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People with Developmental Disabilities Have Spiritual Needs Too ~ Non-profit provides spiritual care for adults with cognitive challenges

The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium is pleased to announce its new initiative designed to address the spiritual needs of adults with cognitive challenges it serves. The Consortium’s Home & Community Connections residential program has demonstrated a way to offer spiritual support to folks who have developmental disabilities. “The intention of this program has been to […]

March 1st, 2016|

Save the Date for the Support Network’s Annual Children’s Mental Health Week Dinner


When You Worry about the Child You Love:  Emotional and Learning Challenges in Children

The Support Network announces annual children’s mental health week dinner

Holyoke May 5, 2016:  The Support Network, a program of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, is pleased to announce its upcoming annual dinner in recognition of the national Children’s Mental Health Week.  This […]

February 29th, 2016|

People’s Medicine Project aids recovery through alternative medicine


Recorder Staff
Monday, February 22, 2016
(Published in print: Tuesday, February 23, 2016)

GREENFIELD — Recovering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs is by no means a comfortable process. Just ask Kaitlyn John, a staff member at the RECOVER Project on Federal Street, which offers peer support for people recovering from substance abuse problems.
When she […]

February 23rd, 2016|

The RECOVER Project Welcomes Michael Lewis as New Director

Sunday, January 24, 2016
(Published in print: Monday, January 25, 2016)

Mr. Michael Lewis is no stranger to the RECOVER Project. Born and raised in Western Mass, Michael’s early adult life took him across the country, serving as a Marine, owning a business and various other jobs including being a baker and truck driver. He eventually returned […]

January 22nd, 2016|

RECOVER Project Director steps down



Recorder Staff
Thursday, January 7, 2016
(Published in print: Friday, January 8, 2016)

GREENFIELD — Looking back on seven years with the Greenfield peer-to-peer addiction recovery community and 33 years in recovery, Linda Sarage sees changes in herself, in the community and in what might be termed the philosophy of addiction.
Sarage is retiring this month after […]

January 11th, 2016|

RECOVER Project Holds Toy Drive

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff
Monday, December 7, 2015
(Published in print: Tuesday, December 8, 2015)

GREENFIELD — Toys gathering dust could bring a smile to someone again, and a local group hopes they will.
The local addiction recovery group is hosting its second annual Giving Back in Greenfield toy drive, collecting new and gently used […]

December 16th, 2015|

Locals add voices to D.C. rally of thousands for recovery


Recorder Staff
Sunday, October 4, 2015
(Published in print: Monday, October 5, 2015)

“The crowd, it’s just this enthusiastic happy crowd that’s just done with being silent, they’re done with being silent about addiction … oh, the surgeon general’s on stage right now,” Linda Sarage said, from the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sunday evening.

Sarage, […]

October 6th, 2015|

The Consortium celebrates 40 years!

See this great video on Mass Appeal.

April 15th, 2015|

Recovery Learning Communities fear proposed budgets cuts could close mental health resource centers

Advocates for adult mental health resource centers, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health through an umbrella program, are asking supporters to contact legislators to prevent the program’s budget from being slashed in half in Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The budget is currently before the House Ways & […]

April 8th, 2015|

Recovery Learning Communities head to State House to protest proposed budget cut

Supporters of the Recovery Learning Community are in Boston today to rally and advocate at the State House against a proposed 50 percent cut to the community’s $3.4 million budget. It has been funded since 2007, through the Department of Mental Health, and the reduction is part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed state budgetfor the […]

April 7th, 2015|