ESRF was created by several local individuals exclusively for the purpose of providing a meeting place for recognized 12-step recovery programs.

ESRF is a not for profit charitable foundation similar to other charitable foundations such as hospital foundations.

ESRF built Common Ground in 1991 and a new building in 2005.

The sole purpose of ESRF is to maintain the facilities and insure that it is used only for the intended purpose.

A Board of Directors elected by ESRF members insures the operation of Common Ground. They receive no salary or privileges.