Think Of Michael Founding Board Members Richard Dalton and Jamie Dalton have been working hard to also help create and establish another nonprofit, affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, that will compliment what we provide at The Think Of Michael Foundation, called Recovery Works, Inc.
Richard and Jamie are each Founding Board Members of Recovery Works, and Richard also serves on the Executive Committee.
Recovery Works is a recovery-focused career services and workforce re-entry initiative created by a dedicated Board Of Directors comprised of several doctors/clinicians/staff from Massachusetts General Hospital and their substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facility, The West End Clinic, community leaders, an established Boston staffing agency and learning institute, as well as other valuable Board Members to help carry out our mission.
The Think Of Michael Foundation was instrumental in assisting Recovery Works in being awarded a $200,000 grant to assist us in the important work we are doing to achieve the results we envision to be the model for other states across the country. Through this initiative, we will provide clinical support, resume writing assistance, interview preparation, job training, a mentor program, recovery coaches, case management, legal assistance if needed and job placement with one of our Program Partner Employers or other local employers we will help facilitate. While we are still in the startup phase, we are excited about the enormous added value, difference and impact that will be made in improving the lives of the people we serve.
For more about Recovery Works, visit the website at:
Think Of Michael President, Carmela Dalton, also serves on the Board Of Directors of A Healthy Lynnfield, the town's prevention coalition and health and wellness advocate. Together our two organizations created and co-hosted "A Night Of Hope", during National Recovery Month in September, to raise awareness, come together as a supportive and united community, with over 600 people, where we walked together down Main St., had speakers on the Common, including Dick Dalton sharing his story about his son Michael, as well as Alex Costa, who grew up in Lynnfield, shared his story of long term recovery. Local organizations also set up recovery resource tables for people to ask questions and take home information, and we ended the night with a candlelight vigil and blessing to remember those who have lost their battle with this disease and to recognize those in recovery and show we support them as a community. It was a memorable and special night in our town.