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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 […]

Confidential free help

April 21st, 2020|

Greenfield Recorder – Letter to the Editor

Published: 4/21/2020 9:04:20 AM

Thank you for sharing the letter from Mary Carey about the increased risk for domestic violence under the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. In addition to the critical support provided by NELCWIT, I am writing to let your readers know of another domestic violence resource in Franklin County: […]

Consortium Partners with Local Businesses to Support Frontline Workers

April 1st, 2020|


Contact: Mary Kate Farley-Dimino

Western Massachusetts Training Consortium

(413) 536-2401 x5511

Consortium Partners with Local Businesses to Support Frontline Workers
During a time of economic uncertainty, local businesses support
each other as they fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HOLYOKE, MA April 1, 2020 – With societal crisis comes the opportunity for mutual aid. As […]

Social distancing policies threaten the cornerstone of addiction recovery

March 28th, 2020|

Staff Writer

Published: 3/28/2020 7:00:16 AM

…“Folks in early recovery really need the connection. And, these folks don’t have access to a lot of the online meetings that are going on,” said Peggy Vezina, program director at the RECOVER Project. The nonprofit Federal Street program provides a slew of social services and meets the physical […]

Mutual Support in an Age of Social Distancing – How One Peer-Run Organization is Adapting to COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020|

Connection, whether one-on-one or in groups, is at the heart of peer support. In a time when social distancing, shelter-in-place, and stay-at-home orders proliferate, the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community/Wildflower Alliance (WMRLC) is finding creative ways to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances dictated by the novel coronavirus…

Recovery Coaches Offer Nonjudgmental Support To Fill Addiction Treatment Gaps

February 25th, 2020|

By KAREN BROWN • FEB 25, 2020

…“I’ve taken phone calls from police officers that are literally, you know, hot calls,” said Trevor Dayton, a DART recovery coach “This happened less than 60 minutes ago. Can you call them now? They’d like to talk.’ Sometimes that’s all it takes — responding in the moment […]

GCC summit attendees propose more recovery events, increased transportation

February 19th, 2020|

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 […]

Northampton Recovery Center to occupy former pastry shop

February 17th, 2020|

Staff Writer

Published: 2/17/2020 12:05:46 AM

NORTHAMPTON — A local nonprofit that helps people struggling with addiction is set to move into the former La Fiorentina pastry shop on Armory Street.

“We anticipate being able to move in in May,” said Lynn Ferro, director of the Northampton Recovery Center.

She said the nonprofit has signed a lease […]