RECOVER Project welcomes new director

Last modified: 1/29/2016 2:16:26 PM
GREENFIELD — The RECOVER Project has hired a new director to help orchestrate the addiction peer-to-peer service based in Greenfield.

The new director is Michael Lewis, who is no stranger to the RECOVER Project, which is located on Federal Street.

Born and raised in western Mass, his early adult life took him across the country, serving as a Marine, owning a business and various other jobs including being a baker and truck driver. He eventually returned to this area where he attended Greenfield Community College and earned his social work degree from Elms College.

While enrolled at Elms, Lewis worked for Greenfield Community College, interned and then worked under a short-term funded grant for the RECOVER Project. His most recent position has been as an individual/families support specialist for the Consortium’s Salasin Project.

Steeped in the community of Greenfield, Lewis currently serves on the Board of Directors for Just Roots as well as the Stone Soup Café. He has previously served on the GCC Board of Trustees as elected student trustee as well as on the Board of Trustees for Unity of the Pioneer Valley.

Committing daily to his long-term recovery, Lewis said in the announcement of his hire, that he finds his center through music, writing, hiking, and golf.

He said, “I am a social activist, I believe in inclusion and the positive power of diversity, and that it takes the entire village to affect positive social change.”

Outgoing Director Linda Sarage says in response to Lewis being named to replace her: “We, the RECOVER Project Community, are proud to name Michael Lewis as our new director and welcome him back to our village. We can’t think of a better person for this position at this time in the RECOVER Project’s development.”

Lewis can be reached at as of Feb. 1 or at the 68 Federal St. center.

The RECOVER Project has been involved in many of the regional efforts to fight not just opioid addiction but also other kinds of addiction.

To find out more about the RECOVER Project, go to

The RECOVER Project is a program of The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.


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