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Writing workshops across Pioneer Valley help women set their inner voices free

Members of Voices From Inside, including Amie Hyson, at left, who facilitates the groups at the RECOVER Project and the Franklin County jail, prepare for a public reading at the All Souls Church in Greenfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Published: 4/10/2019 5:24:12 PM

Kayla Barcomb never wrote poetry before Voices From Inside started a writing workshop for women […]

April 10th, 2019|

Hampshire Hope: Writing through the pain


PICTURED: Judy Ryan, a retired teacher and facilitator of one of the writing groups, reads a piece by a participant, as other writers look on. She said she “got to know a group of seven courageous men who shared their experiences honestly and openly.”About 30 people took part in writing groups about how the opioid […]

January 29th, 2019|

Opioid Task Force addresses medically assisted treatment

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Friday, January 11, 2019

GREENFIELD — Tina Rockwood’s family often asks her when she’s getting off her medication. Sometimes they ask her if she will ever get off of it.

It’s a question she doesn’t always know how to answer, and it’s certainly one that creates some self-doubt about a form of substance use […]

January 25th, 2019|

How Talking About Suicide Can Give People Something to Live For

“To realize that somebody else has known that dark place is the only thing that made me feel less alone.”

O-Oprah Magazine – Dec 10, 2018

The only people who really understand what it feels like to want to end their lives are those who have been there.
That’s the basis of survivor peer-support groups, in which people […]

January 7th, 2019|

RECOVER Project helps with challenge of finding an affordable landlord

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Friday, December 07, 2018

GREENFIELD — People tend to know Larry Thomas as patient, as positive, as the guy who always will stop, say ‘Hi’ and ask how you’re doing.

At a hearing to see if he could secure an apartment, Thomas found himself furious.

“I had to go through this hearing,” Thomas said. “It […]

December 7th, 2018|

Why can’t you find a home in Greenfield?

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Monday, December 03, 2018

GREENFIELD — Crawling into the space under the wooden steps of a decrepit Bank Row building, Ralph Provost was shivering. It was snowing and the temperatures were dropping as the sun set.

Before the short, 61-year-old man could squeeze into the dark den, he had to strip away the several coats […]

December 3rd, 2018|

Welcome New RECOVER Project Director, Peggy Vezina!

Peggy Vezina joins the RECOVER Project with over 20 years’ experience in human services. She has worked throughout the Pioneer Valley in many diverse settings. She especially loved working with youth in the Holyoke, Greenfield and Springfield communities. She has a passion for working with families and learning the supports they need to build communities […]

November 20th, 2018|


HOLYOKE, MA – The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium welcomes new Executive Director, Kristel Applebee, as successor to longtime leader, Marylou Sullivan. Marylou retired at the end of October, and was at the helm for 38 of the organization’s 45 years.  PJ Moynihan, President of the Consortium Board of Directors related, “as we express our gratitude […]

November 16th, 2018|

Sober music festival Recovery Jam in Greenfield Saturday

Organizers of last year’s Recovery Jam, run by The RECOVER Project, from left, lead organizer Amie Hyson, Trudy Willis, Pauline Gensen and director Mary Doherty. Staff file photo

By Melina Bourdeau

Thursday, September 20, 2018

GREENFIELD — For the past 15 years, Recovery Jam, a sober music festival, shows people there is fun in recovery, and celebrates national […]

September 24th, 2018|

BusinessWest’s & Healthcare News’ 2nd Annual Healthcare Heroes to be Honored Oct. 25

BusinessWest’s & Healthcare News’ 2nd Annual Healthcare Heroes to be Honored Oct. 25

SPRINGFIELD — BusinessWest and Healthcare News magazines, the business and healthcare journals covering Western Massachusetts, will honor their 2nd Annual Healthcare Heroes this Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden.

The Healthcare Heroes program was created to shed a bright light on the outstanding work […]

September 19th, 2018|

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