Center for Health and Wellness Innovation

Recovery Resource Center

The Recovery Resource Center supports St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College students who have struggled with substance misuse and addiction and are now committed to sobriety. We offer both a resource center and residential community for students in recovery that are committed to continuing their education.

These programs have proven highly successful; their students have emerged as vibrant campus leaders, typically achieving higher average GPAs than their campus peers. We apply best practice strategies that assist students in developing the behaviors and skills necessary to allow them to succeed academically, personally and professionally while in recovery and offers:

  • A physical space on campus – Recovery Resource Center
  • Safe, supportive on-campus housing
  • Weekly support group meetings
  • Clinical services
  • Sober social events and activities
  • Scholarships
  • Peer-to-peer support and accountability
  • Campus and community information, referrals and advocacy
  • Community service opportunities

Resource Center Location

The Recovery Resource Center (RRC) housed in the newly renovated Center for Health and Wellness Innovation at Eastman Hall provides a safe space and supportive community for students in recovery or seeking recovery from a substance use disorder. Participation at the RRC is completely voluntary and there is no barrier to entry. Students at any stage of recovery and at any point in their academic journeys are welcome.

Come hang out at RRC during our open hours, come to a support group meeting, attend a sober social event or just get in the loop about volunteer opportunities and upcoming activities. Recovery works and can be part of a genuine college experience.

Eastman Hall Room 103
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., after-hours access available to members only

Recovery Community On-Campus Housing

In 2012, we started our residential-based collegiate recovery community, proud to be the first offered at a public university in the upper Midwest. Today, we are among the leading universities across the country that have established residential collegiate recovery communities. We provide support to students who have been in active recovery for a minimum of six months and have a strong desire to continue to live a sober life. Expectations and qualifications can be found in our Housing Addendum.

Members that are a part of the Residential Recovery Community live in the Coborn Plaza Apartments. This high-amenity facility provides a perfect environment for students committed to maintaining their sobriety while also pursuing a college degree and participating as members of a traditional college community. This spacious facility offers each student a furnished private bedroom and bath in a four-person apartment unit. 


Recovery Resource Center Membership

The Recovery Resource Center (RRC) is open to all students, called newcomers. If you’d like membership status you must sign an RRC commitment agreement and complete an online application.

Benefits of membership include 24-hour access to the RRC, scholarship opportunities, sober social events on and off campus, access to coffee/snacks, printing, honor cords, and recovery medallions. 

Residential Recovery Community Application

Students are admitted into the Residential Recovery Community on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each applicant must complete, and abide by, a Recovery Community Agreement, pledging to maintain sobriety and foster community outcomes. Please refer to the Checklist as to the process and necessary items needed.


There are no additional costs to be a member of our Recovery Community. Students in our Residential Community must pay tuition and room and dining fees.

Residential students are eligible for a $1,000 - Mary Beth Wedum Recovery Community Scholarship each semester.

View the estimated cost of attending St. Cloud State.

Students Taking Action in Recovery and Service

Students Taking Action in Recovery and Service (S.T.A.R.S.) is our student organization. S.T.A.R.S. offers hope, self-advocacy, education, and guides students to make responsible choices that support their academic endeavors and their recovery and wellness plans. This organization is inclusive to all students.

All students interested in recovery, wellness and success are encouraged to join. We meet once a week to discuss service opportunities and advocacy initiatives. In addition, we plan and host many social opportunities for members and the community at large. This is a great opportunity to get involved and be active in recovery.

Support Group Meetings

Due to COVID-19, all in-person meetings have been canceled and moved to the Zoom platform. At this time, our AA and NA meetings are the only meetings offered to the public. Recovery Coordinator Thaddeus is also available in the Virtual Lounge for students seeking additional support 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays throughout the summer. The Virtual Lounge and support group meetings are password protected to provide privacy. Please reach out to for the passwords.


The work we do would not be possible without the generous support of the many individuals, families, foundations, and companies. 

To support the mission of our program, consider making a tax-deductible donation. Be sure to select "SCSU Recovery Community Fund" in the fund-designation tab.

What Recovery Community is Not

We are not a treatment program or facility. We do not provide residential or outpatient treatment services. We do not work with government programming such as drug court, probation or parole. We are not a halfway house. We do not provide medication-assisted recovery.

Contact information

Recovery Community
Thaddeus Rybka
Program Coordinator
Phone: 320-308-6119

Department of Residential Life
Phone: 320-308-2166

Phone: 320-308-3981