St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction

Helping drug users help themselves since 1990

For almost three decades, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (SACHR) has been meeting drug users where they are: on the streets and actively engaged in high-risk lifestyles or within the center, where they seek an individualized and comprehensive cluster of healing services.

Joyce Rivera

Founder and Executive Director

The Challenge

Within homes and among the homeless, more and more people are turning to drugs, alcohol and other unhealthy behaviors to relieve fear and anxiety. Addiction and dangerous lifestyle choices lead to a vicious cycle of personal and social injury. Traditional treatment programs view addiction as a disease. They demand abstinence and, as a result, reach only a fraction of addicted users – a mere 20%. The result: many who seek treatment are met with stigma and leave with shame.

A Haven for Healing

We invest in our community’s well being by offering a sanctuary to anyone who needs a healthy place – for a minute or for months. Our harm reduction philosophy is rooted in the practical and proven approach of meeting people on their own turf, on their own terms.

Our services seek to restore each participant’s basic human dignity and are offered free and anonymously to everyone. We measure our progress by the steady steps our participants take to regain their lives, health and self-respect. In our practice, healing is a process, not a destination.

Our Programs

SACHR offers a wide range of programs, ranging from HIV testing to needle exchange, meditation to mental health counseling, meal services to women’s programs. Visit our Programs page to learn more.

A Positive Community Force

Our efforts combine HIV testing, HEP-C testing, needle exchange, counseling, and other harm reduction and healthcare services within a true continuum of care. These services offer a unique combination of programs and solutions to improve health, well-being, and re-integration into the community. We also work extensively to prevent overdoses through Naloxone (Narcan) training and other outreach methods. Click here to learn more.