We started as a picnic, we grew into a movement
In 2019, a small group of organizers held a festival of celebration for those in recovery from substance abuse. We also invited local resources to exhibit and offer their services to others seeking help for themselves or a loved one. We wanted to meet them where they’re at no matter where they are on their path. The attendance and excitement went well beyond what anyone expected. We heard countless stories of people who couldn’t find support and resources for themselves or a loved one. We quickly learned that this was something our community needed more of. As excitement grew, Recover Michiana Fest grew. In 2021 we held our 2nd annual festival in Howard Park in South Bend, Indiana where our attendance doubled in size. Our grassroots organization attracted people, organizations, and entertainers from across the country who wanted to be a part the movement.In 2022 Recover Michiana, Inc was established as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Through our work and outreach, we have been recognized by the Indiana Recovery Network, a program of Mental Health America of Indiana.
Recover Michiana Mission
- Raise awareness by holding family friendly events across the state of Indiana in an effort to reduce the stigma and increase access to local services for all persons affected by substance abuse.
- Create and maintain a resource hub and provide resource mapping for the purpose of providing free information and access to local services recognizing that there are many acceptable pathways to recovery.
- Provide higher education scholarships for individuals who have lost a parent to substance abuse.
- Provide funding for and access to recovery coaches and peer support who offer guidance and support to individuals and families affected by substance abuse in an effort to break down barriers hindering successful rehabilitation.
Meet the Founders
Beth Szweda, Founder
Director of Finance and Administration
Beth Szweda is the founder and CEO of Correct Property Tax LLC. She began her journey in the recovering community when the opioid crisis severely affected her family. Beth’s family struggled with finding resources for her then husband who battled substance abuse for almost a decade. When the father of her children lost his life to the disease, she started a journey to use her skills as a successful business owner to create change and help other families living through it. Partnering with Alicia began as a way for her and her two kids to transform their pain into purpose to make a difference.
Her role in the organization is focused on creating and executing ideas while maintaining infrastructure and leading the administration.
The Szweda family mission is to support families, and especially kids, who are faced with the pain of growing up with substance abuse in their family. Their passion is in the pursuit of hope, peace, and recovery.
Alicia Wells, Founder