Participants in a Recovery Summit at Greenfield Community College discuss sober events in and around Greenfield.

Participants in a Recovery Summit at Greenfield Community College discuss sober events in and around Greenfield.

Staff Writer
Published: 2/19/2020 10:02:53 PM

GREENFIELD — Members of Greenfield Community College (GCC) and the surrounding community discussed the possibility of hosting more frequent recovery events and increasing access to affordable transportation during Wednesday’s GCC Recovery Summit…

Citizens asked about community access to, and awareness of, community recovery resources or events. According to Trust, GCC holds two recovery meetings a week for the public. “All Recovery Meetings” are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Meetings for the RECOVER Project are held Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Steven “Skip” Sommer, a local recovery activist who is recovering from addiction himself, said transportation is a key point of interest. While the community college hosts events and meetings, he said it can be difficult for people to afford a bus ticket or rely on public transit.

“They don’t want to walk the whole way out here,” Sommer said.

“It’s a long walk, I can attest to that,” agreed Zack Desjardins, a peer volunteer with The RECOVER Project who is recovering from addiction. [CONTINUE READING]