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The Harris County Drug Court Foundation, Success Through Addiction Recovery (STAR) Program is an alternative to incarceration for long term drug addicts who have been arrested for a drug or drug related offense. The intensive treatment along with the supervision of a caring team of Court professionals ensures the best success for recovery. The STAR Program has a lower recidivism rate than the traditional criminal court system and results in a 50% savings for taxpayers.

Emerson’s recent Share the Plate contributions funded Peer recovery coach training for graduates of the STAR program. This coaching has been validated as an important aspect for the success of addicts’ recovery.

The Harris County Drug Court Foundation was founded as a Social Justice Task Force in 2003 by Emerson members and incorporated as a tax exempt organization in 2006. Emerson provided more than $78,000 in seed money for the formation of the Foundation and has continued to support the Foundation both financially and with volunteers. Emerson is the largest supporter of the Foundation in the Houston community.