“Alone, we can do so little;
together we can do so much.”
Carie, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Peer Recovery Coach
I was born here in Grand Rapids, MI to a loving home, but in my teens I fell to the world. I picked up alcohol and drug addiction and my mental health failed. In this time I joined many programs for recovery, I knew I wanted to give back and help others that got lost. I have been at UA for over since 2020 and am currently a Peer Support Specialist and Recovery Coach. My goal is to help people struggling find their way out. I'm here as proof that transformation is possible.
Kate, Peer Support Specialist
Meet the Team
Everyone who works at Unlimited Alternatives has lived experience
with mental health and/or substance use concerns.
These experiences shape what we do and how we do it.
Deanna, Executive Director, Peer Recovery Coach
I have worked as a Case Manager in several non-profits for over 25 years. Most of my work has been with survivors of physical and sexual violence, including trafficking survivors, and the homeless population. After my masters level practicum at Gateway Community Services and my service as the executive director of Hannah's House, I knew I wanted to continue working with people affected by addiction and housing insecurity. I'm excited to use both my professional experience and my lived experience in recovery to further my work in community organizations.
Bob, Assistant Director, Certified Peer Recovery Coach
I was born into a military lifestyle; I'm originally from Sacramento, CA. I've been working at UA since 2013 and am currently the Assistant Executive Director. I chose this line of work because I enjoy helping people.
John, Peer Support Specialist
Kristen, Peer Support Specialist
Neil, Lead Peer Support Specialist
I grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. I am a certified peer support specialist and the lead peer at Unlimited Alternatives where I've been working for 9 months. I'm also a published poet. I have been a recipient of community mental health services for over 13 years in Grand Rapids and have also been a member of various support groups in this city. As such, I find it a great privilege to get to use my lived experience to help others navigate their recovery journey. I believe in the power of hope.