The RECOVER Project celebrates National Recovery

  • The RECOVER Project on Federal Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • At The RECOVER Project in Greenfield, Program Director Peggy Vezina, at left, talks to member Kristi (who declined to provide her last name), peer support specialist Steven “Skip”€™ Sommer and member/volunteer James Ringgold on Thursday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • At The RECOVER Project in Greenfield, member Kristi (who declined to provide her last name), peer support specialist Steven “Skip” Sommer and member/volunteer James Ringgold talk on Thursday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 9/19/2019 7:06:44 PM
Modified: 9/19/2019 7:06:32 PM

GREENFIELD — Steven “Skip” Sommer’s tour of The RECOVER Project’s building led through a kitchen, a meditation room, a colorful family playroom, a computer area and down a hallway to a large room with hardwood floors and stacks of red folding chairs along one wall.

On Friday night, this space on Federal Street is where The RECOVER Project will celebrate National Recovery Month.

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pasta and potluck dinner, followed by activities. The night will conclude with an all-recovery meeting, which begins at 8:15 p.m. The RECOVER Project will provide pasta entrees, sides and desserts, and is asking community members to bring a dish of their choice.

“It’s going to be a nice event,” Sommer said.

“All are welcome,” said Program Director Peggy Vezina, emphasizing that families are welcome and there are high chairs for young children.

Vezina noted that there’s a lot of focus on the negative impacts of addiction. Celebrating National Recovery Month is important to highlight the positive changes that people can and do make, Vezina said.

“We also need to celebrate recovery to show people that it’s possible. It is possible,” Vezina said.

All-recovery meetings are a daily staple at The RECOVER Project, and usually take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday. (There are other recovery meetings offered at Greenfield Community College, too, Sommer noted.)

For Friday’s meeting, Vezina envisions a slightly different take.

“I think it’s just a little more intentional” than a typical meeting, Vezina said. “There will be a particular focus on celebrating recovery. ... (People will) share their stories of what they’ve done and how recovery has changed their lives.”

All are welcome to attend the meeting, Vezina said, noting that recovery has a different definition to each individual. It may mean recovery from a substance abuse, mental health issues, trauma, domestic violence or something else.

“People define recovery however they define it,” Vezina said. “It doesn’t matter (how you define recovery), everyone is welcome. It’s that connection and sharing that really works to support people.

“I think that addiction often comes out of disconnect,” Vezina continued. “The antidote to that is connection and strong community.”

Reach Maureen O’Reilly at 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or moreilly@recorder.com.




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