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Recovery Learning Community holding open house at new location today

  • Western Mass Recovery Learning Community on Chapman Street in Greenfield. December 20, 2017 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

GREENFIELD — The days of getting mixed up with its neighbors on Federal Street are now past them and instead the Recovery Learning Community at 20 Chapman St. is now finally feeling at home.

To celebrate its new center, the RLC is hosting an open house and open mic Wednesday.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. members of the community are welcomed in for an open house, where there will be some homemade snacks offered, and then from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be an open mic.

“We’ve had a strong revitalization of the community since (opening its doors in October) at this new space,” Natan Cohen, a peer and employee of the RLC, said.

While the RLC is not the Recover Project, which it has often been confused with, it is a place for anyone who is dealing with any mental or physical or financial struggles and be supported.

“A lot of our work is focused on the day to day of scheduling support groups, open hours and activities,” Cohen said. “But it’s also important to remind ourselves that we’re an organization that’s about bringing people together and community.”

The Greenfield center runs different peer-support groups, like the popular alternative suicide discussion group. The programs are not clinical, but rather are intended to be a safe-space for thoughts.

“The idea is we’re not service providers ourselves but we’re a community space that’s connecting each other,” Cohen said.

For the open house, Cohen said it will be a good chance for both people in the community and providers to drop by and reconnect.

The RLC runs an open mic monthly typically and welcoming to any skill level.

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

jsolomon@recorder.com or

413-772-0261, ext. 264