MANCHESTER, NH – After months of searching, a fledgling organization aimed at revolutionizing addiction recovery services has found a launching pad.
According to HOPE for NH Recovery board member Melissa Fortin Crews, the Manchester Recovery Center will begin operating in its new temporary space, generously donated by Families in Transition, within their building at 122 Market St. Hope for NH Recovery will have an entrance on Canal Street.
The group will begin setting up next week and begin volunteer training, with the target launch date set for May 28, to coincide with a fundraising screening of “The Anonymous People” at the Palace Theatre.
The Manchester Recovery Center will go a long way to fill the void that exists between addiction and recovery, Crews said.
HOPE for NH Recovery will deliver peer-based services and peer-led social events from the site. Having this donated space will help the group achieve its goal of having an operations center up and running in May, which is part of their strategic plan, said Crews.
“We have put together a facilities committee made up of the local recovery community that will evaluate locations based on their needs to become its permanent home. We currently have several spaces that we are considering. While we are doing this, we can be helping people thanks to this donated space and the many volunteers that have come forward. We are very excited. This is something that many of these people have been wanting and working towards for more than 10 years,” Crews said. “The time for talk is over. Its time to open our doors.”
Crews was among more than 100 area health professionals, service providers and community leaders in attendance at a recent workshop at the city health department, where discussion was centered on creating an action plan for addressing the city’s heroin epidemic, which is considered a public health crisis.
You can read more here about Hope for NH Recovery and its mission.
Crews said anyone interested in getting involved in the initial phase of launching the Recovery Center can go to recoverynh.org and sign up to help, adding their area of interest in the comment section.
The public is encouraged to come out for the “The Anonymous People,” screening on May 28 at the Palace Theatre. Cost is $10 and will go toward supporting the Manchester Recovery Center launch. However, the message of the movie is also essential in shifting the conversation around addiction, from hopelessness to action.
A panel discussion will follow the movie, which will continue to discussion of treatment and sustained recovery services in Manchester for those battling addiction.