Dover — SOS Recovery plans to open a new center for addiction recovery in downtown Dover and is inviting the public to learn more at an informational session later this month.
The new Recovery Community Center (RCC) will open this spring at 4 Broadway, according to an SOS press release issued Friday morning. In anticipation of the opening, SOS is inviting Dover residents and the business community to join the organization for a community information meeting at the Dover Police Department Conference Room from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 23. SOS Recovery Community Organization will be on hand and will be joined by members of the Dover Police Department and the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce to introduce the organization and the vision for the new Dover RCC along with the programs and services they will offer, SOS said.
Upgrades to the interior of the new 3,500-square-foot center are already under way, SOS said. Plans to open a center in Dover have been in process for a little over a year.
"A small group of individuals and family members in the recovery community came together in the fall of 2015 and had a vision to open recovery community centers throughout Strafford County and with the support, guidance and dedication of the community and well over a hundred volunteers we are excited to open our largest recovery community center in the heart of Dover, " said SOS Recovery Community Organization Director, John Burns.
Burns said the conversation with the community is vital for success. "We want to make sure we educate the community on what a recovery community center is. We want to provide robust programming and services and we want to be good neighbors. Our goal is to forge strong partnerships with the Dover business community as we tackle the solutions needed to make a positive and measurable impact on helping individuals find and maintain recovery from substance misuse in our community," Burns said in the press release.
The meeting will include a presentation on SOS Recovery Community Organization programs and services. SOS will have a number of trained volunteers and recovery coaches on hand who will facilitate Q & A sessions with those in attendance following the presentation. The community center is expected to open in mid-March and will be open Monday through Saturday. Hours at the Dover center will be noon-8 p.m. and on Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
SOS Recovery Community Organization is a program of Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth, and is a 501c3 non-profit organization. SOS Recovery Community Organization has already opened two centers in the fall of 2016, both are currently thriving, according to the press release. One is operating at 63 South Main St. at the First Congregational Church in Rochester; the other is at at 1 Park Court inside St. George Episcopal Church in Durham.
The mission of SOS Recovery Community Organization is to reduce stigma and harm associated with substance use disorders by providing safe space and peer-based supports to people in multiple pathways of recovery, the press release said. The organization currently provides one-on-one coaching by trained peer recovery coaches for individuals and family members that might be seeking or working on maintaining recovery.
SOS also provides telephone recovery supports to individuals and families; active sober social activities; support meetings; building peer support networks; and various activities to assist people in their recovery including help with job placement, resumé writing, assistance with housing, life skills, and other wellness supports. All of the programming and activities are offered at no charge to individuals and family members, according to the press release.
SOS is currently networking and providing services for patients of Goodwin Community Health. The organization has partnered in providing services to Strafford County Community Corrections for both their transitional housing and drug court programs.
SOS Recovery Community Organization is currently working in collaboration with Safe Harbor Recovery Center for some exciting spring events and sober activities they will be sponsoring together over the next several months, the press release said.
SOS Recovery Community Organization has played in integral part in Community Access to Recovery programs. SOS responds by dispatching peer recovery coaches to individuals seeking help through Dover and Somersworth Police Departments. Individuals may walk into both police departments seeking help without fear of arrest, and SOS peer recovery coaches are dispatched to meet them and assist in navigating treatment and recovery options.
SOS Recovery Community Organization has also been working closely with Southeastern NH Services, Groups, Hope on Haven Hill, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, University of New Hampshire Health Services, and many more to offer their programs and services to individuals seeking peer recovery supports during and after completing treatment for substance misuse, the press release said.
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