Darrin Acker joined the staff of Communities for Recovery (CforR) in June of 2014 as Grants Manager, moving up to Program Manager, then Executive Director in 2019. Darrin played an instrumental role in the growth of CforR, as well as in the expansion of peer recovery supports and services in Central Texas. He assisted CforR in successfully achieving their second Joint Commission Accreditation, as well as getting an Exemplary Accreditation from the Counsel on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services in 2019. CforR also received the Joel Hernandez Voice of Recovery Community Award in 2018. Darrin holds true to the values and mission of CforR and believes strongly that recovery is possible for all who seek it.
Darrin has twenty-eight years of experience providing direct care and program management services for community based human services agencies. He provided psycho-social rehabilitative services to individuals with mental health and substance use diagnoses at Blue Bonnet Trails Community Services. In addition, his work history brings a broad array of experience and expertise, including managing an HIV/AIDS case management and outreach program, a juvenile substance abuse prevention program and helping establish a residential treatment program for women who were survivors of prostitution.
Darrin began his work life at age 9 on his family farm in Southern Iowa. This experience laid the foundation for his professional career. In particular, he likes to joke about how raising pigs taught him that a problem ignored or avoided today will usually result in a bigger and messier problem tomorrow! The farm crisis of the 80’s also taught him that hard work doesn’t always result in success- sometimes accepting failure, regrouping and trying something new is the best course of action. Darrin believes; “In the end, it’s not always about what you do, but your attitude as you do it.”
Darrin currently lives in Georgetown, TX, with his wife, son, three dogs and a cat. He enjoys working in his yard, woodworking, reading science fiction and going for walks with his family.