June 14, 2019
For Immediate Release: Greenfield’s RECOVER Project Wins National Recovery Award

Contact: Peggy Vezina
Program Director, RECOVER project
(413) 774-5489

Greenfield’s RECOVER Project Receives the 2019 Faces and Voices of Recovery’s Joel Hernandez Award

See: https://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/about/news-events/joel-hernandez-award-nomination.html

The national Joel Hernandez Voice of the Recovery Community Award recognizes one local, state or regional recovery community organization for its success in assessing the specific needs of their community and carrying out a vision and mission of mobilizing resources within and outside the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Greenfield’s RECOVER Project (RP) provides trauma-informed supports based on the guiding principles that people can and do recover from alcohol and drug addiction and that competence and wisdom reside in those with lived experience. People at all points on the recovery continuum of care are offered the safe, respectful, space to develop healthy relationships, participate in a supportive community, develop new interests, attend alternative healing arts activities, practice new social skills, and hone unique talents.

The RECOVER Project was nominated for the award by former member, Jake Powers. Jake said “The RECOVER Project taught me how to become a member of a community. Early in recovery, RECOVER Project members showed me I had value, demonstrated the courage it takes to ask for and receive help, and gave me opportunities to use my strengths and passions to be of service to others. This experience was tremendously formative. Though my recovery journey has brought me away from the Greenfield area, the values I developed as an active member of RECOVER Project have come with me into my relationships with family and friends, into my work as a writer and teacher, and into the various communities I encounter and inhabit as I move through the world.” Linda Sarage, past, long time RECOVER Project Director said: “Since 2003, the RECOVER Project has been a cornerstone of peer recovery support in Franklin County. We know that healing happens in community and that being of service and giving back are core recovery principles. When people come to the RECOVER Project, they find safety and support to hope and dream and transform their lives. This national recognition from FAVOR is well-deserved and highlights the powerful impact of peer recovery on individuals, families, and communities.”

Patty McCarthy, Executive Director of Faces & Voices said of the RECOVER Projects selection, “With a long history of doing extraordinary work helping individuals and families in their community heal from the impact of addiction and trauma, The RECOVER Project is an exemplary model for other Recovery Community Organizations across the nation. They celebrate and bring joy to people in a way that creates a truly empowering peer recovery movement where opportunities for growth and success abound in the true spirit of the Joel Hernandez Award.”

As the nation’s leading grassroots recovery advocacy organization, Faces & Voices has become a model for numerous international recovery advocacy movements. Faces & Voices works to support individuals in long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and their family members, friends and allies in a variety of ways, including, capacity building in support of the national recovery movement, fighting the stigma of addiction, creating groundbreaking recovery messaging trainings and more.

The RECOVER Project will join other honorees at the America Honors Recovery Faces & Voices of Recovery’s annual awards gala on June 17th in Arlington, Virginia at a ceremony which celebrates and honors the most influential recovery community leaders and organizations.