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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 […]

Building community: Group finishes labyrinth on Greenfield church campus

May 30th, 2019|

Peggy Vezina, director of the RECOVER Project, said she didn’t know much about labyrinths until she started to help.

“I love the idea,” she said. “It’s all about building community.”

The labyrinth is open to everyone. (CLICK HERE to read full article)

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 was 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, starting in […]

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 […]