El Centro de Libertad

Every day starts anew.

News From El Centro; Fall 2018

I read somewhere that “The old order changeth yielding place to the new….”

Nothing remains constant, no matter how grand it has been. But a new world always rises again and is always as captivating as the old world. I would say the same has always been true about El Centro de Libertad.

While the spirit of “Recovery with Dignity” remains the foundation of all that we do, everyone else and, with one exception, everything else has yielded to the new. The one exception is the original value, the original order; nobody will be refused service because of inability to pay. We hold true to this.

Yet the agency that was originally a twinkle in the eyes of George and Jan Borg in 1994 continues to follow its own life’s journey, changing just a little bit with every breath in and out. Even George moved on these three years past.

Now twenty-four years later El Centro still offers programs that break the cycle of alcohol and other drugs, but some subtle changes have become noticeable:

Management: The agency is provided stability through the presence of an empowered Management Team consisting of Administration Manager, Finance & Contracts Manager, Program Manager, and Clinical Supervisor.

Prevention Education Program: An education model unique to El Centro, the Prevention Education Program is now led by our Prevention Education Team (yes, we do call them PETS) who are currently providing youth in four schools in San Mateo County with weekly substance use education, hopefully before treatment becomes necessary for them.

Rural Programming: Our presence in Coastside communities has been revitalized and is growing. This year we had a Grand Opening in our new facility in Half Moon Bay, then we received the first-ever grant from the City of Half Moon Bay. In addition to our standard fare, enhanced outreach efforts to serve the farmworker community are in place.

Board of Directors: We are always interested in meeting with individuals who have board leadership skills and experience, and are pleased to welcome Ms. Waynette Brock as our newest board member!

Yes, the old order changeth. How long has it been since yesterday anyway? It seems like a blink of an eye, yet so much has happened. What about tomorrow?

So, here we are. All of a sudden, we are the “new”.

For now.

Did You Know?

People Are Dying:

Trust for America’s Health and Well Being tells us:

  • The number of deaths from suicide and alcohol and drug-induced fatalities in the United States reached a record 141,963 — or one every four minutes — in 2016”
  • “Rates of drug deaths also increased significantly among those between the ages of 15 and 34 ( up 29 percent)”

Mother Jones Magazine reported:

  • In 2016 that “Each year, more than 40,000 Americans die from drug overdoses. That’s on par with the annual death toll from HIV/AIDS at the peak of the US epidemic, in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and far more than are killed each year from car accidents or gun violence..”


  • “Each year federal, state and local governments spend close to $500 billion on addiction and substance use; however, for every dollar that federal and state governments spend, only 2 cents goes to prevention and treatment.”

Now the Good News:

“Treatment can cut drug abuse by 50%, reduce criminal activity up to 80%, and reduce arrests up to 64%”.

Last year our efforts resulted in

  • Providing 60 Prevention Education classes onsite to 4 schools
  • 210 individuals accessed Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Services
  • Specialty Programs provided 199 adults with Domestic Violence, Anger Management, and/or Parenting Groups,
  • Over 700 individuals attended some form of Community & Family Outreach

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