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.
On April 2, 2018, Liz Kidder will be taking off to start her journey on the Appalachian Trail! She will attempt to hike the 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine in about six months. Her mission while doing this is to raise awareness and donations for substance abuse and addiction. 100% of donations will go directly to THE LINK HOUSE to help people in our own community with their recoveries.