The Consortium

The Consortium creates conditions in which people who have faced marginalization, oppression, or otherwise felt invisible are better able to pursue their dreams and strengthen communities through voice, choice, and inclusion. This is supported by an organizational commitment to address systems of oppression and work toward undoing the harms they have caused.

In The News

Getting Answers: Homeless struggle to find shelter

By Mary Wilson and Olivia Hickey Staff Reporters Published:  Dec. 1, 2022 GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -For people experiencing homelessness, winter is a brutal challenge. In Greenfield, the homeless shelter is at full capacity, but plans are underway to expand it. We’re getting answers on the need for housing in greenfield and how relief may not come soon enough. [...]

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Peer Recovery Center in Ware Receives Activation Fund Grant

By  Miasha Lee WARE – The Ware Regional Recovery Center has received a 2022 Activation Fund grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. The Ware Regional Recovery Center is a program of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium. A peer-driven support center where folks with lived experience and early recovery come together and provide support [...]

Greenfield domestic violence vigil offers ‘survivor-centered space’

A woman photographs messages written on a T shirt at the Clothesline Project on the Greenfield Common Thursday evening. By BELLA LEVAVI Staff Writer GREENFIELD — In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, two Greenfield-based groups held a candlelight vigil on the common on Thursday to honor survivors, grieve the lives of [...]

This year we were showing up for our communities when many community doors were closed during the pandemic. We continued to fulfill our mission by sharing our own lived experiences, and lean into what was possible. As a result, community members shared that they felt a sense of belonging.

The Consortium invites you to tap into the values you hold dear and channel them into supporting the communities we support. Each community has been going above and beyond as they continue to explore increasing access to key supports in Western Massachusetts. It is through their shared commitment, that they are making a difference in this purposeful work.

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Supported Communities

Home & Community Connections

Home & Community Connections provides innovative and individualized support that eliminates barriers and empowers individuals to live the lives they choose. Individuals are treated respectfully and all supports are person centered.

Individuals are supported utilizing trauma sensitive practices following Positive Behavioral Supports universal practices. The division is committed to continuous enhancement through innovative flexible supports and progressive practices.

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Wildflower Alliance (formerly known as Western Mass Recovery Learning Community)

Wildflower Alliance (formerly known as Western Mass Recovery Learning Community/RLC) creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks.  Offerings include four resource centers, a number of support groups (Hearing Voices, Alternatives to Suicide, etc.), access to alternative healing practices (yoga, acupuncture, etc.), and a variety of trainings, workshops, and consultation for providers, people in peer roles, individuals seeking support and the broader community.

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Afiya

Afiya (a part of the Wildflower Alliance) is the first peer respite in Massachusetts (and one of only about 18 in the country).  Based in Northampton, Afiya offers a homelike environment where people can stay for up to seven days as an alternative to hospitalization.

Centered around peer-to-peer support, the focus is on providing a safe space in which each person can find the balance and support needed to turn what is so often referred to as a ‘crisis’ into a learning and growth opportunity.

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The Support Network

The Support Network supports parents or caregivers  who have children, adolescents, and transition age youth effectively navigate through the various systems of care and become strong and successful advocates for their children. The Network’s goal is to support the unique strengths, insights and skills of families so they may best achieve their individual goals. We do this by offering individual or group support, information on special education and other resources, opportunity to attend trainings and conferences or to participate in child serving agency advisory forums, and also access to an extensive lending library.

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The Salasin Project

The Salasin Project seeks to create a safe community where every member can achieve a full and satisfying life free of violence and its consequences.

We offer solace to those living in fear through trauma-informed supports. We understand all persons and families seeking assistance to be the experts in their lives and in their healing.

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The RECOVER Project

The RECOVER Project is a safe, welcoming community that supports recovery from drug and alcohol addiction by sharing the wisdom of our lived experience and strengthens our community through full participation.  We create resource connections and advocate to overcome barriers while promoting the reality that recovery is possible for all.   RP members both give and receive support through a variety of educational, volunteer, and social activities that help people overcome emotional and social isolation, develop skills and strengths, build leadership capacity, and prevent relapse.

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West Region Self Advocacy

Self-advocacy is a movement that promotes people with disabilities speaking for themselves and their peers. Members of the Western Massachusetts community created a regional network of self-advocacy groups which participate in the statewide self-advocacy board (Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong). Self-Advocacy groups provide a forum for self-advocates and allies to collectively achieve goals and work towards independence.

Self-advocacy teaches group members how to find their voice and use it responsibly.

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The People

The People’s Medicine Project is a social justice project that seeks to address community health disparities by increasing access to alternative healing. We envision an inclusive culture of wellness, based on an empowered connection to personal health, the earth, and each other. Formed by a group of herbalists in 2013, the project has blossomed from a garden and small herbal clinic to a weekly year-round complementary and alternative health clinic that provides access to several alternative healing modalities. The clinic is staffed by volunteers and is hosted by the RECOVER Project in Greenfield.

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Northampton Recovery Center

The Northampton Recovery Center is a safe, peer-driven community that provides a positive welcoming environment for people on all pathways and in all stages of recovery from addiction, as well as for their families and allies. Together we share support, resources and hope. Peers lead and design opportunities for social, educational and wellness activities that support recovery. NRC honors the value of life experiences and provides a creative place for people to heal and grow in mind, body and spirit.

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Ware Regional Recovery Center

The Ware Regional Recovery Center is committed to being a safe and welcoming space to cultivate recovery, support families and bring together the growing recovery community in 18 towns in the Quaboag Hills Region.  The WRRC will benefit people and families impacted by substance use as well as those who have lost a loved one to addiction.  Offerings will include multiple pathways of recovery, health and wellness services, navigation to local resources and providers, recreation, education and employment assistance, group and family support, youth recovery, and other activities.

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