About Promise Resource Network


Through the wisdom of lived recovery experience, PRN ignites social change, inspires hope and serves as a catalyst for personal greatness.


That every person will find the hope, inspiration and supports to move through challenges, discover their strengths, live their dreams, and find meaningful purpose in their lives.


  • Recovery from mental illness and addiction is not only possible, but with supports, education, and opportunities, can be a reality.
  • Partnership and collaboration produce more viable solutions for the individual and serve as a catalyst for sustainable social change in the community.
  • Providers and individuals benefit from the knowledge and unique perspective that can only be provided by someone with lived recovery experience who employs the evidence-based practices of Peer Support.


  • To serve as a local Recovery resource, providing up to date information, training and individualized support to individuals in recovery, service providers, families and the community.
  • To invest in people with mental health and substance use challenges to move beyond their struggles, pursue their education and secure employment.
  • To coordinate resources, establishing a mental health network where service providers and individuals in recovery work together to support one another and share ideas.
  • To advocate for mental health state reform based on the principles of Recovery.
  • To make recommendations to local and state officials on ways to enhance the mental health system, making it “user friendly” and Recovery oriented.
  • To add to the breadth of research regarding the efficacy of the Recovery Model on mental wellness.
  • To provide HOPE that Recovery is possible.
  • To provide a forum for individuals in recovery to have a voice and influence mental health reform.
  • To recognize and highlight local agencies, professionals and peers who are leaders in Recovery.

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 Principle I: Partnership

People direct their own recovery process, therefore their input is essential and validated throughout the process without fear:

  • A spirit of partnership and collaboration is supported throughout the person directed planning process.
  • A team approach will be utilized to support each person to make educated decisions on their own behalf.
  • All interactions will be supported through equality and mutual respect.

Principle II: Empowerment, Choice and Personal Responsibility

With support and education, people are independent and free to accept responsibility for their own recovery:

  • People know themselves best and are encouraged to guide their own recovery.
  • People are provided with options and supported to make decisions based on what they identify and prioritize as their own goals, wants and needs.
  • People are provided options and choices, not final answers.
  • People are free to voice their concerns and make their own decisions regarding programs, activities and treatment without being labeled.

Principle III: Respect, Dignity and Compassion

Each person has unique strengths, attributes, and challenges. Symptoms and illness are only one part of a person’s experience and is not what defines them:

  • Individuality is appreciated and validated.
  • Everyone’s beliefs, spirituality, culture and religion are honored.
  • Sensitivity to each person’s challenges and circumstances guide the support they are offered.

Principle IV: Hope and Optimism

Recovery is an ongoing process in achieving mental wellness. Relapse can be a natural part of the recovery process that all people can relate to and can learn from:

  • People will be reminded that there are no limits to recovery and reassured that mental wellness is possible and probable.
  • People are encouraged to reflect and make informed decisions.
  • Hope is essential. Even during relapse it lays the groundwork for healing to begin.

Principle V: Self-Acceptance, Personal Growth and Healing

Mental wellness is possible, in part, through self-awareness and acceptance. Personal forgiveness, self-confidence and self-esteem foster the healing process:

  • People have opportunities to learn about themselves, not as defined by their illness or by the way others view them, but based on insight and self exploration.
  • Through education about recovery, available resources and treatment options, people can change, grow and heal.
  • Every person is supported to live a full, meaningful and productive life as defined by themselves.
  • All successes, no matter how small, are recognized and celebrated.

Principle VI: Support

No person goes through life alone. We all rely on someone to talk to and people who care. Supportive teams will work together to create a “safety net.”

  • Recovery from mental illness is most effective when a holistic approach is utilized.
  • Family and friend involvement may enhance the recovery process. Each person defines their own family unit and support team.
  • Peer to peer support is one of the most powerful and helpful tools for recovery.
  • Creativity is key; support persons will work to offer creative solutions and options to meet a person’s needs.
  • All efforts will be made to keep people in their community, utilizing natural supports during wellness and crisis.

Charlotte Business Journal’s Excellence in Healthcare Finalist – 2013

Vocational Rehabilitation Employer of the Year – 2009

National “Pillars of Peer Support: Transforming Mental Health Systems of Care through Peer Support Services” Citation – 2009

NC Program of Excellence – 2007

Click here to view PRN’s 2014 990 Form.

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