we receive from our students, staff, and volunteers.



Mike Roaleen
Director, Recovery Academy

Mike Roaleen is a social worker and community outreach specialist who has spent 40 years helping  individuals (students) through the struggles of addiction, something Mike has personal experience overcoming.