Continuing Recovery Center
202 Central St, Irving IL, 62051
Continuing Recovery Center (CRC) began as just a dream of two women who were recovering alcoholics themselves, which then became a reality. Our doors opened in June of 1987 a block away from the center of a town of 600 people near Hillsboro, about 55 miles north of St Louis. CRC has served over 900 alcoholics and addicts.In a discarded red brick schoolhouse, a handful of adult “students” took the most important change in the course of their lives. The Continuing Recovery Center, housed in what was once a grade school, now offers support to recovering alcoholics and addicts who are sober and determined to stay that way. Conversion of the vacant Irving school into a residence for recovering addicts was something two women named Mary felt was necessary. Both Mary’s had struggles with addiction, in particular alcohol. When they founded the center, they felt they had overcome their addiction and wanted to share their success with others. The founders were Mary Kay Sinclair who was a former newspaper production worker and previously a resident of Hillsboro and Mary Howard who had retired as a coal miner. These women had given up so much just to pursue this endeavor of having a treatment center for those who are suffering from the disease of alcoholism and addiction who need the added support during the crucial months following sobriety. A series of people have shepherded to the center since it's opening. Among those was Jesse Kershaw, to whom the building was dedicated to in October of 1992.