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Bridging the gap

November 30th, 2019|

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 […]

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

November 26th, 2019|

 

 

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 […]

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

November 26th, 2019|

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 […]

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

November 1st, 2019|

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 […]

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

October 24th, 2019|

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 […]

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

September 24th, 2019|

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 […]

The RECOVER Project celebrates National Recovery

September 19th, 2019|

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 […]

Former inmates lead support groups for jail

August 29th, 2019|

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 […]

Hampshire HOPE: Photo exhibit seeks to smash stigma around addiction, inspire recovery

August 27th, 2019|

Photo Credit: Veronika Patty, Project Redemption
By LAURIE LOISEL
For the Gazette

Published: 8/27/2019 9:22:14 AM

Inspiration for the Project Redemption traveling photo exhibit came to Ashburnham photographer Veronika Patty two years ago while she listened to a woman talk about her experiences as a person recovering from addiction.

“As she was speaking, I was thinking, ‘man, she’s really just like me […]

The important role the Northampton Recovery Center plays

June 24th, 2019|

Frank Santosus: The important role the Northampton Recovery Center plays
Hampshire Gazette  -Published: 6/23/2019 8:00:16 PM

One year ago, a letter I wrote about my experience as a member of the Northampton Recovery Center was published in the Gazette. I wrote it on the occasion of the center receiving a United Way grant enabling it to move […]