Link House Inc. Recipients of 2nd Award from CCB Foundation

Link House Inc. Recipients of 2nd Award from CCB Foundation

For the second time, Link House Inc. will benefit from the generosity of the CCB Foundation. The recent $7,000 gift will be directed to assist clients in need of support to transition from a Link House program into an independent living situation. Funds will be used for first and last month’s deposit for an apartment, and/or assistance to set up an apartment (furniture, bedding, kitchen items, etc.).

In 2018, Colleen and Gordon Bullard of Rockport established the CCB Foundation Inc. in memory of their son, who lost his battle to addiction the year before at the age of 30.   The Bullards have turned their grief into action, with the goal of supporting innovative recovery programs. “We are most grateful for the continued support of the CCB Foundation. They truly understand the challenges of addiction, and the supports needed for clients to transition into independent living and maintain long-term recovery” says Gary Gastman, Executive Director for Link House Inc.

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Colleen and Gordon Bullard of Rockport were devastated when they lost their 30-year-old son Cory to drug addiction in 2017, but they have turned their grief into action. The Bullards established The CCB Foundation to honor their son, which helps fund innovative recovery programs. In December, The CCB Foundation made a gift of $4,000 to Link House Inc. in support of the Maris Center, a residential rehabilitation program located in Salisbury, MA.

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The increase seen at Link House isn't an isolated phenomenon. As Massachusetts wrestles with a deadly outbreak of heroin and prescription drug abuse, increasing demand for long-term recovery beds has health officials turning to group treatment homes such as Link House, and "sober homes" for much-needed housing and recovery. There are several of the latter in greater Newburyport, including The Elms and Progress House in Amesbury.

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Gary Gastman, the new executive director for Link House, Inc., sees the frustrating every day. The non-profit umbrella corporation headquartered in Salisbury, Link House, Inc. runs substance abuse recovery initiatives for both men and women at facilities in Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury, including Link House, the Maris Center for Women, Progress House, the Elms of Amesbury and Moore's Way.

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"This is a very serious house; you become friends very quickly here because we're all committed to the same thing," Huberdeau said. "Link House has a reputation of being a hard house to get through. We're all very serious about recovery here. This is a non working house; we can't work for the first five months because we're here to work on ourselves."