Honesty Liller is a woman in long-term recovery leading The McShin Foundation through example. Drug- and alcohol-free since May of 2007, Liller made it her life’s mission to serve and help heal those suffering from addiction, later becoming CEO of The McShin Foundation. Liller is responsible for community events, fundraising, advocacy and public relations and is a recovery coach to females in the program.
We got the opportunity to catch up with Liller on her inspirational work with the foundation and to learn a little more about the nonprofit’s needs.
What is the inspiration behind The McShin Foundation?
Founded in 2004, The McShin Foundation is Virginia’s leading full-service recovery community organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against substance use disorders. In addition to providing the tools for recovering individuals to create positive lifestyles, we aim to spread the word of recovery and educate families, communities and government while reducing the stigma. McShin is the only RCO in Virginia accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS). We are all in recovery ourselves, so the best inspiration is hope!
What resources does The McShin Foundation offer?
We offer same-day access to recovery support services including court advocacy, re-entry support, peer navigation, access to clinical services, food and clothing, transportation, workforce development, life skills, health/wellness activities (yoga, breathwork, sound healing and meditation) and family-focus skills. The primary focus is housing – we have 16 VARR-certified recovery homes. We also provide jail recovery programming in three local jails.
What kind of events do you host?
We host three fundraisers a year: a golf tournament, Recovery Fest and Silent Holiday Auction. We also have cookouts, advocacy days, movie screenings, alumni events and community relations events, including a Sober Space at Pride Fest and involvement with the Church Hill Irish Festival every year.
For more information on events, visit The McShin Foundation’s event calendar.
What is your biggest current need, and how will it help the organization achieve short- and long-term goals?
We are opening our first Pregnant and Parenting Recovery Home, “Destiny House,” in a couple of weeks. Our biggest need there is a minivan to help transport the women as well as their children to doctor’s appointments, meetings, etc. This will help support many services and make it an easier transition into recovery as well as parenthood.
How can the community get more involved in The McShin Foundation?
Check out our website, follow us on social media, attend events, advocate, donate and volunteer to facilitate groups for our participants.
To learn more about how you can support The McShin Foundation, visit www.mcshin.org.