An innovative support model for women seeking independence while recovering from addiction.
The Alea Foundation provides tailored support to women seeking independence and sanctuary during their challenging journey to recovery.
The Rise & Shine Program
Bridging the gap between recovery and independence
Who We Help
We welcome all women facing daunting life obstacles, striving to reclaim hope and rebuild their lives.
Assistance finding safe, appropriate housing that maximizes the client's chances of success.
Structured financial support and budget management, up to and including paying basic living expenses directly.
Career support, including long-term planning and support with advancement.
Directory of community resources and resource adherence support.
A supportive and compassionate community that encourages and celebrates recovery.
Coaching in essential life skills, personal hygeine, and recovery support
Collaboration with local institutions, such as schools and culinary organizations, that align with our standards and vision.
Our Rise & Shine program, the inaugural initiative based on a scalable model, aims to achieve a relapse rate of less than 20% within the first two years.
How you can contribute
We are in the process of formalizing our model securing our 501(c)(3) status.
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Meet the Founding Team
United in Purpose
Founder, Executive Director/Program Director
Jenifer Wines is a licensed drug & alcohol counselor, CADCII/ICADC. Her own journey to recovery began on October 26, 2008, when she checked into rehab and confronted her substance use disorder. This life-changing experience sparked a vision and a passion for helping others with similar struggles. After acquiring a home to support those in recovery, Jenifer moved to San Diego for further education in the field of substance abuse. Over eight years, she volunteered and interned at Veteran's Village of San Diego, served as a counselor at Genesis Recovery, and eventually became the Women's Program Director at Green Oak Ranch. It was there that she met Alea Taylor Phillips, a bright, positive force in recovery who inspired others with her enthusiasm for personal growth and her reminder that "life is good!"
Founder, Board Member
Vanessa Vega is a social science researcher specializing in program evaluation and development, educational technology, and professional learning. She has led and contributed to more than 80 unique research and evaluation studies for educational products and programs, and various national surveys and market research studies for non-profits and corporations. She is passionate about using quantitative and qualitative research to answer timely and complex questions with accurate and actionable insights. She has a BA from UCLA, and PhD from Stanford, both in Communication
Founder, Board Member
Cara Lindsey is a social worker with a BA in Sociology from UCSC and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Assistive Technology, from San Diego State. With over 25 years of experience, she has advocated for adults and children with disabilities through various roles at San Diego Regional Center, Early Intervention, and the Exceptional Family Member Program. A dedicated military spouse, Cara received the 2013 Military Spouse of the Year award at Kaneohe Bay for creating a support network for spouses aiding service members with PTSD. Passionate about serving vulnerable populations, she focuses on addiction, disability, and impoverished communities. Alea was Cara's beloved sister.
Founder, Board Member
Jared Peters is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur committed to making an impact in the lives of determined individuals seeking a way out of addiction. He is especially interested in developing innovative approaches that are scalable and haven't been tried before. Jared knew Alea since she was an infant and saw firsthand how difficult the reality of recovery can be. He is excited by the possibility of creating something that would have helped Alea and other women as brave and earnest as her.
Alea Taylor Phillips
Born in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Aug. 10, 1993, Alea was known for her generous spirit, unending kindness, infectious laugh, and soul-kissing smiles.
She was an avid runner who loved music and dance. Alea was especially proud of her work assisting children with developmental disabilities.
Alea struggled with addiction for many years and was close to entering a new program before her life was cut tragically short. She devoted much of her free time to service projects, including homeless outreach and building houses for the poor in Mexico.
She spread joy to those around her and looked for the good in everyone. Alea passed away on June 15, 2021 at the age of 27.
Together, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of women in need
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