The Recover Project
The Recover Project
2019 Joel Hernandez Award
The RECOVER Project, located in Greenfield, MA, is a safe, welcoming community that supports recovery by sharing the wisdom of lived experience and strengthens the community through full participation. They create resource connections, advocate to overcome barriers and promote the reality that recovery is possible for all. Participate, Grow, Recover. Since its inception in 2003, the RP’s community-centered peer recovery resources and supports have been growing and evolving.
The RECOVER Project (RP) provides trauma-informed supports based on the guiding principles that people can and do recover from alcohol and drug addiction and that competence and wisdom reside in those with lived experience. People at all points on the recovery continuum of care are offered the safe, respectful, space to develop healthy relationships, participate in a supportive community, develop new interests, attend alternative healing arts activities, practice new social skills, and hone unique talents. Members of the RP community find opportunities to both give and receive support through a variety of educational, volunteer, social, and skill building activities that help to overcome emotional and social isolation, develop strengths, build leadership capacity, and prevent relapse. Information about other community resources that support recovery in all its complexity and forms are always available at the RECOVER Project.
The peer recovery movement is exploding across the country and throughout the world. The fact that peer recovery has been happening in Greenfield since 2003 is a big story. The vision of the Recover Project is to create a net of recovery-informed organizations and individuals throughout Greenfield. This net will be ever widening, ever deepening, to allow for sustained recovery by removing barriers that exist via stigma, outdated social policies, antiquated healthcare practices, and commonplace ignorance. The Recover Project carries hope, opportunity, and experience to anyone seeking help with the mantra: participate, grow, RECOVER!