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United Way Hampshire County Awards Northampton Recovery Center with the Kay Sheehan Spirit of the Community Award!

May 16th, 2019|

POSTED 5/16/19 on the United Way Hampshire County Facebook Page

This year, the Kay Sheehan Spirit of the Community Award will be awarded to the Northampton Recovery Center.

In the three years since opening their doors, Northampton Recovery Center has become a vital regional resource in the fight against addiction and for recovery. They have grown quickly, […]

Bellini’s a proud, passionate advocate

May 16th, 2019|

Ness Bellini, right, and self-advocate Cassandra
at the 2018 Caring Force Rally.

The Provider – Vol. 40 – No. 5 May 2019

Ness Bellini, West Region Self-Advocacy and Rainbow Support Group Coordinator has been with the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium since September 2017. On a typical day, Bellini offers individual support to self-advocates, attends to meeting and event preparation details, and plans for […]

Talking recovery in Greenfield: State hears western Mass. concerns on recovery coach profession

May 9th, 2019|

PICTURED: Sarah Ahern
By JOSHUA SOLOMON
Staff Writer

Published: 5/9/2019

GREENFIELD —

…Advocates, like Amie Hyson, who is a recovery coach who works with The RECOVER Project in Greenfield, asked the commission to help coaches avoid burnout. This in part is to support a pay that is a livable wage and in part to provide additional services that support the coaches…

Linda Sarage, the […]

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

April 10th, 2019|

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

By MAX MARCUS
Staff Writer

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

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

Hampshire Hope: Writing through the pain

January 29th, 2019|

 

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 […]

Opioid Task Force addresses medically assisted treatment

January 25th, 2019|

By JOSHUA SOLOMON 
Staff Writer
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 […]

How Talking About Suicide Can Give People Something to Live For

January 7th, 2019|

“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 […]

RECOVER Project helps with challenge of finding an affordable landlord

December 7th, 2018|

By JOSHUA SOLOMON 
Staff Writer
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 […]

Why can’t you find a home in Greenfield?

December 3rd, 2018|

By JOSHUA SOLOMON
Staff Writer
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 […]

Welcome New RECOVER Project Director, Peggy Vezina!

November 20th, 2018|

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 […]