The NEW Fellowship Club

Donors—you make a difference!

Your generous gifts to the Fellowship Club campaign have built something incredible: A spectacular resource that will help thousands more grow strong in their recovery. The enhancements to Hazelden's Fellowship Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, are numerous. Visit to see images of the beautiful new facility and more details on expanded services.


  • $10,000,000 Fellowship Club campaign fundraising goal
  • $9,400,000 raised to date from generous donors like YOU
  • 350% expansion in size, from 12,000 to 55,000 square feet
  • 150% increase in capacity for outpatients, from 85 to 210
  • 90% increase in capacity for residential patients, from 28 to 55
  • 60% increase in capacity for day treatment patients, from 36 to 60
  • 100% increase in mental health treatment capacity, from 600 to 1,200, thanks to our new mental health clinic
  • $600,000 still needed by the end of 2016 to reach our goal and complete the Fellowship Club expansion project

Chatting with Brigi & T. Mychael at the new Fellowship Club

In honor of the expansion and renovation of Fellowship Club, at our St. Paul campus, we recently invited two alumni to reminisce about their time there. Brigi V. spent two months as an outpatient at Fellowship Club in 2009. T. Mychael R. lived there for 90 days in 1990.

Brigi and T. Mychael (pictured above) still care so deeply about Fellowship Club that they both worked as volunteers on the campaign to raise funds from generous donors like you, who are making the new facility possible.

There's a 20-year gap between their experiences here, but Brigi and T. Mychael have a lot of memories and feelings in common. Here are some excerpts from their conversation.

Brigi: It's hard to explain what makes Fellowship Club so special. For me, that first time I walked into the manor, I remember feeling peaceful . . . a new sense of calm. I felt I was where I needed to be, that things would get better.

T. Mychael: Brigi, you hit the nail on the head. Fellowship Club is enriched with a sense of the strong, broad shoulders of those who came through those doors before us and found promise and hope.

When I left treatment, there was no room in Fellowship Club. I stayed at a nearby homeless shelter. I'd walk here every day and stand outside in the cold, tapping on the window. They always let me in to eat dinner with them. After ten days, one of the counselors said, "We've got to get this guy a bed—he's practically living here!"

Brigi: I had a lot of broken relationships when I came into the program. But here, you get a chance to start fresh. I learned from peers and worked with staff who had had the same experiences. At first, it was hard to talk about what I was feeling but building that trust was so important, and soon I was sharing what was in my heart. It gave me a big boost in the right direction—building a life for myself and feeling I was worth it.

T. Mychael: Fellowship means community. Fellowship Club is a community of like-minded people who want the best for everyone. It was there for me when I needed it. That first year, I came back occasionally to hang out and get meals. That was important, to have that space, that safe haven—even though I'd completed the program.

Brigi: For me, fellowship means friendship—and meaningful connections. Today, I still have some of these friendships. We don't see each other all the time, but when we do, it's like no time has passed. It's amazing!

T. Mychael: I knew the renovation would have a real impact. You know what transpires when you get a new look— whether it's losing 20 pounds, or finding that perfect dress or suit. It gives you pride, a sense of purpose, an extra push to do things differently. People feel: "Look at this—I need to step up to the plate. I owe it to myself and to these people who have given me this incredible space to do my work."

Brigi: It's so important, because now they can serve so many more people. I was excited to be part of the campaign effort because I believe so strongly in what everyone does here. I've seen it work in my life. I've seen it work for others.

T. Mychael: I just want to say something . . . it may sound pollyanna-ish. But I want to earnestly thank the donors who gave to this campaign. There's a great quote by the author Melody Beattie that expresses how I feel about Fellowship Club, and explains what Brigi and I have experienced. It goes like this:

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."

YOU can be a part of the NEW Fellowship Club

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