About Us

Who We Are

What does our logo mean?

Each color in our icon logo represents a piece of who we are.
Purple Pillar: Education
Dark Brown Pillar: Compassion
Light Brown Pillar: Resources
Red & Orange Stack: A reminder of those we have lost to substance abuse.
Yellow: A ray of golden light - proof of a new day on the horizon.

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Our Team

Meet Our Board of Directors

Jewell Meringer
Former President
Allen Meringer
Pastor Bill Pierson
Director of Congregational Outreach
Linda Christensen
Director of Education
Robin Hain
Jennifer Fretz Smith
Director of Outreach
Manatee County

Our History

The Suncoast Institute on Chemical Dependency was initially established as the Florida division of the Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency (SICD) in 2014. SICD began in Georgia in January 2010 as a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and expanded into Florida in 2014.  In 2016, in order to better serve our Suncoast communities, we re-established as the Suncoast Institute, an independent, faith-based, 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation registered in the state of Florida. Our mission continues to be to provide  educational programs at no cost to all who are interested in learning more about addiction disease and the recovery process.