Mr. William Campbell is the founder of New Journeys in Recovery (NJIR) and a life long resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Campbell and NJIR have been servicing the treatment needs of persons struggling with an addiction to alcohol and other drugs in the North Central Philadelphia area for the last 17 years. His knowledge of recovery and the conviction to give excellent service and assistance to the "at risk" community have taken him on an incredible journey. The first part of Mr. Campbell’s journey began in 1968 when he opened a Methadone Clinic in North Philadelphia. Mr. Campbell participates in the Lifers program at Graterford prison and generally does not miss an opportunity to go back to his roots to encourage those who are still struggling with addictions. At present, NJIR operates programs at two locations. Mr. Campbell's vision is to open a new and modern facility that will afford an array of holistic services to NJIR clients.
In June of 2006, Mr. Campbell received the City of Philadelphia's Making a Difference Award, presented by the Mayor's Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission. In 2007, he turned 75 years young was presented with congratulations from the Senate of Pennsylvania at a celebration given in his honor at the African American Museum
Mr. Campbell is a member of the FBI Community Partnership Program. He is married to his lovely wife Juanita Davidson Campbell and is the father of five daughters and two sons, the grandfather of 16 and great-grandfather of four. Mr. Campbell attends the West Oak lane Church of God in Christ under the Pastor-Ship of Horace Sheppard Jr. where he serves as a deacon in good standing. His motto could read, "LET MY WORK SPEAK FOR ME." Mr. Campbell is tireless in helping others maintain a good Christian sober life and we applaud him for his love for all people. He continues to be thankful and knows that the “U-turns” are allowed, so that people going the wrong way can turn around and start a New Journey in Recovery.
Mr. Michael Thevar started his career working as a drug and alcohol counselor with New Journeys in Recovery in 1992. He went on to work at Mustard Seed, Inc. and later on to Ameri Choice Behavioral Health and Magellan Health services as a clinical service manager. Mr. Thevar also worked as Director of Admissions at Fairmount Behavioral Health System and Kirkbride Hospital.
In 2000, Mr. Thevar started a behavioral Health care staffing company called Temp Solutions, Inc. which provided mental health staffing to various mental health facilities in Philadelphia and the suburbs. In 2007, he started Omni Health Services, Inc., an outpatient mental health services and BHRS provider in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware Counties. Since 2006, Mr. Thevar has served New Journeys in Recovery as a Board Member and in September 2012 he was elected as NJIR’s Executive Director.