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Loving Your Recovery event Saturday

Athol Daily News – Staff Report

Published: 2/13/2020 10:04:13 PM

ATHOL — The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region, in collaboration with the North Quabbin Recovery Center, the North Quabbin Community Coalition and the RECOVER Project, is hosting Loving Your Recovery — a free, fun, and family-friendly event to celebrate the positive […]

February 14th, 2020|

Welcome New Salasin Director, Becky Lockwood

We are thrilled to announce that Becky Lockwood has accepted the position as the Consortium’s new Salasin Project Director beginning on Monday January 27, 2020!

Becky Lockwood comes to Salasin Project with nearly three decades of social services experience. In her most recent position, she worked with survivors of interpersonal violence providing support, counseling and systems […]

January 27th, 2020|

Bridging the gap

By MAUREEN O’REILLY and MAX MARCUS
Staff Writers

Published: 11/30/2019 11:00:52 AM

After a recent service at the First Congregational Church in Ashfield, some of the churchgoers gathered upstairs to make herbal medicines and thank-you cards for migrant agricultural workers throughout Pioneer Valley.

The church has partnered with the People’s Medicine Project, an organization that first began as a […]

November 30th, 2019|

BASH: A Tapas Style Dinner Raising Funds for the People’s Medicine Project

 

 

November 26, 2019

Contact:   Abby Ferla, People’s Medicine Project

(413) 523-3791 ; peoplesmedicineclinic@gmail.com

People’s Medicine Project’s long-time client and friend Peter Hadley is launching a new catering company BASH, making its Pioneer Valley debut with an elaborate locally-sourced Tapas Style Dinner at Greenfield’s Hawks and Reed on Wednesday December 4th from 6-8PM! BASH emphasizes quality above convenience in both […]

November 26th, 2019|

Hampshire Hope: Northampton Recovery Center snags state funding for people in recovery

By KRISTEL APPLEBEE, Consortium Executive Director

For the Gazette

Published: 11/26/2019 12:01:19 AM

The term “opioid epidemic” has become as American as apple pie in our nation’s lexicon. Here in western Massachusetts, communities have been hit hard by the crisis, with families grieving unthinkable losses. It seems most people know someone impacted. As a result, funding for opioid […]

November 26th, 2019|

Breaking through bars: New play pulls from the writings of formerly incarcerated women

By LUIS FIELDMAN
Staff Writer

Published: 11/1/2019 10:01:42 PM

Through prose and poetry, women of the group Voices From Inside find a way to express experiences that are often too difficult to talk about, whether it’s life inside of a prison or recovering from drug addiction…

“We are putting these words together to create scenes that enable us to […]

November 1st, 2019|

Those left behind: In the aftermath of an opioid death, families find ways to cope

By LAURIE LOISEL
For the Gazette​​
On a balmy Wednesday evening in late July, 11 people circled up on comfy couches and chairs at the Northampton Recovery Center for the weekly gathering of Harm Reduction Works, a meeting billed as an alternative to abstinence-only opioid recovery groups.

“I’m here because I feel compelled to be here,” said Cara […]

October 24th, 2019|

Rally protests Baystate’s plan to close 3 mental health units

Tim Ranney-Blake, of Deerfield, said from his experience with depression and substance abuse, he knows how difficult it would be for patients working towards recovery to do so when separated from their community, at a rally held by the Massachusetts Nurses Association in Holyoke.  STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

By MELINA BOURDEAU
Staff Writer

Published: 9/23/2019 11:10:38 PM

HOLYOKE – Over 40 […]

September 24th, 2019|

The RECOVER Project celebrates National Recovery

Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

By MAUREEN O’REILLY
Staff Writer

Published: 9/19/2019 7:06:44 PM
Modified: 9/19/2019 7:06:32 PM

GREENFIELD — Steven “Skip” Sommer’s tour of The RECOVER Project’s building led through a kitchen, a meditation room, a colorful family playroom, a computer area and down a hallway to a large room with hardwood floors and stacks of red folding chairs along one […]

September 19th, 2019|

Former inmates lead support groups for jail

George Ballentine, left, and Larry Thomas, both former inmates, run support groups for people who have been incarcerated and provide one-on-one mentorship. STAFF PHOTO/ANDY CASTILLO 

By GRACE BIRD
Staff Writer

Published: 8/29/2019 10:35:39 PM

 

GREENFIELD — After spending 18 years in and out of jail, Larry Thomas returned to the Franklin County House of Correction a couple of months ago.

This […]

August 29th, 2019|