Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (WRAP) is a Recovery Community Organization (RCO). Our representation consists of people in recovery, family and friends of recovering persons, and other allies of recovery in Washtenaw County. Our mission is to advocate for those affected by substance use disorder to policy makers at all levels of government, open doors and break down barriers to recovery by promoting multiple pathways, reduce the stigma associated with addiction through the engagement and education of our communities about the truth behind substance use disorder, in turn changing the face of addiction to one of recovery.
Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project envisions a world free from the stigma of addiction. One where those with and affected by substance use disorder have a loud voice to be heard clearly by the makers of our nation’s public policies. A world where substance use disorder and those affected by substance use disorder are accepted, understood, appreciated, and loved by their communities. Communities where those seeking treatment are dealt with fairly and equitably, and a society where multiple pathways to the road of recovery are wide ranging and easily accessible.
The Board of Directors of WRAP is a working board that is responsible for the overall policy, direction, and affairs of WRAP, and delegates’ responsibility of day-to-day operations to the Program Manager and staff.
Angela joined WRAP in 2016 so she could stay involved with the community. She is a former employee of Home of New Vision and currently works at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, working with clients with substance use disorders. Angela is passionate about advocacy and has been to Lansing and Washington, D.C. to advocate with Unite to Face Addiction Michigan and the Addiction Policy Forum. Angela loves being involved with WRAP’s events, and especially loves the recovery walk at Liberty Plaza because so many people and organizations come together.
Matt Hill is a program manager for the Center for Health and Research Transformation. He manages all Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Mental Health related programs that fall under the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI). In doing so, Matt supports the WHI Opioid Project, a community based coalition that aims to help address the opioid epidemic locally, as well as the Washtenaw County SUD System Transformation Initiative.
Madalyn is currently an MBA student at EMU and a project coordinator for EMU Bright Futures, an after-school program servicing the Ypsilanti, Romulus, and Wayne-Westland school districts. She works to ensure the program continues to maintain all standards for their five grants. She also plans to attend veterinary school next fall to become a large animal veterinarian. Madalyn is an ally to the recovery community and hopes to aid in creating more programming for family and friends, helping with education and support.
Amber Horwitz is a prevention educator for Engage@EMU as well as a clinical therapist for Renew Therapeutic Solutions. As a certified prevention specialist Amber provides prevention education with a focus on ATOD to a variety of populations including highschool, college and local community populations. As a clinical therapist Amber provides individual therapy for clients struggling with grief, trauma and other life transitions. Amber's passion project lies with her role as co-founder of a local non-profit, Proud Parents of Loss which provides a monthly stigma-free grief group for parents who have lost a child, in honor of her daughter Harper. Amber is a person in long-term recovery (June 2008) which helps to fuel her passion for advocating for recovery services in Washtenaw County.
Alexa is currently attending Eastern Michigan University's BSW program. She is a Detox Counselor at Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center and also the creator/ coordinator of Dawn Farm's Young and Sober program, which caters towards the young people of Washtenaw County. Alexa is a recovery ally who is passionate about removing barriers and reducing the stigma towards addiction, especially in the African American community. She joined WRAP in 2020 with goals of educating the community while also being a stronger advocate for those struggling with substance use disorders.
Dave Kuhn is a person in long-term recovery that works at the Home of New Vision Engagement Center. He has been there since 2012 and in that time has linked many people to recovery treatment programs and support. Dave has been in recovery for 10 years and has been with the WRAP team since it was founded, volunteering for projects and events that help to support the recovery community.
Tiffany is the Program Coordinator at Dawn Farm's Spera Recovery Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Spera is a social detox which utilizes 12-step philosophy and aims to align itself with Dawn Farm's mission of assisting addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery and identifying and removing barriers that prevent addicts and alcoholics from joining the recovering community. Tiffany has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2015 and is passionate about advocacy and reducing the stigma often associated with finding and receiving addiction treatment of adequate quality and duration.
Matthew Statman LMSW, CAADC is University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program Manager and Lecturer at the Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work. Matt also is a private social work practitioner and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with his BSW in 2009 and received his MSW from the University of Michigan in 2010. Matt is a person in recovery who has spent his career helping those with substance use disorders initiate and sustain recovery.
WRAP Program Manager
Sara Szczotka manages the Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project through Home of New Vision. She is a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor through MCBAP and is a state certified trainer for MDHHS’s Peer Recovery Coach certification program. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Eastern Michigan University,
Ryan Sawicki is a person in long-term recovery and is a program assistant for Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project through Home of New Vision. He originally started as a volunteer for WRAP, helping with events and attending their meetings. Ryan is also a certified peer recovery coach and passionate about meeting people where they are at and helping them to achieve recovery in whatever pathway they feel fits them best.