PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 28, 2020
Carmela Dalton, President of The Think of Michael Foundation, announced today that in response to the global Covid-19 Pandemic, the Foundation contributed $10,000 to The Gavin Foundation to assist it in its Rent Relief Program.
The program will benefit those individuals in recovery and currently housed in a certified sober house.
Think Of Michael was founded two years ago after Carmela lost her son, Michael, to an opiate overdose while in outpatient treatment.
Since its founding, they have granted “scholarships” to individuals referred to them by a network of clinicians who have been closely involved in the treatment of the individuals. The clinician's referral is accompanied by a written request from the individual stating why he or she feels that a transition to sober house living will greatly increase their chances of sustained long-term recovery. The typical scholarship subsidizes rent for a month, providing the individual extra time to obtain employment and helps relieve some of the anxiety and stress associated with their transition to the next phase of their recovery. While sober houses are a critical component to many people's recovery, health insurance does not provide any coverage for sober house living.
She went on to say that due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, "people in recovery are in need of our help more than ever" as they have been devastated by not only the loss of employment and its financial impact, but also the forced cancellation of all support groups and changes to individual therapy access – both critical to sustaining sobriety, especially in early recovery.
John Mcgahan, President & CEO of The Gavin Foundation stated that his organization “is very concerned for people in early recovery living in sober homes - many of whom will not qualify for unemployment benefits because they have been out of the workforce due to their addiction. We are most grateful to The Think of Michael Foundation and others for supporting our Rental Assistance Program for individuals living in a certified Massachusetts Alliance Sober Home. We need to continue to support these individuals in their recovery and continue to outreach/engage people in active addiction and get them off the streets into treatment.”
Michael Aschkenasy, The Gavin Foundation’s Director of Development, said that "The Think Of Michael Foundation’s contribution will go a long way in helping us through this trying time.”
Mrs. Dalton also thanked Representative Brad Jones, the Minority Leader of the House, for assisting in their Outreach Program and introducing them to Jennifer Halstrom, the Director of Housing & Homeless Services within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS). Mrs. Dalton said that Jennifer had been involved in discussions with the Dalton family regarding their Outreach Initiative before this crisis evolved. Then this past week, she reached out and said, “the public health crisis has affected those in recovery in an inordinate way” and suggested that we talk with John Mcgahan of The Gavin Foundation since our interests are very much aligned.
Once we spoke with John, we knew that their efforts warranted our financial support and we were happy to do so.
The Think Of Michael Foundation not only provides sober house placement, transition assistance and scholarships, but we also provide access to our expansive network of local recovery resources. This allows us to ensure that recipients are put in the absolute best possible situations to meet their individual recovery goals and needs, providing them the best possible chances of long-term sustained recovery. Some of the assistance we offer includes connecting recipients with recovery coaches, peer support groups, local NA/AA groups, educational resources, continued treatment and therapies, yoga, mindfulness training, family support, 12-Step Programs, sponsorship and more. We do anything in our power to make a recipient's transition as smooth as possible and assist them in building a solid foundation for success in early recovery.
We recognize that every person's recovery path is unique to them and different methods have proven successful for different people.
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LYNNFIELD'S FIRST NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH COMMUNITY EVENT WAS TRULY A SPECIAL NIGHT IN OUR TOWN. WE DECORATED THE TOWN WITH PURPLE RIBBONS, BOWS AND LIGHTS FOR RECOVERY MONTH. OVER 600 PEOPLE OF ALL AGES WALKED DOWN A CLOSED OFF MAIN ST TO THE COMMON LAWN. GUEST SPEAKERS SPOKE, INFORMATION TABLES FROM LOCAL RESOURCES WERE AVAILABLE AND IT CONCLUDED WITH A BLESSING AND VIGIL. THE EVENT WAS CREATED, PLANNED & SPONSORED BY THE THINK OF MICHAEL FOUNDATION AND A HEALTHY LYNNFIELD.
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