History

THE HISTORY OF SHADES OF RECOVERY, INC

Since the time of Lucretia’s vision, Friday, May 25, 1993, ever keeping her purpose in the forefront, we have been blessed and guided to sponsor over 44 retreats – (19 weekend and 25 one-days).

Our first attempt at realizing our goal was with one day retreats:

Our One-Day Retreats dates and their themes are as follows:

* September 10, 1994: “The Power of Prayer”

* September 9, 1995: “The Wealth of a Spiritual Woman”

* September 14, 1996: “S.E.L.F. (Solutions to Eliminating Life’s Failures)”

* November 9, 1996: We were blessed to present that same theme to the women at Integrity House in Newark, NJ

We organized a one day retreat in conjunction with a group of women at Park Avenue Christian Church in East Orange, NJ on:

* January 25, 1997: the theme was: “The Battle is Not Yours”

* September 13, 1997: the theme was: “Hell has an Exit – Death – Rebirth”

* September 12, 1998: the theme was: “We Do Recover – It Starts with the Woman in the Mirror!”

* September 18, 1999: the theme was: “Peace within the Storm”

In that same year we presented this retreat theme to the women in recovery at Elizabeth General Hospital.

* September 16, 2000: the theme was: “I’m Gonna Let it Shine”

* September 15, 2001: the theme was: “Sharing Clean/Living Dirty”

* September 16, 2002: the theme was: “Freedom from Bondage”

* September 27, 2003: the theme was: “Igniting the Spark Within”

* September 10, 2004: In celebration of our 10th year Anniversary we held our 1st Dinner Dance at the Galloping Hill Inn, located in Union New Jersey.

* September 10, 2005 the theme was: “Recovery is Progressive”

* September 16, 2006 the theme was: “Healing Oneself Through Forgiveness”

* September 15, 2007 the theme was: “As A Woman Thinketh”

* September 20, 2008 the theme was: “Seven Deadly Sins of Sisterhood”

* September 12, 2009 the theme was: “Bag Lady, Unpack Your Bags”

* September 11, 2010 the theme was: “I’m Still Standing”

* September 10, 2011 the theme was: “The Little Girl Grows Up!”

* September 12, 2012 the theme was: “Emotional Recovery!”

* September 7, 2013 the theme was: “Saying No Without Feeling Guilty!”

* October 5, 2013: In celebration of our 20th year Anniversary we held our 2nd Dinner Dance at the Galloping Hill Inn, located in Union New Jersey.

* May 31, 2014: In association with Women in Recovery, an Englewood, NJ based group, we presented a one-day women’s retreat titled “Self-Love!”

* September 13, 2014: the theme was: “Making New Choices!”

* December 5, 2014: In association with the Irvington Family Development Center, presented a “Self Love & Self Esteem” Workshop

* September 19, 2015: the theme was: “The Only Thing Constant is Change!”

Our goal has always been to sponsor retreats for women, locally and inexpensively. By March 1996, we were able to realize the first weekend retreat. The following are the locations, dates and themes:

* 1st – Emmaus Retreat House in Perth Amboy, NJ: March 29 – 31, 1996- Healing the Child Within

* 2nd – Emmaus Retreat House in Perth Amboy, NJ: March 21 – 23, 1997 – Women Empowering Women

* 3rd – St. Paul’s Abbey in Newton, NJ: May 15 – 17, 1998 – The Joy is in the Journey

* 4th – St. Paul’s Abbey in Newton, NJ: May 14 – 16, 1999-Going Beyond the comfort zone We feel, deal and heal

* 5th – St. Paul’s Abbey in Newton, NJ: May 18-20, 2000 -It’s In the Valley I Grow

* 6th – St. Paul’s Abbey in Newton, NJ: May 18-20, 2001-I’m Gonna Let it Shine

* 7th – Emmaus Retreat House, Perth Amboy, NJ: June 14-16, 2002- Freedom from Bondage

* 8th – Emmaus Retreat House, Perth Amboy, NJ: May 18-20, 2003-Developing Spiritual Vision

* 9th – Emmaus Retreat House, Perth Amboy, NJ: June 18-20, 2004- Key Areas of Growth

* 10th – Emmaus Retreat House, Perth Amboy, NJ: June 17-19, 2005-Women and Addiction: the Struggle and the Triumph

* 11th – Emmaus Retreat House, Perth Amboy, NJ: June 17-19, 2006-Healing Oneself through Forgiveness

* 12th – Emmaus Retreat House, Perth Amboy, NJ: June 15-17, 2007-As A Woman Thinketh

* 13th – Emmaus Retreat House, Perth Amboy, NJ: June 13-15, 2008 Being Tested is a Blessing

* 14th – Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, Philadelphia, PA: June 5-7, 2009 Seven Deadly Sins of Sisterhood

* 15th – Archdiocese of Newark Youth Retreat Center, Kearny, NJ: June 4-6, 2010 Release, Restore and Rejoice

* 16th – Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center, Kearny, New Jersey: June 3-5, 2011 Weathering the Storm

* 17th – Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center, Kearny, New Jersey: June 1-3, 2012 Neglected Issues Have Babies

* 18th – Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center, Kearny, New Jersey: May 31-June 2, 2013 Saying No without Feeling Guilty

* 19th – Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: June 6-8, 2014 HOPE – Helping Other People Evolve

* 20th – Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: June 5-7, 2015 “The Battle is Not Yours!”

* 21st – Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: June 3-5, 2016 “I’m Not Finished!”

We feel our group is inspired by God and directed by His hand. It follows then, that each woman that has attended our retreats and other events has been guided to participate.

On behalf of all the sisters of SHADES OF RECOVERY, INC., those present in spirit, as well as the flesh: I welcome you to join us this year for our wonderful, life changing events.