In May 2017, the Statesboro community had the opportunity to come together for the Recovery Symposium, which was supported by a grant from the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Office of Recovery Transformation. Six months of planning went into the symposium, in which stakeholders from the recovery community came together to put on an event that was attended by almost 350 people. There were over 30 exhibitioners; the agenda gave all pathways of recovery a voice and the event was supported by recovery allies in the community. The Recovery Symposium not only gave a face and voice of recovery to Statesboro, but began to break down silos between different recovery support resources. It also conveyed that this area has the capacity to support a recovery community organization (RCO) center like the one proposed by DBHDD.
Through much hard work and planning by several recovery champions (GCSA, and DBHDD of Georgia), Freedom Through Recovery was established in Statesboro in August 2018, and began services for the community in December of 2018.