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.
Link House, Inc., along with representative from the Newburyport Police Department, Anna Jaques Hospital, the Pelican Intervention Fund, and the Pettingill House recently participated in the Addiction in Our Workplaces Forum held on April 30th at Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport.
The Forum highlighted what services each organization provides to individuals struggling with addiction, or to families concerned about a loved one struggling with addiction.
On June 1, 2018 “Stop Thinking Like That No Matter What” will hit the bookshelves. It is a book written by Jason Hyland, a former Link House client, during his stay the Link House in Newburyport and profiles his experience with addiction. Please read the Newburyport Daily News article here for more information:
Link House, Inc. is partnering with other local agencies to train volunteer Recovery Coaches who will be available to assist local police departments on an as needed basis. The training is scheduled for May 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 9:00 am-5:30 pm. Please click on the link below for more information about the Recovery Coach training and how to sign up to participate:
On November 1, Link House, Inc. hosted a training entitled “Understanding Trauma-Informed Care: Practices, Theory and Client-Centered Care” given by Nicole LeBlanc, MSW, LICSW, a Trauma Integration Specialist at the Institute for Health and Recovery in Cambridge. Many local non-profit agencies were in attendance. The training included information on trauma and substance use, the impact of trauma on the brain, trauma reactions, trauma and relationships, trauma and parenting, inadvertent re-traumatization, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma, and self regulation/self-care.