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At CooperRiis, we heal. We are a place where individuals are not defined by their psychiatric diagnosis but by their talents, personality, and potential When you donate to CooperRiis. You support our person-centered recovery model with the belief that mental health recovery is much more than just healing the mind. Diet, exercise, education on self-esteem, hope, and social and living skills all play a part. This model is the foundation we sought to create with CooperRiis.

As a private, nonprofit healing center, donations are essential to maintain an attractive, clean, and welcoming living environment, along with a working farm, woodshop, and art building. Your gift to CooperRiis will make a difference in an overwhelmed family’s life and give hope to residents tackling complex mental health challenges.

CooperRiis Healing Community is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

“The work you all are doing at CooperRiis is TRULY life-changing. I can hardly believe I have my son back and my family intact. After years of denial and many rock bottoms, our son finally asked for help. When he did, CooperRiis was there. My son was treated with respect and dignity. He is now working full time, managing meds, staying sober and healthy, and working toward independence. We are forever indebted to CooperRiis (Heaven on Earth).”

Ways to Give

Donate Online

If you are interested in supporting our mission, click here to donate online by credit card with a one time gift or a recurring donation.

You may also contact our Development Director, Stephanie Wilensky, to discuss your offering of support such as a stock gift. Stephanie can be reached at or call 828-899-0730

Planned Giving

We appreciate the philanthropy of individuals who wish to offer multi-year pledges of support through endowments and other forms of giving.

Please download our Planned Giving Form (PDF) and return it to CooperRiis using the included instructions.

Donor Advised Funds

You can also donate through Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and connect your account to gift directly to CooperRiis.

Mail a check directly to CooperRiis
PO Box 600 Mill Spring, NC 28756

 Founder’s Legacy Statement

Our founders, Don Cooper and Lisbeth Riis Cooper created CooperRiis in 2003 in response to the challenges they faced in getting their loved one the proper mental health treatment they needed. They based their vision on the concept of the Therapeutic Community Model, believing that mental health recovery was more than just healing the mind. This legacy statement will guide future board members to not only make good and well-informed decisions if changes are necessary, but they hope it will guide them; in that, any divergence from their original vision should be done so cautiously. Some of the Cooper’s guiding principles are: offering the best mental health services with the best and most qualified staff possible, offering a “first class” facility where residents can feel welcomed and respected, having a focus on mental health as the primary diagnosis, and if there is a substance use disorder it must be secondary, always being a non-profit organization, and separation of management and board with the board providing strategic support and guidance to the president.

Please take a moment to review this document to learn more about the vision the Coopers have for CooperRiis’ Healing Communities.

Contact Us

CooperRiis Healing Community is a 501(c)(3) organization that fully complies with federal and state laws and regulations regarding fundraising. 


See our fundraising policy statements. If you would like to learn more about how we are committed to being good stewards of your support, feel free to give us a call at 828-899-0730.


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Stephanie Wilensky, BA
Development Director
“When asked the question, Describe your recovery experience at CooperRiis, the most frequent response from alumni, 'I was treated as an individual,' and, when asked, Would you recommend CooperRiis to others, overwhelmingly, the answer was, yes!”

Thank you for supporting our healing community.
Your gift provides pathways to recovery and independence.