I am writing to you with an update about Link House Inc.’s (LHI) activities and operations during these uncertain times. We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID 19 outbreak. As the situation changes daily, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, residents and patients.
Currently NO staff members, residents or patients have tested positive for COVID 19. All of the procedures we have in place align with CDC recommendations and we continue to monitor changes in federal, state and local protocols on a daily basis.
Governor Baker recently announced the expansion of restrictions and closings in order to slow the spread of COVID 19. As a result, LHI has increased 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 and the Residence for Women in Recovery in Newburyport, 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.
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.
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.
On September 10, 2018, Liz Kidder completed her 2,190 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness around addiction and also to support Link House, Inc., specifically the Maris Center for Women. She began on April 2, 2018 in Georgia. Liz spent 161 days walking, hiking and climbing until she reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. During this time, Liz turned 30 years old and got married. She also raised over $5,000 for Link House, Inc. Liz’s Go Fund Me page can be accessed here:
Congratulations to Liz on an amazing accomplishment. The staff and clients of the Maris Center are truly appreciative of her efforts on behalf of our programs.