Dr. Lloyd Thomas Reid is Founder and Chairman of SouthWest Nu-Stop Recovery and Educational Center
Dr. Lloyd Thomas Reid is Founder and Chairman of SouthWest Nu-Stop Recovery and Educational Center (SWNSREC) , a substance abuse and treatment facility. SWNSREC serves the Philadelphia Area via two multifaceted robust treatment facilities located in Southwest and North Central Philadelphia. Dr. Reid’s national vision is already felt in his most recent venture in South Carolina, where he co-founded the appropriately named, Carolina Human Reinvestment. Both community focused and people-centered endeavors exemplify Dr. Reid’s passion for liberating people struggling with “poverty and urban infused” behavioral health and co-occurring disorders, as he and many inner-city youth experienced. Appropriately so, his academic path culminated into obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services degree from America Central University, subsequent to earning his B.A. and Master Degree in Human Services from what is now known as Antioch University. Armed with the combined weapons of formal education and a particularly unique urban perspective, Dr. Reid is known to be a force to reckon with, especially as an expert in economic, political and social nuances of urban plight and its impact on behavioral health.
Dr. Reid was born and raised in the James Weldon Johnson Projects in North Philadelphia and educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. Fervently committed to avoiding the outcome of “the dynamic aspects of minority urban living”, at an early age he joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after three years of service. It was, then that he began a relentless attack on the injustices that were so prevalent in the African American community. Affectionately known then by friends, family and colleagues alike as “Tommie”, he began this strategic and ardent fight by being a part of a black independent political movement.
Dr. Reid, at the age of twenty-one, was elected as Committeeman in the 14th Division, 3rd Ward. This ward won city-wide acclaim for being the first and only black independent ward in the city of Philadelphia. For the next thirty years, Dr. Reid distinguished himself as a civic and political leader. In 1973 he founded the Gang Control Component of the Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia Adult Probation Department. Given the success of this program, it was a model used as the pilot program for the nationally acclaimed Crisis Intervention Network, Inc., a comprehensive gang control program, which he co-founded. In 1980, Dr. Reid was honored by being asked to the White House to work on President Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign committee as a National Coordinator for African- American affairs.
Dr. Reid is married to the former Theresa Levoy Taylor and they are the proud parents of four sons, Lloyd Jr., Daryl, Tony and Levoy. Mrs. Theresa Reid joined SWNSREC, after retiring from The Philadelphia Department of Public Welfare (DPW). She originally wanted to just provide temporary support to her husband's endeavor, by capitalizing on the 30 years of experience and skills garnered at DPW. However, after ten years at SWNSREC Mrs. Reid is currently the Chief of Operations.
Dr. Reid is involved with numerous community organizations such as Blacks Networking for Progress, Black Families Services, and the African-American Delaware Valley Port Corporation. These are just a few of the organizations in which he has committed his time and energy. His affiliations also include membership with the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, where he serves as Chairman of the Deacon Board; Mt. Olive Lodge No.27; Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge; Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, and Friendship Chapter No.4 HR.A.M of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Reid, with his wife Theresa by his side, continues to be a visible leader on the streets of Philadelphia, speaking out against criminal and social discord that affects the African-American community. However, in sincere moments of sharing his passions, it becomes clear that his most loved professional role is counseling individuals and families struggling with the challenges of behavioral health cycles or pitfalls.
Dr. Reid says, "There is only one word to describe what he experience when life-changing encounters unfold…Liberating"!