Former inmates lead support groups for jail

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 [...]

Hampshire HOPE: Photo exhibit seeks to smash stigma around addiction, inspire recovery

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, [...]

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