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CRPA Application Assistance

If you have completed 30 Hours of Recovery Peer Advocate Training and 16 Hours of Ethics to satisfy the application requirements to apply for certification these 6 hours have been set aside for you.  My name is Michelle Raysor, LMHC, CRC, CAAC, CAMS ll, one of the "Best Practice Trainer's", and I am available to help you free of charge complete the CRPA application process. ..

Connecting For Purpose is ​ in partmership with Friends of Recovery – New York (FOR-NY), and is pleased to offer first-rate trainings to peer professionals, treatment providers, prevention specialists, and anyone interested in addiction and recovery.


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Congratulations Tracey

My name is Tracey.   I was arrested on November 26, 2016 for the ninth time in a few short months.  I was so sick of my addiction that when I walked into the Riverhead Inn (correctional facility), I gave my life to God because I was not doing a very good job at living.  I asked the judge to put me in the DWI Program...

CFP's First Recovery Home for Women

 Sallie’s House was opened to answer the call reverberating out of every woman’s struggle with addiction and family disruption. The women who  enter Sallie’s House will receive support and have access to well-rounded recovery opportunities with full awareness that life on life’s terms is within reach.  Women will encounter the transforming Power of God at Sallie's House!

Peer Mentoring in Correctional Facilities: An Interview with Michelle Raysor

July 19, 2017

Connecting for Purpose, that’s the name of the organization founded by this month’s featured Recovery Coach, Michelle Raysor, CARC, MA, CRC, CASAC, LMHC.  Connecting, for purpose, is what Recovery Coaching is all about!  It was a pleasure connecting with Ms. Raysor, about her life and her life’s calling, which is to work with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.

The Evolution of Mentoring

March 18, 2017

The March Workshop is Right around the Corner;  Workshop Theme:


"The Evolution of Mentoring"


Marlene Lopez, Care Manager and

 Judith Montauban, Program Manager



February 18, 2017 Workshop

The February 18, 2017 Workshop was fantastic. Your enthusiasm and high level of motivation was evident. The workshop was held at the South Country Library in Bellport. The workshop presenter was none other than Michelle Raysor, founder and president of Connecting For Purpose Mentoring and Re-Entry Program.


"Everyone Needs a Mentor"

February 18, 2017

“Responding to Purpose”

for Purpose is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization whose mission is to  provide mentoring and to assist individuals with personal recovery, substance abuse, mental health, physical health, crisis intervention, training, employment, educational, legal, and housing challenges that block or prevent them from acquiring the resources to become self-sufficient.

Empowerment Through Connection!


Our approach involves addressing the challenges experienced by men, women, veterans, formerly incarcerated individuals, and families connecting them to vital resources working to empower, motivate and strengthen their efforts through mentoring and ongoing support.   

What Mentors Need to Know

January 21, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the workshop on Saturday January 21, 2017. The involvement and participation was very exciting and encouraging.  A high level of passion and commitment to serving others was definitely evident.

What Makes a Good Mentor

Many people feel that being a mentor requires special skills, but mentors are simply people who have the qualities of good role models....

1st Mentoring Matters Event

The “Mentoring Matters” Event was filled with speaker after speaker who provided us with and an array of inspirational and motivational words of encouragement.  Everyone left with a new perspective on the importance of volunteering and giving back by making a difference in someone elses life.  Many signed up either to be volunteers, mentors, mentees, and to attend the retreat in the Riverhead Jail.  The youth signed up to go on the YES Tour of the jail scheduled September 1, 2016.

The 13 Must-Ask Questions for Your Mentor by John Maxwell

The 13 Must-Ask Questions for Your Mentor by John Maxwell  

Steven Spielberg, the genius behind movies like Jaws and E.T., once said, “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”

Jahnice Strange Shares Her Story

August 20, 2016

The disease of addiction and alcoholism remained silent in my early years, but due to unresolved issues and trauma.. Unknown to me at the time, alcoholism would take me on a journey that would ultimately take me to a place of chaos, confusion and confinement.  

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Helping Our Youth Understand Consequences and Make Informed Choices for Their Future

Connecting For Purpose took some of our youth and young adults on a educational tour of the Riverhead County jail.  

 We agree with Sherriff DeMarco and staff that a growing number of Suffolk County's youth are in danger of falling prey to criminal and gang activity. Young teens especially face peer pressures that often make them act in ways that help them become “accepted” by a group, but they have no idea about the consequences of their behavior. As a result, many young people at an early age begin what may become a painful life of criminal behavior.

The goal of the YES Program is to educate youth about the potential consequences of poor choices.

Motivational Empowerment Symposium

Connecting For Purpose will host a "One Day" Motivational and Empowerment Symposium at the Riverhead Suffolk County Jail . We believe in "Empowered Through Connection" and there is no better way than to empower individuals who are in the midst of understanding how to put the pieces of their lives back together.  

August 2016 Newsletter

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