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4th Anniversary Speaker Highlights

Waterfront Celebrates Staff Graduations


College of the Redwoods Spring 2022 graduation was a family affair for Waterfront Recovery Services. Staff member Jeremy Campbell shown here with WRS Medical Director Dr. Ruby Bayan (above left) and WRS Board member and CR professor in the Addiction Studies Program, Stuart Altschuler (above right). Campbell graduated with 3 degrees!

AS Social Work & Human Services

AA Liberal Arts: Behavioral Social Science Addictions Studies Certificate


Randy Patton, WRS SUD Counselor (right) with Professor Altschuler graduated with an Addiction Studies Certificate.


Community Steps Up To Honor
John McManus and Support WRS
Sunday June 5th. Click here for info.

John McManus 1964 - 2022

raising the bar for care in our community. McManus walked the walk and showed others the way. We will forever be indebted to this tenacious and compassionate man.

Family, friends and community collaborators came together at his memorial to celebrate the life of this powerhouse that ended too soon due to ALS. Speakers shared stories about McManus as loving father, smart, compassionate advocate, amazing musician and most of all, hilarious friend. Laughter marked most interactions with him and this occasion was no different. There was a general sense of appreciation that we had this wonderful man in our lives.

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It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Alcohol Drug Care Services’ Executive Director and Waterfront co-founder John McManus. He was a fearless, street-smart visionary who insisted on

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Waterfront Celebrates Four Year Anniversary!

Waterfront Recovery Services observed our 4th Anniversary on November 1st with a celebration that especially honored co-founder, John McManus. Guests, staff and officials from local government and health agencies shared stories about all of the hard work and the  unique collaborations that served to raise the bar for delivering Substance Use Disorder services in Humboldt County. Details in slide show below.

Music Program Honors Co-founder McManus

As a way to honor co-founder and talented musician, John McManus, Dr. Ruby Bayan has added a Sunday afternoon music program that aligns with the Waterfront inclusion of creativity in the healing process. Facilitated by staff members Wade Mallett and Jamie George, residents and program graduates gather to share and learn music, often joined by some of McManus’ musician friends and family. Generous donations of instruments from the community are greatly appreciated. Full story on our Community page.

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Waterfront Celebrates 5th Anniversary!

On November 1st we celebrated the 5th anniversary of Waterfront Recovery Services. The year seems to have zipped by with so many changes and challenges that it almost got away from us! The 4th anniversary celebration focused on honoring our visionary co-founder, John McManus. He lost his battle with ALS in May and we have been working hard to fill the void he left. Our team is doing an amazing job of staying true to the mission and growing into the long-term Waterfront Recovery Services vision.

On this 5th anniversary, we have so much to celebrate. Medical Director and co-founder Dr. Ruby Bayan formally introduced our new Executive Director Jeremy Campbell to those in attendance. Some of those in attendance have been collaborators from the beginning and some are new partners from other parts of Northern California working with us to implement the crisis triage center. This was the last project John McManus prioritized as his health declined. It’s incredibly rewarding to now have a team of professionals, local and from other regions, engaged and contributing to making this much needed program a reality. We’ll keep you updated as this exciting project develops.

Two program graduates who now work at Waterfront shared their stories and touched hearts. As always, the food from the kitchen was beautiful and delicious!


Wishing a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season to All

The holiday season is in full swing at Waterfront, led as always by the amazing Jessica and Jesse Pearson from our kitchen. The comfort and caring they bring creates a sense of family - and includes family! They start shopping for gifts early. This year warm socks and blankets for residents. In December Toys for Tots is their go-to for the children of Waterfront clients. Jessica demonstrates gift wrapping and her mom sews stockings for everyone. Decorations and fabulous food make the holidays festive and fun and most importantly healthy and sober!

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