Why we started CooperRiis, a Non-profit Residential Healing Community…
Frustrated with the options we had encountered trying to help a loved one deal with mental health challenges; we launched a nonprofit to offer holistic and effective mental health treatment for others.
Together, we started CooperRiis, a non-profit residential healing community, and developed the kind of therapeutic program we wish we’d had for our family members. Drawing from influences both old and new, utilizing the unique skills of our professional staff, and continually learning from our residents and their families, the dream we had to help others has taken root and flourished.
When a loved one suffers, the entire family suffers…
When a loved one suffers, the entire family suffers – the challenges can make you feel like you’re left holding broken pieces that cannot be glued back together again. The mental health system we encountered was so challenging for our family that we decided there had to be a better way. We envisioned a healing community, a place where an individual isn’t defined by their psychiatric diagnosis, but by their talents, their personality, and their potential. We wanted to create a community where people could learn new ways of coping, establish more independence, and attain fulfillment through a comprehensive residential treatment program of holistic wellness, clinical care, and structured work opportunities.
Overcoming Hopelessness through Philanthropy
Thanks to the philanthropic generosity of so many, we were able to turn our frustration and hopelessness into action. It is gratifying to us that our struggle could be transformed into something so good and positive. Through the CooperRiis Healing Community, we have found our real passion and life’s work.
A Place where Hope is Restored
Seventeen years later, CooperRiis is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment center offering
Integrated Continuum of Care on three levels
- ‘CooperRiis at Asheville’, a clinical intensive short term model in Asheville. Out of network insurance benefits accepted.
The Residential Recovery Program, ‘The Farm’, a 94-are working farm in Mill Spring
The Asheville Community Program ‘ACP’, our transitional living program, set in 4 or 5 bedrooms staffed homes.
To learn more, call 844-522-1234
In November 2019, a virtual Supported College Program was added, a program for residents who want to pursue post-secondary education as part of their mental health recovery. Designed for individuals whose college experience has been interrupted or inhibited by mental health challenges, the College Program integrates educational services. It supports our dedicated approach to mental health treatment and within proximity to some of the region’s best colleges and universities.
We are proud that CooperRiis continues to be a place where people are free to be themselves, a place to learn and grow, and a place to recover. And, most of all – a place where hope is restored, for residents and their families.
With our gratitude,
Don Cooper and Lisbeth Riis Cooper