Highland Rivers Foundation is deeply saddened and disheartened by the unjust acts and deaths of members of our black community that result from racism and discrimination. As an organization that supports individuals and families who are often marginalized due to mental illness, addiction or disability, we believe the voiced experience of those who have suffered injustice can truly lead us to the change we need. We stand in solidarity with those who are nonviolently protesting to bring positive and immediate change to systems that perpetuate social injustice within our local, state and national communities, and those who advocate for inclusive communities built on equality. #blacklivesmatter

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As a not-for-profit foundation, we rely on generous philanthropic and charitable support from individuals, families, corporations and foundations.

Recovery Begins with a Good Night's Sleep

A National Recovery Month fundraiser to replace the mattresses and bedding in the Highland Rivers Health Crisis Stabilization Units.

About the Highland Rivers Foundation

The Highland Rivers Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization created to benefit Highland Rivers Health, one of Georgia’s largest providers of comprehensive treatment and recovery services for adults, children, families and veterans affected by mental health disorders, addictive disease and intellectual developmental disabilities.

As one of the state’s largest public safety net providers, Highland Rivers operates more than two dozen treatment facilities across a 12-county, 4,400-square mile area of Northwest Georgia, and serves nearly 18,000 individuals annually. Our programs allow individuals to rebuild their lives, reunite their families, and restore their hope to become contributing members of the community.

Established in 2018, Community Recovery Partnership, Inc., d.b.a. Highland Rivers Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that is independent of Highland Rivers Health. Donations to the Highland Rivers Foundation are tax deductible. (Federal tax ID: 81-4628046)

Kathleen C. Varda, MSW
Foundation Director
Highland Rivers Foundation

Phone: (678) 558-4847
Email: kathleenvarda@highlandrivers.org 

Our mission is to support Highland Rivers Health in building and sustaining one community of recovery advancing mind, body, and health.

Highland Rivers Foundation Board Members

Billy Hayes, Chair

CEO, Northside Hospital Cherokee

Bill Fann

City Manager, City of Cedartown, Ga.

Lee Johnson

Retired (Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities)