The Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community held its annual Holiday party in January, which brought together staff and community members from all of the Recovery Learning Centers (RLCs) in Boston and the surrounding area. Awards for Volunteer of the Year were given to volunteers from each of the RLCs. MBRLC services are run for peers, by peers living with mental health challenges. For more information about the MBRLC, click here for the website, which has printable flyers you can download and distribute to clients and community members you think would benefit from visiting the centers and participating in peer services.
Pictured here is Lindsey Rosen receiving the Howard Trachtman Award from MBRLC co-founder Howard Trachtman and volunteer Tom Gagnon.
Here is staff member Norma Heath, receiving an award on behalf of a volunteer and Yuka Gordon Director of the MBRLC, giving an award.
One of the programs that was highlighted was Opening Doors to the Arts (ODA), which provides free and reduced price tickets to concerts, theater, conference and events, circus and the occasional sporting event for people with mental health challenges and/or addictions. Approximately $100,000 of donated tickets are distributed through the program each year. The program is run largely by volunteers led by Howard Trachtman, co-founder of the MBRLC, who is supported by one paid staff person, Norma Heath. For more information about how to join their mailing list, which is the best way to stay informed of upcoming performances, click here.