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MARR Appears on “Testing the Experts” on Business RadioX

Testing the Experts - February 7, 2014

L to R: Wes Warrington, Brice Grogan, Bill Anderson, Tracy McDaniel, Mary Ann Warrington

MARR’s Bill Anderson, director of business development, joined “Testing the Experts,” presented by Confirmatrix Laboratory, on Gwinnett Business RadioX on February 7, 2014. Anderson sat down with radio hosts Wes Warrington, Mary Ann Warrington, Brice Grogan and Tracy McDaniel to discuss effective addiction treatment methods, family recovery and the importance of spiritual growth and the 12 Steps. In case you missed MARR on the air, check us out online at

MARR is dedicated to bringing lasting recovery to alcohol- and drug-addicted individuals through high-quality, gender-specific addiction treatment programs.

A Special Thanks to Window World

WindowsMARR would like to especially thank Window World of Atlanta for installing 45 new windows at the Women’s Recovery Center! The purchase of windows was made possible by a grant from The UPS Foundation. MARR is grateful to Window World for providing and installing the windows at a deeply discounted price. The WRC looks fabulous!

WRC Receives Grant from The UPS Foundation

WRC Receives Grant from The UPS Foundation

From left to right: Rossille Delande, Guerry Dyes, Jessica Schmoll, Joe Edwards and Dax Nolfe

The Women’s Recovery Center (WRC) of MARR received a $13,500 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used toward facility renovations so our women can continue to feel safe, welcome and cared for while in treatment at MARR.

The volunteers of WRC and UPS have been working together for nearly a year to clean and paint a home owned by MARR, and spent a full day of painting a townhouse where the women live during treatment. Another workday is anticipated in September at WRC. “Working with the UPS volunteers to keep our property updated has been so rewarding; receiving financial support from them as well has truly been a gift,” said Jessica Schmoll, director of the Women’s Recovery Center.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support MARR’s efforts in treating addiction,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

MARR is deeply grateful to The UPS Foundation for its continued involvement with, and generous support of, the Women’s Recovery Center.

Right Side Up Receives Funding from Fulton County

Right Side Up’s “Ready for Work” Job Coach position and program for children, Therapeutic Child Care (TCC), was successful in receiving funds for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The Job Coach will work with the clients and help to place them in stable employment. Funds for TCC will help with a summer camp for the children, YMCA camps for school-age children and family field trips. Funding was provided in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Housing and Human Services Department Grant Programs. These funds will be available from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, and will serve Fulton County women and children from Right Side Up.

Bennett Thrasher Foundation Supports Right Side Up

Bennett Thrasher Foundations supports the children of Right Side Up

Alisa Sawyer (TCC), Faye Anderson (BTF) and Tanya Avery (TCC)

MARR is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Bennett Thrasher Foundation. These funds will be used to support Therapeutic Child Care (TCC) of the Right Side Up program.

Therapeutic Child Care works with the innocent victims of the disease of addiction, the children. TCC provides a healing environment for the children and assists the mothers in resolving behavioral and academic issues, all moving toward a healthy family unit. More than 60 children are touched by TCC each year, from birth to 13 years of age.

Bennett Thrasher is one of the top Atlanta-based, full-service, certified public accounting and consulting firms. The Bennett Thrasher Foundation was established in 2003 and is directed by an all-associate board. In giving back to the community, the Foundation devotes considerable time and resources, which are funded from the firm’s top-line revenues, and offers its talents, gifts and services to charitable organizations fostering the long-term development and success of individuals in the Atlanta community.

Bennett Thrasher’s gift will provide educational and arts-and-crafts materials for the children, baby equipment for both RSU facilities (Dekalb and Fulton), family outings and a new flat screen, interactive television. We are truly grateful for the Foundation’s generosity.

Men’s Recovery Center Gets a Makeover

Since 1975, MARR has provided long-term drug and alcohol treatment to chemically dependent men and women. We have bore witness to thousands of changed lives, restored relationships and community members willing to lend a hand to those in need. For these 35-plus years, MARR has offered high-quality treatment that brings about lasting recovery. Today, we continue to set the standard in intensive, gender-specific programs and the therapeutic community model.

But just as we maintain excellence in the treatment we offer, we want our facilities to look the part as well. Clients of MARR experience life-changing transformations—we want our surroundings to undergo the same. We are pleased to unveil the new and improved Men’s Recovery Center (MRC). Interior Designer Kelli Andrews of KAID Studio in Atlanta has not only given MRC a much-needed update, but has upheld the history of MARR and provided a comfortable and safe place for clients and their families as well.

Stop by anytime and take a look at MRC’s renovations. Now the facility serves as a beautiful complement to the quality treatment we’ve always offered.

Men's Recovery Center break room

Men’s Recovery Center – Break Room

Men's Recovery Center break room

Men’s Recovery Center – Break Room









Men's Recovery Center lobby

Men’s Recovery Center – Lobby

Men's Recovery Center lobby

Men’s Recovery Center – Lobby





MARR Welcomes New Outreach Coordinator

MARR's new Outreach CoordinatorWe are pleased to announce the newest member of our Business Development Team, Amanda Jones, MS, LPC, NCC, who will serve as MARR’s Outreach Coordinator. “As MARR continues to experience growth, we recognized the need for community outreach—someone who can build new relationships and nurture existing ones,” says Bill Anderson, Director of Business Development.

Amanda received her undergraduate degree in psychology, as well as her master’s degree in professional counseling, from Georgia State University. She has worked in various levels of care, such as inpatient stabilization, day treatment, and residential treatment. Specialty areas include mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, women’s issues, family dynamics, and bereavement.

“Amanda’s passion for recovery, coupled with her candor, enthusiasm and experience, will serve us well in our endeavors. She is already building connections that will strengthen our outreach efforts in the months and years to come. We look forward to what lies ahead,” adds Bill.

Please help us extend a warm welcome to Amanda Jones. Feel free to introduce yourself by calling her at 678-805-5154 or sending an email to

MARR Welcomes the Return of Jessica Schmoll as Director of the Women’s Recovery Center

Jessica Schmoll takes position as director of Women's Recovery CenterWe are pleased to announce the return of Jessica Schmoll, who will serve as director of the Women’s Recovery Center. Jessica began her relationship with MARR in 2006 as an Assessment Counselor. She soon moved to the Women’s Center and served our clients in several positions, including family counselor, day treatment counselor, and residential manager. Jessica left MARR in 2010 to further develop her clinical expertise. She gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings at Ridgeview Institute and Northside Hospital, as well as in private practice.

Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds two Master of Science degrees, one from Northeastern University in Boston and one from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She obtained a BA in Communications from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

We are excited that Jessica’s journey has led her back to MARR. She brings a passion for women’s issues in addiction treatment that will further enhance the outreach of the Women’s Recovery Center. Please join us in extending a very warm welcome to Jessica as Director of WRC.

MARR Receives Grant from Runwell

Atlanta, Ga. – March 27, 2013 – Runwell: The Linda Quirk Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds addiction treatment centers and programs, awarded a total of $7,000 to MARR’s Family Recovery Center. The funds will help family members embrace their own journey of recovery.

“We’re honored to receive Runwell’s grant,” said Guerry Dyes, CEO of MARR. “This money will allow us to extend our support to the many families in Atlanta and beyond who are struggling with addiction. MARR is committed to helping the entire family recover — we’re excited to put these funds to use.”

Runwell’s Grant Program
Runwell: The Linda Quirk Foundation’s grant program supports accredited treatment centers and programs around the world with funding for existing scholarship programs, professional development and family education. The foundation’s goal is to provide hope to individuals and their families as they work to overcome the devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction, as well as to promote health and wellness and the promise of recovery.

Athletes who wish to represent Runwell do so by registering for a race on Runwell’s website. Fundraising goals vary by event, and athletes typically seek sponsorship donations from friends and family as they train for their races. Runwell offers support that includes personalized online donation pages, virtual coaching from former U.S. Olympic runner Keith Brantly, and nutritional advice planning from U.S. Olympic Sports Dietician Bob Seebohar.

For more information about Runwell: The Linda Quirk Foundation, its grant program or how to get involved, visit

About MARR, Inc.
MARR, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization established in 1975 to provide long-term, residential addiction treatment for men and women. MARR is dedicated to bringing lasting recovery through high-quality, gender-specific drug and alcohol rehab programs. Accredited by The Joint Commission, MARR is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Programs (NAATP) and Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR), and is fully licensed under the laws of the State of Georgia. Visit or call 678-805-5100 for more information.