LIVED EXPERIENCE GUIDES THE WAY
Who We Are
We understand that people experiencing homelessness, while struggling with addiction, want help but lack opportunities to access help relevent to their challenging circumestances.
Compassionate Addiction Treatment is committed to removing barriers to care and providing wholistic opportunities for recovery from substance use disorders.
Led by people with lived experience
Compassionate Addiction Treatment (CAT) works toward health equity, and strives to provide opportunity to access recovery and supportive services in an innovative, trauma informed environment. Certified Peer Counselors, through their own lived experience, are at the center of all that we do.
An Advisory Board, made up of people who are or have experienced homelessness while searching for opportunity for Recovery from addiction, provide guidance and insight to attain our mission. Recovery Community members’ self-advocacy is encouraged and supported through participation on the Advisory Board.
The team at Compassionate Addiction Treatment is representative of the people we provide services to. Approximately 90% of our team are in recovery, and more than 70% of our team have experienced homelessness. Collectively we represent that we do recover.
— Our Mission
Our mission is to provide compassionate, holistic care to people suffering from substance use disorders in a safe and therapeutic environment. Focused on removing barriers to treatment, people will be empowered to engage in recovery and live life to their fullest potential.
Bringing community connection to support the building of trust, hope and personal empowerment to people experiencing houselessness, combined with addiction, are primary goals of CAT.
— Our Vision
We envision a world in which people experiencing homelessness can work towards their personal goals of housing and healing, free from stigma. In this world we envision, support, compassion, and encouragement from our community as a whole decreases the challenges faced while homeless, allowing people to more rapidly stabalize and have the opportunity to live the life they dream of.
— Our Story
Hallie Burchinal (a co-founder and Executive Director) shares her story of living houseless as a teenager, and experiences that led to the creation of Compassionate Addiction Treatment. Event: march for Humanizing Homeless. April 24, 2021
Hallie Burchinal, SUDP
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CO-FOUNDER
Hallie is an Substance Use Disorder Professional with a variety of work experiences in inpatient with pregnant and parenting women, outpatient with teens, and working on the streets with people who have recently overdosed. Hallie is passionate about harm reduction, meeting people exactly where they are at, street outreach, and supporting all paths to recovery. As a previously unhoused person and a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, Hallie has a strong understanding of the importance of hope and community, and is committed to the Recovery Community at CAT.
Kel Eddings, CHW
OPERATIONS MANAGER, CO-FOUNDER
Kel is a Community Health Worker, and a retired veteran with the Air National Guard. Kel has long had a dream of working with people struggling with homelessness, and has refocused her passion for helping people. Kel began working with parents who suffer from substance use disorders that were working towards family reunification. They then worked at an emergency warming center, providing safe space for our community members who are living houseless. Kel is non-binary and part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Kel states “I look forward to using my knowledge to improve the lives of others, and having a positive impact on my community.”
PROGRAM COORDINATOR – CAMP HOPE / RoW Projects
Lindsey joined Compassionate Addiction Treatment as a housing and employment case manager. As our team continued to expand supportive services for people at Camp Hope, we found that additional help was needed to do this important work. Lindsey stepped in to help with this project, and brings with her determination, an incredible level of organization, and a strong commitment to her community.
Sandy Munck, CPC
Sandy came on board as our Front Desk Manager in the spring of 2020. Now a Certified Peer Counselor, Sandy has stretched her skills as a skilled housing and employment case manager, and recently moved into the role of Executive Assistant. Through lived experience with homelessness and substance misuse, and her ability to think outside the box to find solutions to challenging circumestances, Sandy brings so much to our Recovery Community members and team.
Michael Mainer, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR AND MAT CLINIC PROVIDER (VOLUNTEER)
Dr. Mainer has volunteered at Compassionate Addiction Treatment since the winter of 2019. Through his supportive leadership and compassionate care, the Medication Assisted Treatment program is an essential part of the low barrier Recovery programs at CAT.
Stacey Mainer, ARNP
MAT CLINIC PROVIDER (VOLUNTEER)
Stacey has been part of the team at Compassionate Addiction Treatment since early 2020. Stacey’s care for people seeking recovery for opioid use disorder while experiencing homelessness is supportive and thoughtful. Stacey has worked in other impactful programs within the community as well, and is committed to the health and well being of all.
Joseph Kincaid, MD
MAT CLINIC PROVIDER (VOLUNTEER)
Joe Kincaid joined our team in April of 2021 as a volunteer provider for Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. Joe is committed to supporting individuals experiencing homelessness who also have an opioid use disorder and values working in a no-barrier environment. Joe provides care with compassion and intention and expresses grave concern for the increasing epidemic of opioids, especially fentanyl, as well as the increasingly harmful epedemic of methamphetamine use.
Nichole "Nikki" Robideaux, SUDP
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER COUNSELOR
Nikki brings with her years of experience, supporting recovery and providing trauma informed care. She understands that each person’s journey is a unique experience. Nikki’s committment to our community is inspiring to witness.
Sarah Love, SUDP-T
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER COUNSELOR TRAINEE
Sarah Love brings compassion and intention to all aspects of her work at Compassionate Addiction Treatment. Sarah is a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and is an Alaskan Native. Through lived experience and strong counseling skills, Sarah supports each person on their unique path to recovery.
Tiffany Tart, CPC
LEAD HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT CASE MANAGER
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR
Foundational Community Supports
Tiffany came to us with years of experience working in housing and employment case management. She then completed training to become a Certified Peer Counselor, to add to her skills. With her solid community connections and abiltiy to create collaborations to facilitate and support people in meeting their housing and employment goals, Tiffany helps create results. Her sense of humor helps make the journey fun.
Rachel Gentry, CPC
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR – PEER TEAM COORDINATOR
Rachel began working at CAT as a Certified Peer Counselor. She then managed the front desk with calm, grace and humor. Rachel has now stepped into the role of Team Coordinator, supporting her team throughout each day. Rachel’s skills as a peer counselor help to create a welcoming, trauma informed environment from the time a person enters Compassionate Addiction Treatment, until they leave for the day.
Bobbie Lee Silva, CPC
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR – MAT CLINIC PEER COUNSELOR
Bobbie Lee brings with her an inspiring story of her recovery from childhood trauma, homelessness, and addiction. With a fiercely compassionate heart and commitment to both trauma informed care and harm reduction, Bobbie Lee provides support to everyone she encounters at Compassionate Addiction Treatment.
Jamie Valadez, CPC
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR
Jamie joined our team through Career Path Services. We couldn’t imagine Compassionate Addiction Treatment without her, so she came on board as a full-time team member. Jamie brings lived experience and a determination and will that is unsurpassed. She also has a unique skill in knowing where all things are at any given time.
Luke Runkel, CPC
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR – CARE NAVIGATOR
With heart and compassion, Luke provides peer support services to our community. No matter the challenge faced, Luke is present, holding safe space for others to process. Luke stepped into the role of Care Navigator for the SMART program, providing navigation and support to people with opioid use disorder.
Jessica "Jess" Hagreen
Jess joined our team so that she could use her lived experience to support others who are seeking recovery. As a dedicated foster mom, Jess gives back to our community in so many ways. Jess shares her story openly – she is part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, is a survivor of domestic violence, and has experienced homelessness as well as childhood trauma. Jess contributes strength and calm to our team, helping build a sense of hope throughout all of her interactions.
Charlotte "Skye" Lester, CPC
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR / PEER NAVIGATOR
Skye joined Compassionate Addiction Treatment because she has a deep caring for people experiencing oppression and especially for those who are experiencing homelessness. Skye has experience with housing navigation, and brings with her determination and compassion to help individuals gain housing and exit the many struggles that living outdoors brings.
Compassionate Addiction Treatment is lucky to have had Ledia join our team. Ledia brings with her lived experience, compassion and pure grit. Her dedication to helping the men and women at Camp Hope is obvious in all that she does. Ledia reaches out to anyone in need, and navigates folks to needed services while supporting them on their journey to having a home.
Suki Goldman Loomer
Camp Hope holds a lot of meaning for Suki. Once staying at Camp Hope, Suki now works with passion and commitment to help other’s exit homelessness. Suki brings lived experience and her contagious positive energy to work with her every day and spreads hope throughout the day. We are lucky to have Suki as part of our peer naviation team at Camp Hope.
Alexandra "Lex" Woolston, CPC
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR / LEAD PEER NAVIGATOR
Lex joined our team specifically to work with the people at Camp Hope. Lex shares that they are non-binary. Lex is compassionate and committed to improving social determenants of health. Lex has a way of casually saying incredibly poignant and insightful perspectives on recovery.
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