Join us in honoring the legacy of former Board Chair, Dorothy Richards, and her commitment to the women, children, and families served by CLARE|MATRIX.
It is no secret that Dorothy Richards impacted many lives! Being a woman in recovery for more than 46 years, she took her own experiences and used them to support individuals through their journey towards healing and fulfillment, living free of alcohol and substance abuse.
Born in New York, spunky Dorothy Richards worked for many years in the advertising field at Ogilvy, Benson & Mather and at BBDO. While traveling, she fell in love with California landscape and traded her snow boots for sandals, making Los Angeles her permanent home. Dorothy married and reared two lovely daughters. In 1986, she joined the administration of Marymount High School, where she worked for more than 21 years, until retiring in 2007.
Dorothy joined the Board of Directors at the CLARE Foundation in 1989 and actively served for 32 years. As a founding board member of CLARE|MATRIX, Dorothy diligently advanced our mission to ensure that the most vulnerable in the community could receive treatment and compassionate care, supported by peers and professionals. While she held many positions on the board, most noted was her service as Board Chair from 1997 – 1999, and more recently, an induction onto the Emeritus Board.
Helping women in recovery was one of Dorothy’s passions. She actively worked with the CLARE|MATRIX Women’s Expansion Project that offers services to pregnant and postpartum women. In 2005, Dorothy was a recipient of the Spirit Award, an honor bequeathed to individuals who exemplify CLARE|MATRIX’s vision of saving lives through recovery, in deeply personal and inspirational ways. In addition, The Dorothy Richards Fund for Women in Recovery was established, designed to provide women without resources for treatment, access to care at CLARE|MATRIX.
Dorothy’s service to CLARE|MATRIX is one that cannot be encapsulated. Believing in our mission, meant to Dorothy, stepping in to help when and how needed. She touched the lives of not only those in need of treatment, but staff as well. Dorothy always wore warm smiles, shared funny stories and spoke kindly to everyone she encountered on the campus of CLARE|MATRIX. And because she kept her finger on the pulse of the organization, it wasn’t unlike her to call or send little notes of thanks to staff. Grand or small, she made a difference in the lives of many and her presence will surely be missed.
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