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About Us

That Zen Life Wellness Foundation

That Zen Life Wellness Foundation, Inc., located in Suffolk, Virginia, is not just any non-profit organization. It is a beacon of hope and a source of strength for those who are on their path toward recovery. Established in 2017, our foundation has been dedicated to fostering a sense of community and providing resources that promote whole health wellness.

Purpose, Philosophy, and Programs

​We champion Comprehensive Wellness and Recovery.  We support and promote recovery from substance use disorders and mental health in a non-clinical environment.  That Zen Life is dedicated to offering a peer-driven program for adults, ages 18 and older.  Our mental health and recovery support services are provided to the insured and uninsured.  In collaboration with Zeno Wellness Group, we offer a coordinated network of community-based services and support.  We offer peer recovery support services, individual, and/or group sessions and stress and anger management training.  That Zen Life offers educational training on substance use disorders and mental health.  Furthermore, we provide 72-hour training in becoming a peer recovery specialist.  

That Zen Life practices a trauma informed approach to include:

- the realization of the widespread impact of trauma and to understand the potential paths for recovery

- the recognition of signs and symptoms of trauma in clients

- actively seeking to resist re-traumatization

Our trauma-informed approach adheres to the following principles:

  • Safety

  • Trustworthiness and Transparency

  • Peer Support

  • Collaboration and Mutuality

  • Empowerment 

  • Humility and Responsiveness


Our programs are committed to putting a face to healthy well-living, while on the journey of recovery from Substance Use disorders, Trauma, Re-Entry programs, and Poor Mental Health.


We help build recovery communities and restorative practices through Education, Training, and Peer driven programs.


What is the definition of Wellness in a Non-Clinical Setting?

Our definition of wellness in a non-clinical setting is:

Increasing awareness of needs and remaining connected to rebuild a life, such as:

  • Basic principles of self-care

  • Basic principles of supporting client engagement and care coordination, in support of suicide prevention.

  • Basic principles of providing a welcoming and nurturing environment of resources, community, and guidance needed to overcome substance use disorders and mental health challenges.

​What is the definition of Recovery and Peer Recovery Support?

Our definition of Recovery

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential, in community and family life.

Our definition of Peer Recovery Support Specialist

A Peer Recovery Support Specialist is a person with "lived experience" who has been trained to support those who struggle with mental health, psychological trauma, or substance disorders. Their personal experience of these challenges provides peer support specialists with expertise that professional training cannot replicate.


                                              Our Why... 


In Honor of ...
David L. Rudolph, Jr.
1988 - 2011


We believe all, can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to offer comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals on the path to recovery from substance use disorders and mental health challenges, with a focus on Veterans, Service members, and their families. We are committed to inclusivity and leaving no patient behind, ensuring access to services for well-being and recovery. Our goal is to support individuals in achieving fulfilling lives through holistic health promotion, prevention, and workforce development training.

Our Mission


To foster a world where the well-being of our community is prioritized, understood, and supported, with a system committed to ensuring that every individual in need of care or assistance, regardless of their circumstances or background, receives the necessary support, treatment, and attention.  We envision a future where every 20-minute statistic is replaced with stories of resilience, hope, and recovery; a world where the silent struggles find a voice, validation, and victory.  

Meet Our Change Makers

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Co-Founder & President
& Veteran

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Support Services


Mindfulness Ambassador & Volunteer

We Need Your Support Today!

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