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Mayor’s task force focusing on rise in domestic violence during pandemic

September 22nd, 2020|

…“Advocates can help you to think about your personal situation and work with you to create a safety plan,” the statement reads, adding that a safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that identifies ways to remain safe while in a relationship, whether you are planning to stay or leave. “It may include telling […]

New directors with The RECOVER Project, Consortium announced

September 11th, 2020|

Published: 8/27/2020 1:36:25 PM

The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, which supports The RECOVER Project and The Salasin Project in Greenfield, is promoting Peggy Vezina, formerly the director of The RECOVER Project, to be the Consortium’s director of program and community development. Taking Vezina’s seat as RECOVER Project director is Abbi Cushing.

RECOVER Project holds annual vigil with safety precautions

September 2nd, 2020|


Staff Writer

Published: 9/1/2020 4:07:44 PM

GREENFIELD – Sarah Ahern stood on Federal Street with several others on a recent cool summer night, clutching a large folder to her chest and mourning the loss of more than 70 people who have died of overdose or addiction-related complications in Franklin County over the past few years.

“In the first quarter of this […]

New Directors Within the RECOVER Project and the Consortium Announced

August 19th, 2020|


Contact: Mary Kate Farley-Dimino
The Consortium
(413) 536-2401 x5511
New Directors Within the RECOVER Project and the Consortium Announced
Welcome Peggy Vezina and Abbi Cushing in their leadership opportunities!
HOLYOKE, MA August 19, 2020 – The Consortium is excited to announce the promotions of two strong advocates within the Western Massachusetts recovery communities. Peggy Vezina is to serve […]

Massachusetts One of Four States Participating in an NIH Study Investigating Strategies for Addressing Opioid Epidemic

July 22nd, 2020|


Contact: Mary Kate Farley-Dimino
Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
(413) 536-2401 x5511
Massachusetts One of Four States Participating in an NIH
Study Investigating Strategies for Addressing Opioid Epidemic
Holyoke Native Heads the HEALing Communities Study Coalition
HOLYOKE, MA July 22, 2020 – The bricks on the path of Rafael Rodriguez’s addiction and recovery journey were laid out before […]

Grant awards to support Franklin County nonprofits helping women

July 16th, 2020|

Staff Writer

Published: 7/15/2020 1:39:53 PM

A pair of $10,000 grants from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts will benefit two Franklin County organizations that seek to support low-income teens and currently or formerly incarcerated women.

With the funding, The Salasin Project at 474 Main St. in Greenfield plans to intensify its work with incarcerated or formerly […]

Local #MeToo Survivors Direct $45,000 in Grant Awards from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

July 1st, 2020|

Media Contact: Kelley Bryant
413-529-0087 x113
July 1, 2020
Springfield, Mass. (July 1, 2020). The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has announced $45,000 in grant awards based on recommendations of a committee led by local survivors of sexual violence and harassment.

The Women’s Fund employed a participatory process, convening a committee of women from across Western Mass. […]

The Consortium’s Statement on Addressing Injustice

June 15th, 2020|

From Executive Director, Kristel Applebee
June 12, 2020
Racism – let’s talk about it.  The Consortium has a 45-year history of creating conditions for community by deeply listening to wisdom gained from those who have made meaning of their life experience, or, what we call lived experience. Our Mission:
The Consortium creates conditions in which people with lived […]

Thank you for your dedication

May 21st, 2020|

Greenfield Recorder Letter to the Editor – Published: 5/21/2020 9:03:06 AM

… Almost every family has someone who has mental health needs. Those who are close to that person and those who receive services know how important it is for them to have front line advocates, counselors, direct care workers, social workers and a vast array […]

Recovery groups find new ways to connect during pandemic

April 29th, 2020|

For the Gazette

Published: 4/29/2020 10:18:33 AM

It is often said that the answer to the isolation of addiction is community.

That begs the question: How do we stay connected in a world where self-quarantining and social distancing have become the norm? This is the story of how we found ways […]

At the Consortium, we are dedicated to creating a culture of anti-racism. Click here to read our commitment statement on combatting injustice.

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