Our mission for The Think Of Michael Foundation is to help individuals and families battling substance use disorder (SUD) and create effective change where change is needed. We have been making a significant impact fighting this epidemic with our goal always to change and save as many lives as we possibly can. A big part of it for the Dalton family is keeping Michael Dalton's legacy alive and honoring his memory while touching as many lives as possible along the way and truly making a difference.
Services We Provide
We identified a real need for assistance for those individuals transitioning from treatment to a sober house. We would like to see anyone that wants, to have access to continued aftercare treatment while living in a sober, safe and supportive environment with other people experiencing the same issues. Coming straight out of treatment, most people do not have current employment or the funds necessary at that point to allow for a smooth, stress-free transition to a sober house, if that is even a possibility for them. Sober house living is not covered by health insurance. Dealing with all of this while already in a vulnerable place in early recovery with a long list of stressors and triggers to deal with. People work hard on themselves and repair their lives, careers, relationships, legal issues, financial troubles, all while doing their best to adjust physically, mentally and emotionally to a completely new way of living with new surroundings, new associates and away from loved ones usually in the beginning. Unfortunately, the result is that many are forced to go right back to the same environment they came from; to the same people, places and things that likely contributed to their substance use disorder and serve as major triggers. This is one of the most common reasons for a relapse. And relapses right after treatment when your body's tolerance level is significantly lower is the cause of most deadly overdoses. This is what we're trying to prevent from happening through Think Of Michael sober house scholarships. This is a critical component of many people's recovery journey and we want to help those in need, who also show the willingness necessary, to be able to continue treatment while living in a safe and supportive environment with others dealing with similar problems while building a foundation and supports in their early recovery.
We strive to follow how Michael lived his life, always being the first person to help anyone with anything. For him, nothing was too big or too small and he'd so often go out of his way to help anyone, from friends and family, to complete strangers homeless on the street, who he would stop to buy food for without them even asking. That was the kind of person he was. He was always extremely generous, selfless and compassionate, which is why we know as a family that we're doing exactly what Michael would want us to be doing. It couldn't be any more fitting of a way to honor his memory.
OUR PARTNERSHIP AND PROCESS
The Think Of Michael Foundation formed a partnership with Magnolia New Beginnings, an established MA-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with 24 state chapters and a large, expanding network. Under the leadership of Maureen Cavanagh (author of If You Love Me), their organization has been offering financial needs-based scholarships to people who have completed the clinical stabilization level of care and then require housing assistance in a safe, sober and supportive environment with others going through the same experience. This is a critical component of many people's early recovery. We have a proven process with our expanding network of clinicians and treatment providers that refer us patients they feel are good candidates that would benefit from living in a sober house. We have developed a list of sober houses throughout MA that we place recipients in that are all MASH approved, as well as having passed our own personal inspections and follow-up visits to ensure that the homes we place people in continue to maintain our high standards and specific criteria. This helps us to ensure that we always place recipients in the best possible situations to achieve success in their recovery and create a strong foundation to lead a new way of life. We maintain copies of house rules and resident expectations on file, including contact information for each house manager and its ownership.
The partnership of our two dedicated organizations working together enables us to make an even greater difference and impact!
THINK OF MICHAEL, INC.
PO BOX 1333, LYNNFIELD, MA 01940
In Loving Memory Of Michael Dalton
Changing And Saving Lives
Think Of Michael, Inc.
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Website Created By Jamie Dalton, Think Of Michael
A Registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
To inquire about our sober house scholarships, please read our referral and application process before contacting us directly, as we do not provide funding without a referral from an approved treatment facility after long term treatment and a proven level of willingness. Thank you for your interest and support of Think Of Michael and if we can do anything to help please let us know. Be sure to also follow and like us on all social media platforms where you can find additional information and updates.