Recovery Is Happening was founded in Rochester, Minnesota in 2011 when Tiffany Hunsley, a college student living in long- term recovery, was doing her Capstone Project for a degree in Social Work. While researching how communities actively support and celebrate individuals in long-term recovery she realized that in Southeastern Minnesota there was a startling lack of support, little collaboration and networking between providers, and virtually no advocacy or education about the realities of living in long-term recovery.