Community Mobilization

SouthWest Nu-Stop Recovery and Educational Center (SWNSREC)

significantly benefits from Dr. Reid’s background in community

mobilization, which is defined as “a capacity bbuilding process

through which community individuals, groups, or organizations plan,

carry out and evaluate activities on a participatoryand sustained

basis to improve health and other needs on their own binitiative or

stimulated by others”.  SWNSREC utilizes mobilization to increase

awareness of community centered and people focused behavioral

health issues, pending legislation and political brokers. Working with

people of all walks of life and religious affiliations, the goal is to bring

diverse stakeholders together on common cause.  SWNSREC

collaborative approach increases momentum and decision making

that otherwise would not occur due to cultural, personal and political



“Mobilization also fosters strong

relationships between local

governments, businesses and

community members.”


SWNSREC is proud of the direct and genuine cultural connection with the communities we serve.  Our philosophy is one of respecting the input and concerns of local citizens, i.e. making sure they are in the driver’s seat when developing policies and services.  Thus, new programs and legislative support will be appropriately influenced by the community needs.  Allowing communities to play a key role in solving its own problems, compliments SWNSREC's philosophy on recovery partnership:  “fulfills people’s rights to participate and to determine their own future”.


Some of the key and sustained outcomes of SWNS community mobilization efforts are:


  • Transcending cultural and political differences to meet on equal terms in order to facilitate a
    participatory and collaborative process,

  • Development of ongoing dialogue, adequate information and support about all aspects
    of behavioral health issues,

  • Being recognized as an organizations aimed at improving behavioral health challenges
    and its impact on the disenfranchised,

  • Individual and community awareness they are empowered to shape solutions for their
    own community’s behavioral health needs,

  • Community participation in ways that recognize, accept and respect diversity and equity,
    especially those residents most affected by behavioral health issue,

  • Partnerships with community members in all phases of a project to create locally appropriate
    responses to drug and alcohol addiction and crisis issues,

  • Identifying and supporting the creative potential of communities to develop a variety of strategies
    and approaches to improve health status;

  • Linking the communities we serve with external resources to aid them in their efforts to stay
    aware of the legislative policies and stakeholders that impact improvements in behavioral health.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Bennie Swans, III:

484-844-5240 or contact via email: