DAVID VAN DER VELDE
David got clean and sober when he was 19, close to death from his own struggles with addiction. Now 32 years clean and sober, he has been consistently active in his recovery community being mentored and mentoring others, served on recovery and youth related non-profit Boards such as LifeWorks and the West Hollywood Recovery Center, and served on panels at institutions speaking from his own experience about recovery.
Greg was our first employee and has been with us since 2016. He started out as our first house manager having successfully graduated a similar recovery home process several years prior himself, moved up to Director of Operations and at the beginning of 2023 was promoted to Director. Greg is a vital leader in our organization and sober community. Greg recently celebrated 11 years of sobriety and has gone back to school to get his masters degree to become a mental health and substance addiction clinician. He is evolving as our organization is and we couldn’t be happier for him.
Eli is a graduate of Awakening Recovery, served as our Assistant/Weekend Manager, and has been promoted to House Manager. Eli’s having been a resident in this house makes him the perfect mentor for resident issues that come up as he has the same lived experience.
David is a graduate of Awakening Recovery, has been our overnight assistant, and was recently promoted to Assistant House Manager. His knowledge of our recovery home and unique ability to understand what our residents are going through helps make our residents feel safe as they progress through the house.