Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc.

If you wish to be connected to recovery support but are new or do not have phone lists, please contact us at and we will connect to you a community member willing to help.

As always, the AA hotline is available. 607-273-1541



Hi All,

We hope everyone is staying well and staying connected as best as possible.  We have a couple brief updates.  The first is that 518 will continue to stay closed following the Governor’s extension of the stay at home order.
Rent – All groups may skip a month of rent.  Several groups will have already paid rent for April, or even for the quarter.  All we ask is that you respond to this email with which month you intend to skip payment.  We will record it in our log.
Lastly – Ithaca Community Recovery is financially healthy and will be ready and able to open once we get to the other side of this pandemic.  We have solid reserves in place and will keep up with the utility bills, cleaning costs, insurance etc.  But if you are inclined to contribute towards the building to help with these expenses we invite you to do so through our website:
Please stay well,
ICR Board Of Directors

President, Thomas Evans Vice-President, Colleen Dobbins Cowan Treasurer, Secretary, Sue Miller James J. Buzzard Shelby Champlain Lee Johnson II Kaki Johnston Eleni Murdough Roy Murdough David Rosenbaum Isaac Streit Katy Walkers Buz Boothroyd (emeritus)




For Zoom users: With the rush to shift to online meetings, many of us did not take time to investigate what this meant to the spiritual foundation of our recovery – namely, anonymity. Now that online meetings are accessible, we want to pass on best practices for protecting anonymity.

These have been curated from the membership and online resources.

The default Zoom settings run counter to AA’s spiritual foundation of anonymity. The meetings are publicly accessible and full names and faces are often displayed. Additionally, by default all Zoom meetings are recorded to the cloud. Turning that feature off is simple, fortunately.

There are other settings in the Meeting subtab that can also be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing.

Here are some suggested settings for your meeting to use. Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below are not the Zoom default:

Go to: Settings > Recording and click off the Local and Cloud recording features.

In the Zoom Settings section, under the Meeting subtab:

• Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints

• Disable Auto saving chats

• Disable File transfer

• Disable Feedback to Zoom

• Disable Screen sharing

• Disable desktop/screen share for users

• Disable Remote control

• Allow Virtual background (this is the Zoom default and allows the user to use a virtual background instead of the inside of their apartment, for example)

In the Zoom Settings section, under the Recording subtab:

• Disable Local recording

• Disable Cloud recording

• Disable Automatic recording

518 West Seneca Street is owned by a not for profit corporation called “Ithaca Community Recovery.” ICR was formed by a group of local people for the purpose of providing a meeting and activity space for Ithaca’s recovering community.518d
We offer affordable meeting, office and program space featuring:

  • convenient downtown location
  • handicapped accessibility
  • meeting rooms
  • a children’s playroom
  • off street parking

Our Mission…

Ithaca Community Recovery is a not-for-profit corporation serving as a community resource. We provide safe, affordable, drug/alcohol free meeting and event space for 12 Step and other recovery oriented groups, individuals and their families.

Our Vision…

We accomplish our mission by maintaining an involved Board of Directors and a solid management structure with the intention of functioning based on sound management practices, while sensitive to 12 Step principles. As a Board, we will maintain responsible financial and administrative practices including planning for capital improvements and future growth, funding maintenance projects, and providing resources to ensure the long range viability of Ithaca Community Recovery.

Our History…

Since 1909 our home at 518 West Seneca Street has been an Ithaca landmark.  Designed by architect William Henry Miller, the Children’s Home opened as an orphanage housing children until 1952.  It then served a citywide congregation as the Assembly of God Church until 1999.

ICR Board of Directors

Full list available to view here