Link House mourns the passing of one of the founders Larry Quinn
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Larry Quinn, one of the founders of Link House who first led the agency in the early 1970s. The Newburyport native and Salisbury resident who devoted his life to helping others passed away last week at the age of 83. Along with his lifelong commitment to supporting Link House he was honored as Man of the Year in 1979, counselor of the year, and received numerous other awards throughout his life.
Throughout his life Larry helped thousands of people at Link House and AA. “We are grateful for Larry’s tireless devotion to Link House. He helped lay the foundation beginning with assisting two to three men in a sober house almost 50 years ago to supporting Link House throughout the years. He was a beacon of light in the recovery world,” said Gary Gastman, Link House executive director. “Larry was very involved in Link House and would sit and talk to the men after meetings to share the Link House history and support the men in their recovery,” said Linda Corso, Link House program director.
We send our deep condolences to his wife Mary and his two daughters Teresa Quinn Bourque and Brenda Quinn, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren and thank them for sharing this wonderful man with us.
CCB Foundation has been a big supporter of improving the lives of individuals who are on their journey of recovery from opiate addiction. Through the generous donations from the CCB Foundation, many former clients of Link House, Inc. have been benefited, such as transitioning into independent housing and participating in healthy, sober recreational activities. Colleen and Gordon Bullard should be proud of the impacting they are making in our community. Please view CCB’s latest fundraising video and consider making a donation.
I am writing to you with an update about Link House Inc.’s (LHI) activities and operations as the Commonwealth moves into Phase 3 of reopening businesses. We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID 19 updates both at the state and federal level. As the situation changes daily, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, residents, and patients.
LHI continues to practice measures outlined by the CDC, in addition to elevating cleaning and sanitizing practices, and are closely monitoring visitation in each of the five residential programs, The Elms and Progress House in Amesbury, Link House, the Women’s Independent Sober Housing in Newburyport (WISH), and the Maris Center for Women in Salisbury. The programs remain open and currently serving residents at this time.
The Center for Behavioral Health & Addiction Services (CBHATS) in Amesbury remains open virtually and is accepting new patients for therapy and psychopharm medications via Telehealth (phone/live video).
Telehealth is the preferred treatment modality when individuals have limited ability to leave one’s house, and allows for HIPPA compliant screening, triage, and treatment regardless of limitations related to evolving pandemic. Call 978.834.6583 or email CBHATS@linkhouseinc.org. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!
These are unprecedented times in the Commonwealth, our country, and the world. Thank you in advance for your support and flexibility. Together we will move through these uncharted waters, continue to honor those impacted by addiction, and offer hope to individuals and families on their recovery journey.
In partnership and gratitude,
Gary Gastman, PhD
‘Tis the season, brimming with twinkle and sparkle — and posing distinctive challenges for those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction and their families and friends.
With almost five decades of experience, Link House, Inc. understands the intensity and complexity of the challenges people with substance use disorder face on a daily basis, and especially around the holidays.