We envision our community becoming self-sustaining, healthy, and productive. We believe people can live full, enriched lives in recovery. 

About Us

Freedom House Recovery Center is committed to a person-centered, strengths-based approach to behavioral health programs and services. We promote a philosophy of respect for and recognition of the individuality of each person.

Our mission is to serve all in our community on their path to recovery – no matter who they are or what challenges they face.  We work towards our mission daily by focusing on what makes us unique:

No Matter Who: We’re committed to serving all in our community on their journey to recovery.
No Matter What: With a full spectrum of services, we’re ready to support our community from the moment they come to Freedom House.
No Matter When: With 24/7/365 crisis support and 50+ years of experience, we’re positioned to meet individuals seeking recovery where they are when they need us most.

Our Mission

To serve all in our community on their path to recovery – no matter who they are or what challenges they face.

Our Vision

All seeking recovery are connected to the care and resources they need to reach their fullest potential.

Our Beliefs

All are worthy of a full life in recovery. That hope in recovery awaits all who seek it. That through accessible treatment, a life in recovery is possible for all. 


From our beginning as a social setting detox and halfway house in Chapel Hill, we have consistently grown to address the critical and changing needs of North Carolinians in our service area. We have expanded both our services and our geographic reach through innovative programs and partnerships. We hold a strong belief that support for people in need is support for positive change throughout our entire community; not only for those who have lost their way through substance abuse, or for people challenged by mental illnesses, but for all of us who will benefit from a healthy, productive, and self-sustaining community.


Freedom House is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. Our 16-bed Facility-Based Crisis Unit in Chapel Hill serves adults who need immediate support for acute substance use and/or mental health emergencies. The outpatient clinic provides walk-in crisis services for adults and children struggling with substance abuse, and/or mental illness, as well as programs geared toward meeting ongoing behavioral health needs. Mobile Crisis Services are available for all ages and disability groups 24 hours a day 7-days a week.
In addition to routine mental health and substance use treatment and medication management for adults and children, Freedom House also provides Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for those with Opioid Use Disorder, Peer Support Services that allow those with lived experience to support clients as they navigate their recovery plan at home and in the community, Illness Management and Recovery groups to assist individuals in managing their overall mental health and many other evidence-based therapies.


meet our team

Meet the Senior Leadership Team at Freedom House

Joyce Harper

Chief Executive Officer

Joyce Harper is a graduate of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School – Executive MBA Program. She has nearly 30 years of experience in organizational leadership for non-profit and for-profit organizations. She brings the best of business building and blends it seamlessly with outreach and impact – resulting in fiscally sound and efficient organizations that make a difference in the community. Joyce is the mother of a North Carolina State sophomore and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Shaneka Parker

Chief Financial Officer

My name is Shaneka Parker and I am from Raleigh, NC. I graduated from East Carolina University with a BS/BA degree in Finance, and Masters of Science in Accounting. I became an NC Licensed Certified Public Accountant in 2017. I began my career in public accounting with Grant Thornton, PLLC as a Senior Tax Associate. During my time with GT, I gained experience in many different service lines including Corporate Tax, Trusts and specialized in Indirect Tax. I have always had a passion to serve the community through working with nonprofits. I am delighted to serve as Chief Financial Officer for Freedom House Recovery Center, Inc.

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Heather Griffin-Dolciney

Vice-President of Quality Assurance and Training

Heather is a licensed clinical social worker and addictions specialist who began her career as a graduate of Hunter College‘s School of Social Work in New York City. After working with the unhoused in the NYC shelter system for a decade, she came to North Carolina where she served Freedom House as Clinical Director for 16 years before moving into her current role as VP of Quality Assurance and Training.

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Dr. James Groce

Medical Director

I was raised on a farm in western NC. After High School, I moved to the Research Triangle for college at NCSU and Medical School at UNC. I worked as a staff psychiatrist at Dorothea Dix Hospital for 31 years. During that time, I was board certified in Forensic Psychiatry for 20 years and did court ordered Forensic Evaluations. I testified in cases in all 100 counties in NC. Also, I have worked throughout my career treating individuals with substance use problems. Married—one son

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Timeka Harper-Purcell

Clinical Director

Timeka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She received her graduate and post graduate degrees from North Carolina Central University. She has worked in the Mental Health/Substance Use disorder field for over 13 years and is a passionate advocate for individuals seeking recovery. She believes “Recovery is possible for anyone and everyone who wants it.

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Robin Henry

Director of Operations

Robin Henry is the Director of Operations where she is managing the day to day operations with strong supportive leadership in the area of Facilities and IT services. Robin has spent time providing service and leadership most recently 2 years as the City of Durham’s Cemetery Administrator managing operations and implementing new data software. She has also spent 8 years at Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas providing grounded leadership and advisement as the Executive Director for homeless programs and services. Robin has experience working with diverse populations such as families in recovery, homeless individuals and Veterans during her career. In her current role she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Facilities and IT Management , ensuring policies and procedures are implemented, manage budgets and outcomes and an ongoing running list of tasks associated with providing outstanding services.

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