The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services recently awarded Gándara Center a Substance Addiction Peer Recovery Support Center grant for greater Plymouth. For the past two years, Gándara Center has been partnering with the Plymouth Recovery Center, Inc. on Obery Street with the goal of securing state funds to provide a stable funding base for the Center.

The program will move to a centrally located, larger downtown Main Street location—one that that includes parking—in early 2020. Gándara staff will continue to provide outreach support to the Obery Street site, which will remain open at reduced hours. Many of the current Plymouth Recovery Center groups will move to the new site. Gándara Center staff may also provide outreach supports to other sites in Plymouth County.

Gándara Center’s Recovery Support Center in Plymouth is among eight new recovery support centers funded within communities with high overdose rates.

The Plymouth Recovery Support Center’s mission is based on creating a culture of recovery and welcomes all individuals contemplating or engaged in recovery from substance use and those affected by substance use. All paths to recovery will be respected. All of the Center’s services are free. Participants may also be referred to Recovery Coaching, whereby trained peers help participants identify barriers and supports they need to maintain recovery.

The Center’s goal is to provide a safe, respectful and welcoming environment to people in recovery and their family members. It uses a participant driven, peer-to-peer model in which staff with lived experience support and train volunteer/members who help to initiate, design, implement and evaluate Center activities. Participants and members will expand its daily calendar of structured activities that include education, skills development, and peer supports designed to help prevent and promote sustained recovery from substances. Participants will receive emotional and informational supports—including concrete assistance to find jobs, childcare, employment, housing, connections within the community, relapse prevention and tobacco cessation support groups, social events, access to computers for job readiness/job search activities, and advocacy.

The Center creates a place to make sober social connections and develop a sense of belonging through recreational, health, wellness and service activities, and participation in health fairs, community events, and celebrations/holidays.