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Recovery Happens 2021!
Join Voices of Recovery as we host In-Person and Virtual Events for the Community this September!

Every September since 2014, Voices of Recovery and San Mateo County Behavioral Health have sponsored National Recovery Month in San Mateo County where hundreds gather together to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.


Join us for exciting fun and education.

 5th Annual Candlelight Vigil

August 27, 2021  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

400 County Center

Redwood City Courthouse 

The Candlelight Vigil is our Kickoff event for Recovery Happens.  

Candles light our way and illuminate the space above us. It is our way to dispel darkness and proclaim life; to proclaim hope, families all over the world will light the darkness that is substance use and proclaim our hope in a candle lighting ceremony during this event. 

Join us as we light candles to: 

•  Honor our loved ones in the bondage of active addiction

•  Give our gratitude for those who have found their way out of addiction.

•  Remember and honor the lives lost to addiction.

•  Raise Awareness and Promote Recovery

Recovery Resource Fair & Recovery Art Show

September 1 - 30th, 2021

Throughout the month of September we are virtually showcasing the many community resources and the creative talent in the Recovery community by hosting our Resource Fair and Art Show  here online at VORSMC website. 

Please contact us for submission.

For artwork submission contact Veronica:

For resource fair submission contact Greg:

Recovery Happens Speakers and Proclamation

September 15th, 2021 - 10 AM 

Come watch the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors officially declare September “Recovery Happens Month”.


Luncheon/Philomena Walk of HOPE

September 15, 2021 - 1:00 PM

Join us for a luncheon at Tank park and afterwards for the The Philomena Walk of Hope. The Walk named after and in honor of an incredible woman, Philomena, whom during her lifetime worked tirelessly in support of the Recovery community. She was tragically taken from us, the victim of domestic violence. The walk follows the route from the San Mateo Bridge to the Courthouse.


  • Scott Gilman, Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services,  

  • Clara Boyden, First Deputy Director for BHRS

  • Judge Livermore, retired Judge of the Superior Court of California

Virtual Events

September 25, 2021

Join us virtually for a day of events marking a celebration of Recovery and sure to be a whole lot of fun.



Join the Recovery Happens Planning Committee

The planning committee is open to the public. Recovery Happens 2021 planning committee meets every Wednesday from 12:00 -1:00 pm.

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National Recovery Month is supported and celebrated in San Mateo County and promotes the importance of prevention, treatment, and recovery. Recovery Month continues to thrive because of the support and participation of individuals, communities, and organizations. In this spirit, this year’s theme is:



“Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections"

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