BRC HISTORY

The Bainbridge Recovery Club (BRC) was the vision of local resident Rick Ward back in 2008.

Inspired by his own journey through Alcoholics Anonymous, Rick had a vision for a recovery club similar to one he attended in Florida, but nestled in his home area of Chagrin Falls. It would be a sanctuary of healing and camaraderie with rooms for meetings and fellowship.

With a team of nine dedicated AA leaders by his side, each driven by a shared commitment to service, Rick founded the BRC offering hope to those battling addiction. The original trustees provided leadership, unwavering dedication and the funding required through the early years. They set the stage for the BRC’s success, serving as a shining example of the transformative power of giving back and being of service to others on the journey to recovery.

Rick stepped down from the board in 2014 and passed the baton of leadership. Today, the BRC stands as a beacon of resilience and a testament to the power of “The We.” Together, we provide more than a building and self-sustaining club. The BRC is a lifeline for those seeking solace and support on the path to recovery. As of 2024, the BRC hosts 26 meetings with a combined attendance of about 600 people each week. Hundreds have recovered here and developed lifelong friendships. They’ve dramatically changed their own lives, their family’s and the entire community surrounding Chagrin Falls.

The Bainbridge Recovery Club (BRC) was the vision of local resident Rick Ward back in 2008.