LEXINGTON, SC - The Courage Center (TCC) has selected Randy Rush to lead South Carolina’s only Recovery Community Organization focused on teens and young adults and their families. Randy, a certified Family Recovery Coach and long-term TCC Board member, starts as executive director on November 8, 2021.
TCC provides adolescents ages 14-18, young adults ages 19-26, and families with quality, no-cost, peer-led substance misuse prevention and support programs and services. The organization also conducts recovery coach training and certification, engages in community outreach and education, and advocates on relevant policy.
“The Courage Center is a powerful resource for our community,” Randy said. “Our family has personally benefitted from TCC’s programs, and I have been privileged to mentor others in their recovery process. I am motivated and inspired to bring TCC’s urgently-needed, no-cost recovery support services to more families in South Carolina.”
Randy will also lead TCC’s efforts to reduce the stigma associated with substance misuse and substance use disorder. “Addiction is a chronic brain disease, not a moral weakness,” Randy said. “Shame can reduce the willingness of individuals to seek help. That is why our stigma reduction campaign (#CourageOverStigma) is so important.”
“We can’t think of a better person to lead us into our next phase of growth to meet the community’s needs,” said Dr. Pam Imm, current Board chairperson and interim Executive Director. “Randy understands how addiction impacts families and communities and has extensive experience with business operations and community engagement.”
Randy and his wife Susan are both certified Family Recovery Coaches. Randy graduated from the University of South Carolina and from Asbury Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. Randy brings decades of executive management, corporate sales, and financial analysis experience to his newest leadership role.
ABOUT THE COURAGE CENTER: We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Lexington, South Carolina that provides one-on-one recovery coaching and peer support services at no cost to participants. TCC is the only Recovery Community Organization in South Carolina focusing specifically on adolescents ages 14-18, young adults ages 19-26, and their families. Reach us at (803) 369-3905 or visit CourageCenterSC.org.
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