Recent Updates

CRCI is constantly expanding and searching for new ways to further support past, present, and future residents. Our goal here is to keep families, friends, volunteers, and donors up to date on the activities of CRCI. 

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August, 2023 Update

Together, we're proving that many hands truly make the load lighter! With over 35 bunk beds awaiting assembly, the task calls for a united effort. Our dedicated staff and residents have joined forces, diligently piecing together the furniture for the residential rooms, one bed at a time.

We've successfully completed one room, marking a significant milestone. Though we still have about 34 beds left to go, we are determined to keep up the momentum!

If you're looking for us, you'll know exactly where to find us—working tirelessly to create comfortable living spaces for those in our program. We greatly appreciate the support, teamwork, and unwavering dedication that is making this project possible.

July, 2023 Update

Throughout the month of July, we witnessed an outpouring of faith, healing, and renewal. In a powerful testament to their commitment to recovery, we are overjoyed to announce that a total of 10 residents took a profound step forward by getting baptized. Their decision symbolizes a fresh start, a washing away of the past, and a rebirth into a life of hope and purpose.

Each individual's journey is unique, and we are honored to have played a part in their process. These brave souls embraced their newfound spiritual growth. The ripple effect of their courageous decisions resonated deeply within our community, inspiring others to embark on their own paths to healing.

June, 2023 Update

This year’s golf tournament was a blowout. Over 170 golfers showed up to prove that they were “par for the course.” This year we migrated back over to our original location at Carolina National Golf Club and being able, for the first time since Covid, to conduct a shotgun start was refreshing to this year’s tournament.

We'd like to send a BIG "Thank you" to all our supporters and to everyone who showed up to make this event a successful one - we love you all!

Photo by: Katie Cooke Photography

May, 2023 Update

We are so excited to finally share the latest production featuring CRCI, and to officially announce... "the You Can project."

Special thanks to Gallant videography on the amazing work!

Thank you so much to our community of volunteers and donors who are the wind in our sails - "...we really know who's to get the credit for all of this awesome Kingdom work that we've been able to achieve... it's You."

Be on the lookout for even more featurettes of program graduates and testimonials from our wonderful supporters!

April, 2023 Update

We are privileged to be able to speak with our local high school students in efforts to teach them the consequences of using drugs and the importance of making healthy choices. It's important to start these conversations about substance use because conversations today can help teens make healthier choices tomorrow.

March, 2023 Update

Earlier this month, we got a special use permit from the Town of Shallotte to turn an old assisted living facility into a new location for our men’s program. After a few renovations we’ll be on track to welcome in residents as soon as June 2024.

Currently we offer a 4- to 6-month recovery program and we don’t have any services to help clients reenter society. With our expanded program we will be able to extend our recovery program for up to 24 months! 

We know we don't have to look far for people who want to make a difference in their community, and we know YOU CAN TOO. If you would like to contribute to this project please follow THIS LINK:

February, 2023 Update

In 2022 CRCI served over 250 men and women and we plan on exceeding that number in 2023. Our pastoral counselors provided therapeutic support and spiritual guidance to help residents find peace, forgiveness and acceptance. Our trained professional therapists have patience, empathy and a passion for helping others and they provide support, counseling and treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Currently our program occupancy is 60 program beds, 15 leadership beds, 6 graduate beds. We have come a long way since 2019 when we could only house 14 men - we plan on continuing this growth with your help!

January, 2023 Update

Great news, CRCI has a thrift store! Castaway's Cottage on Holden Beach Road is sold and CRCI is the proud new owner. The main purpose of this store is to support the Rose House recovery program and women who struggle with substance use issues. When you support our thrift store through donating or shopping you’re supporting the Rose House!

We hope you keep us in mind when donating your unwanted items. We take clothing, household goods, toys, books, furniture and more! Drop off at anytime at 593 Holden Beach Rd SW, Shallotte, NC 28470

Store hours are 9am - 5pm Mon-Sat

December, 2022 Update

2022 has brought us many new reasons to feel endeared to the mission of CRCI. One of the greatest things that we were able to experience once again was an increase in residents served and graduates from our program. Celebrating over 60 graduations from our 4-6 month residential treatment program goes to show just how valuable commitment and investment to this ministry has translated into lives changes and souls saved. Since the organization has grown so much in the past several years, we decided to throw our first ever staff Christmas party. CRCI has grown from 4 full time employees in 2019 to 27 full and part time employees today. What amazing growth that is! Merry Christmas!

November, 2022 Update

The Rose House Grand Opening was close to perfect, good crowd, a ton of faithful volunteers, terrific tee shirts, powerful testimonies, sincere and positive speakers, and a stunningly beautiful Rose House in all her glory. Kristen did a great job of planning the day, with tasty foods, good music, and time with friends, family, neighbors and new acquaintances.

Thanks to Josh and Chris for fighting the battle of building during chaotic times and doing so through permitting, Covid, and much insanity and still delivering a gorgeous facility that will hold us in good stead for years to come. Thanks to our CRCI Board for allowing all this to play out and never giving up on all we witnessed today. And thank you CRCI staff and management for your unwavering commitment to the CRCI Ministry. The volunteers (including residents) who offered so much help today deserve our sincere appreciation. I was bowled over by their contributions. Much love and gratitude to all.

There are so many folks who attended today who will always be able to say, "I was there the day they cut the ribbon". And in the years to come when hundreds of women are successfully recovering with God leading the way, reunited with their loved ones, confidently writing new chapters in their journals about being rescued from darkness and despair, they will credit their 26+ weeks at the Rose House as a pivotal time in their lives when God intervened and His grace mercy, love and forgiveness changed their future forever.

We are all blessed. And so we say with much enthusiasm, "Thank you Lord, thank you".

-Rocky Atkinson. Board Chair

October, 2022 Update

We have all been waiting patiently for this moment. The moment CRCI has the capacity to help hurting women who have battled this war of addiction. The time has come where we can open the doors, let women in and give their life a new meaning and purpose. The Grand Opening event is an opportunity for the community to witness the ribbon cutting, look around the property, enjoy some refreshments, participate in raffles or the silent auction, and more!

Date of the event: Nov. 12th 2022 from 10am-3pm at the Rose House.

September, 2022 Update

Stay engaged with CRCI by checking out our latest newsletter!

In this edition:

  • Rose House grand opening details
  • Testimonies from CRCI graduates
  • Information on programs we offer

Click here to view!

August, 2022 Update

Painting has begun inside the Rose House. Volunteers Alex Holenko and David Vanasse came out to get the job done. Volunteer’s help on a project like this is so important because it keeps costs down and moves us further along in the project. Alex and David, you are hardworking and full of innovative ideas. We hope that the good work you do will come back to you many times over. Thank you for volunteering!

July, 2022 Update

We can breathe a sigh of relief now that we have passed almost all inspections including the major one involving the fire sprinkler system!

On the inside of the house drywall is continuing to go up, painting will soon begin, and finally flooring will be next. On the outside of the property landscaping is to be done.

This labor intense job is being made possible by help the from a handful of residents and volunteers!

Here's how YOU can help! Help us complete the Rose House Garden patio by purchasing a custom brick. Follow THIS link to the form!

June, 2022 Update

Please welcome Todd as CRCI’s new business manager! Todd came through the CRCI program as a resident in 2020, he remained faithful and has worked hard for his promotion. Moving forward Todd will handle all communication with clients for CRCI’s landscaping, cleaning, and catering enterprises.

As a reminder, CRCI’s social enterprises double as a trade school. This means each resident has the opportunity to learn skills and earn college credits in a specific industry. If you support one of our social enterprises just know you are supporting the education of a resident as well.

May, 2022 Update

If you’ve driven by the Rose House lately, you'd have noticed the disturbed yard. We are waiting on sprinkler inspections, final painting of the interior and finishing other finishing touches.

You can help by donating an item off the Amazon Wish List.

April, 2022 Update

We've been holding our breath for over a year and it's finally happening. Our long-awaited Rose House project has faced problem after problem, struggle after struggle, from Covid, to labor shortages, supply chain issues - we have seen it all over the past year that keeps us from finishing. There's one thing that keeps us moving forward – the love and support from donors, volunteers, and community! If you want to donate a gift to the Rose House, follow THIS LINK to our wish list on Amazon.

March, 2022 Update

CRCI has set a record for itself - SEVEN graduations - all in one night! Here we have Allen, Justin, Caesar, Ernest, Jesse, Frank, and Willis who have successfully completed CRCI’s 4-month, residential treatment program on March 7th, 2022.

February, 2022 Update

Many amazing businesses and non-profits were represented at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce awards. Christian Recovery Centers Inc won the vote for the Leadership in Diversity award and COO Tyler Smith was nominated as one of the Future 10 young professionals for 2021!

January, 2022 Update

We have two new members on the CRCI team - Kristin and Nathan. Kristin is the Engagement Manager and she’ll be coordinating program fundraisers and organizing volunteers. If you want a sense of purpose and you want volunteer, get in touch with Kristin. She’d be honored to work alongside each one of you.

Nathan is the youngest staff member CRCI has ever had. At the young age of 17 he holds the Systems Assistant title where he helps with all things IT. But his skills far outlast his age. He is quite handy with computers and technology. Kristin and Nathan are already bringing new ideas, streamlining processes, and they both bring something unique to the CRCI ministry!

December, 2021 Update

New plumbing and electrical is going in at the Rose House! The Grand Opening is coming soon!

November, 2021 Update

Current residents visit their soon to be new home. With construction moving full steam ahead the current women’s program residents at CRCI are anxiously awaiting their move in date. Rose House residents did a quick walk through to look at the progress while CEO Josh Torbich described the floor plans layout and amenities this state of the art facility will offer. Friends and neighbors at Beulah Baptist showed up to say a prayer of blessing over the house.

October, 2021 Update

Rose House construction has resumed and is back on track for completion soon! We're excited to say all the permits and architectural drawings have been approved. This project has been highly anticipated and a long time coming. So now until it’s complete a small crew will be working in the house to get the project done. If you'd like to volunteer to help with construction fill out THIS form. We are surely excited to be able to house 28 residents for the 24-week on-site program. As a reminder there is no cost to participate! For details on the Rose House Women's program click HERE.

September, 2021 Update

There are two extremes in North Carolina, hot and cold. So, we all know how important it is to get a heating and cooling system that can keep up with demand, but systems like this come at a cost. Ron Sorice who is our dedicated grant writer played it cool and found the perfect grant to fit our needs – Advanced Energy Grant. With this grant we can heat and cool the Rose House’s main building and BCRC’s main campus. Advanced Energy Grant paid for installation! Aireserv is a company who regularly supports CRCI, so they were happy to install these brand new systems for us. Here are pictures of the system at the Rose House.

August, 2021 Update

Palm trees, a massive septic system, and a multipurpose chapel, CRCI's Rose House is making small steps towards filling big dreams. The final product will be a state of the art 28 bed residential treatment facility for women who struggle with drug and alcohol dependencies. We can thank the professionals in our community for their hard work and dedication to the construction project. While we work on reviewing the final architectural drawings and building permits for the main house we will continue to do what we can on the rest of the property. We want to send a big "thank you" to CCCG (the construction company in charge), Hughes and Hughes nursery for sending over one of BCRC's graduates from 5 years ago to help plant 5 new palm trees in the front yard, RSC Engineering who installed the septic system, Charlie Adams Electrical and Brent Moore at Aireserve. Civil Engineer Phil Norris, Shane Pittman at CIA Electrical, architect Greg Shue, McPherson Consulting, plumbers at Plum Rite Plumbing, Webster Law firm, and Rd White and Sons.

June, 2021 Update

The 2021 Rose House Christian Recovery Center Charitable Golf Tournament was a huge success. CRCI sincerely thanks all those who so graciously gave of their time and money to make this year’s event one for the record books. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the Rose House ministry for women in recovery. Compared to the previous year’s CRCI hosted one of the greatest and highest grossing charity golf tournaments in Brunswick County. The ministry brought in $61,335 gross and went home with $47,423.10 to donate towards the Rose House. With over 65 sponsors, 45 volunteers, 192 golfers, and help from CRCI staff the many hours of hard work paid off! This is a picture of the 1st place team, Team Steven Denney.

May, 2021 Update

The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina is teaming with Christian Recovery Centers, Inc. (CRCI) and the Governor's Crime Commission (GCC) to begin a North Carolina pilot program of family substance treatment. We are calling the pilot "Bright Hope" - a Residential Family-Based treatment center in Southeastern NC open to all residents of North Carolina. Bright Hope provides therapy, family support, and advocacy service for children whose parents receive Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment. During the 16 to 24-week program, Boys and Girls Homes will provide a home and family therapy for children while their parents are in recovery at nearby CRCI locations. Click HERE for program details.

December, 2020 Update

As we wrap up (pun intended) what has been considered by many to be the worst year in modern history, the men and women of Brunswick Christian Recovery Center and Rose House have continued to find blessings around every corner. This year has been a huge witness to the glory of God's unending faithfulness to his children who are working towards living for His kingdom! Even during these trying times for many families who have found out that they may be considered "non-essential," and have struggled to pay bills for their most basic needs, the residents who came to us searching for hope have still found generosity and kindness pouring from the hearts of these very people. Donations in the form of Christmas gifts for the children of our residents and gifts for the residents themselves have been coming in from all directions (see our newest intern Daniel in the photo wrapping gifts)! There is no shortage of love from our community, and we thank every person for their prayers, donations, and letters of encouragement! You have made a difference here.

October, 2020 Update

The men's program at BCRC has hired three new intern staff members in the past 2 months! Residents who apply for an internship after their graduation from the 4-month program understand that they are signing up for an 8-month commitment to one of the most intensive and selfless paths a person can take in their recovery. We appreciate their practical demonstration of a willingness to go above and beyond the minimum to meet the many needs of a residential recovery program. These men have been, and continue to be, a great example to the men in the program who are closely watching every step their leaders take. We offer educational courses for our interns and staff to begin the process for becoming certified as an Alcohol & Drug Counselor and to begin working on their college education through West Theological Seminary. Opportunities for advancement at the end of this internship are a desirable asset to any resume.

August, 2020 Update

This beautiful property is now home to the female residents of CRCI. Since the Rose House is still under construction, we decided to do a soft start opening for the women’s program. Until the Rose House is complete, we will continue operating the women’s program at this campus on a smaller scale. Eventually this property will be the location of the men’s Motivational Track phase. Find out more info about the Motivational Track.

June , 2020 *FOOD DRIVE UPDATE!*

We are very excited to announce the date, time and location of our food drive thanks to generous resources from the CityGate Network and volunteers from CCCG, First Baptist Church of Shallotte, and other local volunteers and nonprofit organizations.

WHERE- First Baptist Church of Shallotte 4486 Main St, Shallotte, NC 28470

WHEN- Saturday, June 20th 12:30-3:00 pm

HOW- Drive through style, with the help of BC Sheriff's Dept. directing traffic

WHAT WE HAVE- FREE 1,500 box of mixed produce from Ward's Fruit & Produce, and 4,000 gallons of milk from Borden

May, 2020 Update

The BCRC Guys were sponsored by many kind donors to be able to send our "Feed Your Soul" cookie jars to their mothers for Mother's Day 2020! Thank you to everyone who participated in this awesome display of love and kindness.

Mar, 2020 Update

In our efforts to localize our fundraising we started three social enterprises: landscaping, catering, and cleaning. These enterprises double

as a Workforce Redevelopment program. The purpose of the Workforce

Redevelopment Program (WRP) is to better assist each resident in the search of meaningful employment after satisfactorily completing the treatment curriculum. It is our goal to produce opportunities in the residential treatment setting that will translate into lived experience, training hours and resume items for future employment. These opportunities will help to alleviate the unattractive gap that recovery participants incur from their months in residential treatment. This process will also provide certain residents recommendation letters from their immediate supervisors that can be utilized in the next employment opportunity. 

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

We just got the news that we're going to be hosting The Isaacs in concert on November 8th! This is exciting news for anyone who wants to attend. We will have an update coming soon for ticket purchase options. Proceeds from the concert will go to support of The Rose House renovations so that we can open, as planned, in March 2020. The event will take place at Beach Assembly of God, located in Ocean isle Beach, NC.

Saturday, July 13th 2019

What a spectacular show of support at the 2nd Annual BCRC Charity Golf Tournament! This year all of the proceeds are going towards the purchase of a property that will be the new site of The Rose House, Brunswick County's very first free recovery center for women! Josh was very excited to announce the capital campaign for The Rose House at the golf tournament and wanted to show everyone what a difference they've made already. We are officially beginning the capital campaign with $180,000 already raised toward the $650,000 goal. This is a great start and we can see the momentum pushing forward with the growing support from all of you. This is a huge development in the operational capacity of Brunswick Christian Recovery Center and we look forward to finally being able to offer help to not just the men in need, but the women who are also looking to rebuild their lives! **Praise God**

Friday, April 26, 2019

The men have been busy this year! The campus is looking better than ever. This week we had the extreme privilege of being visited by the members of Sharon Presbyterian Church (Charlotte, NC) who volunteer their time each year to come out and help us do some home improvements. We are extremely grateful for their dedication to doing the work the Lord has put on their hearts. They helped us remodel the entire Fellowship Hall building by installing new doors, windows, and replace the aging wall panels with new drywall. In addition to doing all of that, they found the time to plant flowers and paint the handrails one of our graduates built earlier this year. It has been a major home improvement week for BCRC! Praise God for the constant blessings he sends down to our growing ministry. We do all things in His name!

Monday January 14, 2019

As we begin the new year at BCRC, we have many plans for the expansion of our program AND for the awareness of our cause! We have found that simply being aware of the drug and alcohol problem in our country is a helpful tool in supporting the recovery of many men and women. Today our Director, Josh Torbich, and three BCRC men were invited to speak to the youth of our county. The purpose of this talk was to educate the young minds about how to steer clear from the powerful grip of addiction. They answered many questions, such as what to do if someone offers you drugs and what to do if you see someone using drugs at school. As men who have often made the wrong choice in these matters and who have seen the repercussions (first hand!) they are fully qualified to answer the tough questions. We are thankful that our school system values the experience of these men and have found a way to use it as positive, real life reinforcement for the young people of Brunswick County. 

Monday December 24, 2018

On Christmas Eve, David and Shirli Lemieux brought Christmas presents to each of the residents at BCRC. The men were so grateful for the kindhearted giving of the Lemieux's that they all wore the shirts they got to church that night. It was a sea of flannel and smiles! We appreciate your kindness so much!


Thursday December 20, 2018

Pictured here are some of the men who volunteered to help the Brunswick Family Assistance with their annual toy drive for the children of Brunswick County. These guys seemed to come away from the toy drive with bigger smiles than the kids did! 

Sunday December 2, 2018 

The men worshiping at Beach Assembly of God. This is our home church where Worship Pastor Carmen Chase does a wonderful job of leading the praise band to invoke the power of the Holy Spirit so that every person, regardless of their faith or background, can feel the undeniable power of God. Some of these men have never been exposed to Jesus Christ before. Beach Assembly of God is one of the most spirit-filled churches we have ever seen, filled to the brim with spiritual leaders who truly walk the walk.

Saturday December 1, 2018

Every year the BCRC men participate in the Shallotte Christmas parade. This year was the best year for the BCRC float. Pictured here you can see some of the guys (Kevin, Stephen, Chris, Anthony) working all the way until the last minute to have this thing ready to go! The hard work and dedication these men showed were reciprocated by cheers from the crowd as we drove through the thousands of people who were lining both sides of the street. 

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Romans 3:3-5