The Recovery Connection provides residential treatment and transitional/sober living services for women that struggle with substance use.  We believe in heart-centered care for all. 

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Our Mission

Mission Statement: The Recovery Connection aims to provide the highest standards for safe and structured recovery housing.  Our person-centered and strength-based support services will encourage individuals to not only recover from addiction, but to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.  In our program, connection is key.  

About Us

As a service provider for those that struggle with substance use, it is important to recognize the crucial pillars for a strong foundation in recovery.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2020), there are four main dimensions that support and sustain life in recovery: health, home, purpose, and community.  The Recovery Connection helps individuals not only recover from drugs and alcohol but also to lead fulfilling lives by addressing all of these dimensions.  We believe that our substance use treatment service provides individuals with the clinical and peer support needed to thrive upon transition into autonomy and independence within their community. 

The Recovery Connection currently offers two programs for women that struggle with substance use disorder.  Our first location is a treatment center licensed through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services that provides low level residential services in alignment with ASAM’s 3.1 level of care.  We provide 24-hour support and offer 10-12 hours of treatment and/or programming per week for women that struggle with substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions.  The second location is a transitional living program that provides housing and recovery related services.  Both models allow clients to transition back into the workforce as individuals are allowed to leave the facilities for outside commitments conducive to recovery maintenance and independence. We support our clients in building a solid foundation in recovery rooted in purpose and connection in order to maintain long-term success.  

Both of our residential and transitional living programs for women are located in the city of Winchester, Virginia (approximately 75 miles west of Washington, DC).  Our compassionate, professional, and understanding staff works with each client in developing individualized treatment plans that are based on realistic and attainable goals.  We believe in a strength-based and person-centered approach where individuals can feel safe and supported during this difficult phase of their lives.  We respect and acknowledge the complexities within the realm of behavioral health.  Through clinical care, peer support, and monitored structure, clients engage in daily meaningful activities and establish networks of support with others in the community.

In our program, we prioritize the vital element of connection to self, others, and the world. Our deepest and most genuine intention is the focus on connection while we support individuals to recover, heal, and thrive.


 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2017, September 20). Recovery and recovery support. Retrieved from        

The Recovery Connection is accredited through the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences (VARR).  VARR's mission is to "set high quality standards for recovery residences in Virginia and accredit residences that meet the rigorous criteria".  VARR is our state affiliate of The National Alliance for Recovery Residences.  For more information please visit



Julie Funkhouser
Co-Founder & CEO


Originally from McLean, Virginia, Julie is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Recovery Connection. She moved to Winchester in April of 2008 seeking help for her substance use disorder. After several trips to treatment all over the country and a near fatal overdose, Julie has remained in recovery ever since. 


Julie returned to school and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Shenandoah University. For the next three years, Julie worked at a local mental health clinic managing the Quality Assurance and Compliance department, as well as facilitating substance use group therapy. She received training and became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the state of Virginia. During this time, she became a certified REVIVE! Naloxone Trainer and dove into various public speaking engagements to promote recovery awareness. 


Julie is currently pursuing her certification through the Virginia Board of Counseling as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.  As a result of the tragic loss of her late husband Danny in 2018, she is heavily involved in advocacy for mental health and substance use at the local, state, and federal levels. After successfully passing legislation in 2020 known as “Danny’s Law” in the state of Virginia, she continues working alongside leaders all over the country to improve the behavioral healthcare system. Julie has participated in the federal drafting of legislation through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and is working with other key partners in the development of model law legislation.


In addition to her experience with executive management, clinical and peer-based elements of behavioral healthcare, Julie actively practices a variety of modalities of holistic healing and is a certified Reiki practitioner. She currently resides in Stephens City with her 2 small children, Rylee and Tyler. 

Favorite Quote:

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."

Meredith Speir

Co-Founder & COO

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Meredith Speir is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Recovery Connection.  She previously attended George Mason University and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions & Recovery from Liberty University.  Meredith is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the state of Virginia.

Meredith relocated to Winchester, Virginia in 2007 after she went through treatment for substance use disorder.  Since relocating to Winchester, she has adjusted to "living in the valley" and has a deep passion for recovery and helping others along in their journey in recovery. For many years, she has served as a volunteer at a local treatment center and facilitated hands-on and interactive aftercare services for clients.  Meredith comes from a Marketing & Sales background and previously worked for The Data & Marketing Association, GMAC and Navy Federal Credit Union.  


Meredith currently resides in Winchester with her husband who is a small business owner in Frederick County, Virginia and 7-year old daughter.  She is in long-term recovery from the disease of addiction and is passionate about helping those that desire to find a new way to live. 

Favorite Quote:

"You have the power to say, this is NOT how my story will end."

Jackie Beaulieu
Recovery House Manager


Jackie Beaulieu, originally from Washington DC, is the Recovery House Manager of The Recovery Connection. Jackie lived in the Tidewater area with her husband for several years.  She moved to Winchester in 2016 in search of treatment for her substance use disorder that she has struggled with for many years. 

While in the Tidewater area Jackie received her Associates degree in Culinary Arts. She has always had a passion for bringing joy to people’s lives and making a difference and found that through her creativity as a Chef. After coming into recovery, she realized that her passion was not only in the culinary world, it was also in the world of addiction and making a difference in others who share in this common struggle. Jackie is passionate about building connections with our residents at The Recovery Connection.   
Jackie is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the state of Virginia and currently resides in Winchester, VA at our transitional living home.   She is also trained in First Aid/CPR/AED.  

Abby Holbach
Direct Care Specialist


Originally from Warrenton, Virginia. Abby is a Direct Care Professional at The Recovery Connection.  She has previously lived all over Northern Virginia as well as Charlotte North Carolina where she battled with addiction for nearly half her life. Abby moved to Winchester in the fall of 2017 after seeking treatment for her substance abuse disorder.

Since Abby first completed her treatment she has been passionate about giving back and truly believes in the therapeutic value of one addict helping another. Working in the field of Recovery has been a dream for Abby for many years. With just four months clean, that dream came true for her when she started working overnights at another local treatment facility.

Abby is currently going through Peer Recovery Specialist Training  and has also been trained in CPR, First Aid and AED. She currently resides in Winchester with her boyfriend and pitbull.  Abby is also a certified Reiki Healing Instructor.

When she’s not busy helping others in recovery you can find Abby hiking, cooking or having a good snuggle with Jax watching Netflix.



The Recovery Connection Program Services Include:

Food & Beverage


Utilities - electric, gas, cable, Internet, & Phone

Fitness & Wellness Classes

Gym Membership

Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness Groups

Individual Weekly Progress Meetings

Case Management

Weekly House Meetings

Recovery Education & Relapse Prevention Workshops

Life Skills Classes

Aftercare Planning

Assistance for Connecting with Local Resources



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