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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 […]

THE CONSORTIUM WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KRISTEL APPLEBEE

November 16th, 2018|

HOLYOKE, MA – The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium welcomes new Executive Director, Kristel Applebee, as successor to longtime leader, Marylou Sullivan. Marylou retired at the end of October, and was at the helm for 38 of the organization’s 45 years.  PJ Moynihan, President of the Consortium Board of Directors related, “as we express our gratitude […]

Sober music festival Recovery Jam in Greenfield Saturday

September 24th, 2018|

Organizers of last year’s Recovery Jam, run by The RECOVER Project, from left, lead organizer Amie Hyson, Trudy Willis, Pauline Gensen and director Mary Doherty. Staff file photo

By Melina Bourdeau

Thursday, September 20, 2018

GREENFIELD — For the past 15 years, Recovery Jam, a sober music festival, shows people there is fun in recovery, and celebrates national […]

BusinessWest’s & Healthcare News’ 2nd Annual Healthcare Heroes to be Honored Oct. 25

September 19th, 2018|

BusinessWest’s & Healthcare News’ 2nd Annual Healthcare Heroes to be Honored Oct. 25
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SPRINGFIELD — BusinessWest and Healthcare News magazines, the business and healthcare journals covering Western Massachusetts, will honor their 2nd Annual Healthcare Heroes this Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden.

The Healthcare Heroes program was created to shed a bright light on the outstanding work […]

2018 Healthcare Heroes Award for Collaboration in Healthcare

September 7th, 2018|

Collaboration In Health/Wellness: The Consortium And The Opioid Task Force

By George O’Brien  September 3, 2018

This Unique Initiative Has a Simple Mission: to Save Lives
Larry Thomas remembers not knowing exactly what to say or how to respond.

He had just been encouraged to apply for a job as a peer coordinator and recovery coach for something called the Recover […]