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OUR HISTORY

Founder, Richard "Dick" Virtue, was born in 1921 in Yale, Oklahoma. He graduated from The University of Oklahoma and was the President of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.  After serving in World War II, he and his wife, Sue, settled down in Oklahoma City, where they started a family and raised four children. Virtue struggled with alcoholism, and the disease took away everything he loved. Through his own recovery, he rebuilt his life and in 1972, and became the founding executive director of Oklahoma's first private, non-profit outpatient alcohol and drug treatment center, Norman Alcohol Information Center (NAIC). NAIC was first funded through an initial grant provided by the National Episcopal Church women and matching gifts from Norman civic leaders. In 1973, Virtue was ordained into the Episcopal Church priesthood with the special ministry to help suffering alcoholics.  In the same year, the agency became a United Way of Norman partner.  Father Virtue operated a 24-hour hotline from his house for over 30 years. His dedication to helping people is why the organization has grown into what it is today. His legacy guides us as we continue to help individuals and families find recovery.

When Father Virtue retired in 2002, H.N. "Sonny" Scott took over as executive director for 6 years before handing the position off to current director, Teresa Collado. Under Collado's watch, NAIC underwent a complete rebranding campaign in 2017, resulting in its renaming to The Virtue Center, in honor of Father Virtue. Today, The Virtue Center offers a full spectrum of services from prevention to aftercare for clients of all ages. The Virtue Center focuses on providing  clients with the tools to face everyday issues through counseling, education, and overall support. The Virtue Center is certified for outpatient substance abuse, co-occurring mental health issues and problem gambling treatment services by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.