Evergreen Recovery Centers has for a half century led the way in creating new solutions for more than 100,000 persons with substance use disorders.
Evergreen Recovery Centers has grown from a small recovery house in Everett, in 1973 to serving more than 8,000 individuals annually in Western Washington. Our nonprofit organization now has six locations in Everett, three in Lynnwood, and programs in Tacoma, Seattle, and Mount Vernon. Our services include:
- Harm reduction outreach and diversion programs–PCAP , LEAD and HOST–to reach persons not yet intending to change.
- Behavioral health assessment, including legal assessments and education.
- Outpatient treatment.
- Deferred prosecution, family drug court, and drug screening.
- Residential programs for pregnant and parenting women with children and Legacy Lodge for men with addiction and mental health issues.
- Medically monitored withdrawal management (“detox”) for persons with serious symptoms requiring 24-hour nursing and medical care to withdraw from drugs and facilitate linkages to appropriate treatment.
- Health services providing low barrier, comprehensive psychiatric and medical and adjunctive care exclusively for persons with substance use and mental health disorders.
- Continuing care programs with housing and educational supports.
Utilizing holistic, integrated, compassionate care, we give hope and deliver effective person-centered treatment for substance use disorders–before, during, and after initiating recovery.
Evergreen Recovery Centers will transform treatment for persons with substance use disorders and their families, promoting whole person care, healthy parenting and early childhood experiences, low barrier access to primary health care, and ongoing innovation and quality improvement.
Removing stigma and shame associated with addiction and mental illness will improve equitable access to all forms of health care. To this end, we will operate our programs and workplaces with accountability, honesty, and transparency. We will support the culture, values, and languages of each individual, being responsible to all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity or expression, disability, economic status, culture, or other differences. We are committed to promoting a healthy workplace reflecting these values as well as expressing them in our services.
Evergreen Recovery Centers (initially known as Evergreen Manor) began in 1973 as a small recovery house in Everett, Washington for homeless persons, cared for and run by several local individuals also in early recovery.
1973 With two recovery houses in the Riverside district of Everett, the organizers incorporated as Evergreen Manor (EM), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
1975 Evergreen was awarded its first State Alcoholism Office contract for recovery house services at its house on Summit Avenue in Everett.
1981 to 1986 Evergreen opened a small outpatient office on Summit Avenue, followed by construction of two new buildings to house a detox and licensed recovery house program on Summit Avenue. Construction was possible through the help of the Boeing Employees Community Fund.
1985 Evergreen was the first residential program to admit a pregnant women to residential treatment.
1986 Evergreen was funded to take over the County’s detox services in Building C on Summit Avenue.
1992 Walt Crosby, Executive Director, retired after 15 years. Teresa Wharton was appointed to succeed as Executive Director.
1999 The Summit campus was renovated to add a daycare and classroom spaces in preparation for opening the State’s first residential facility solely for Pregnant and Parenting Women. The program was part of a legislative pilot project called CPEP.
1999 Evergreen was selected to partner in Snohomish County’s first Adult Drug Court, providing treatment, TASC services and drug testing for persons with felonies.
2001 Evergreen’s outpatient program expanded into a second location on Wall Street in downtown Everett. Linda Grant was hired as Executive Director.
2002 With a 15-year forgivable loan from the City of Everett, opened Colby House, a clean and sober house for homeless men in outpatient treatment.
2004 Evergreen acquired the first of 6 houses surrounding the Summit campus to meet the vision of the expansion of the residential facility for moms with children.
2006 Evergreen purchased a house on Everett Avenue, adjacent to the Summit campus, to serve as a transitional residence for male drug court participants. Today it houses graduates from the Pregnant and Parenting Women’s program and their families who have completed residential treatment and are waiting for housing to become available.
2007 Evergreen expanded outpatient treatment to open a Lynnwood office with 5 staff.
2008 Evergreen established onsite SBIRT and treatment referral services at Snohomish County Community Health Centers offices.
2009 Developed “Living Recovery,” a unique outpatient curricula for pregnant and parenting women, integrating services for relationships, trauma, and mindfulness with relapse prevention. Daycare and early childhood prevention services were incorporated into this specialized women’s program.
2013 Instituted jail-based intensive treatment at Snohomish County Jail.
2014 The nonprofit corporation was renamed Evergreen Recovery Centers (ERC) to reflect its growth in locations and services.
2015 ERC was awarded continuation of the Parent-Child Assistance Programs in King and Pierce Counties previously operated by the University of Washington Fetal Alcohol and Drug Use research project.
2017 Renovated and opened a 16-bed medically supervised withdrawal management program in Lynnwood, WA.
2018 Renovated and opened Legacy Lodge in Mt. Vernon to provide long-term residential treatment to men with co-occurring mental health disorders.
2019 Received a grant from Perigee Fund to hire an Infant Mental Health Specialist at the residential program for women with children and to train all the staff under Harvard Medical School’s Brazelton Touchstones program.
2020 Awarded the contract for outreach and case management services for the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Project (LEAD) for Snohomish County and Everett and Lynnwood Police Departments.
2021 Obtained a rezone of our properties in the Riverside District and the Everett City Council approved a street vacation. These accomplishments facilitated an expansion of our Pregnant and Parenting Women’s Program to property purchased across the street.
2020 Commenced medication assisted treatment (MAT), psychiatric evaluation, and physical health services at the Lynnwood Detox location.
Today Evergreen Recovery Centers is constructing a 27,500 square foot facility on Summit Avenue to house 18 more parenting women and expand capacity for children in residence from 12 to 50. This will enable more children to receive early childhood interventions to break the cycle of intergenerational family trauma. The new facility will be named “Evergreen Manor” to retain its original name at this location.