WCI, Inc

Recovery Friendly Workplaces

What is NCWDC?

North Carolina Workforce Development Coalition, Inc. is the 501(c)3 foundation subsidiary of WCI, Inc. We have been awarded a 3-year grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to fund a project known as WNC Recovery Friendly Workplaces & Wellbeing Initiative. This is a collaboration with multiple community service organizations to build substance use recovery ecosystems throughout the 27 counties of Western North Carolina. We help employers develop Recovery Friendly Workplaces and support recovering individuals for gainful employment.

The services of NCWDC are funded by a grant and there is no cost to employers or individuals.

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Recovery Friendly Workplaces

Recovery friendly workplaces are those that actively promote an atmosphere of understanding and compassion toward employees and their families who may be in recovery or dealing with substance use disorders (SUD). They provide resources, education, and assistance to ensure that employees can thrive both personally and professionally. These initiatives aim to reduce stigma, increase access to treatment and support, and ultimately create a more resilient and productive workforce. In the process, employers can keep valuable employees as well as enlarge the pool of potential employees.

"This grant is a tremendous opportunity for the NC Workforce Development Coalition to make a lasting impact on our communities. We believe that fostering recovery friendly workplaces not only benefits individuals in recovery but also contributes to stronger, healthier, and more productive communities. We are committed to using this grant to its fullest potential to create positive change in the lives of our workforce."

Fredrick Reese, President & CEO of WCI

Your next steps

The first step for an employer to become designated as a Recovery Friendly Workplace is to submit a "letter of intent" on company letterhead. You can see a sample letter template here. The letter should be addressed to Kit Roberts, Director, NC Workforce Development Coalition. Upon receipt of your letter, an initial meeting will be scheduled with your leadership to review and customize training specific to your organization, in order to meet your unique needs. Thank you for your interest!

Please scan your Letter of Intent to [email protected]

North Carolina Workforce Development Coalition, Inc.


Kit Roberts, Program Director, [email protected], 828.713.5880

Mail: NCWDC, Two Town Square Blvd, Suite 370, Asheville NC 28803

Employers who have earned their RFW designation

2 Town Square Blvd, Suite 370, Asheville, NC 28803 +1 (800) 621-2685 [email protected]