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                                                                February 2023
Town of Alexandria Becomes Recovery Friendly Community
Little Antlers Receives Donation from Newfound Area Charitable Foundation
  At a Selectboard meeting on 12/20/22 Alexandria Police Chief David Suckling, along with community partners from Plym- outh Area Recovery Connec- tion (PARC), Communities for Alcohol- and Drug- Free Youth (CADY) and Midstate Health, spoke about ways to make the Town as an employer, a “Recov- ery Friendly Workplace”.
Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) is a state funded initiative to allow employers to support their communities by recog- nizing recovery from substance use disorder as a strength and by being willing to work inten- tionally with people in recovery. RFW encourages a healthy and safe environment where employ- ers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers to those impacted by addiction.
In addition to the Recov- ery Friendly Workplace, Chief Suckling spoke about the town becoming a Recovery Friendly Community. Much of the work that is already being done by the Police Department (PD) and its partner agencies could be recog- nized and promoted. The Police Department actively promotes recovery and will often assist cit- izens of the town with accessing recovery programs along with Narcan distribution and public outreach. Becoming a Recovery Friendly Community would en- sure this work is promoted and recognized.
Chief Suckling stated “that this wouldn’t be possible without the partnerships of external agen- cies and that they are integral to our continued success.” The town will continue to make Narcan available to its residents’ along with training and various out- reach programs for people suffer- ing from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and their families. Chief
Suckling made note that this will not diminish their law enforce- ment actions against drug dealers.
Michele Barbrie from the Plymouth Area Recovery Con- nection (PARC) states “PARC can get individuals into treatment the same day. We will also meet you where you are at and offer peer-to-peer support services in person, by phone, and virtually; resource navigation and referral, goal planning, education, and ad- vocacy for people with substance use disorders and their family members. PARC offers a connec- tion to recovery.”
Kandyce Tucker from CADY says “CADY can help by refer- ring people to The Doorway for assessments, PARC for counseling services and for additional local resources. CADY will also assist with supplying the Alexandria Police Department with Narcan and overdose pre- vention kits. Other partnerships with CADY will include sub- stance free and recovery friendly events and outreach materials for community members.”
Scott Leighton from Midstate Health Center’s RISE Recovery Services states “Mid-State Health Center’s RISE Recovery Services offers a safe place for treatment and recovery resources for those with a substance use disorder. Offering individual support, an Intensive Outpatient Program, Medication Assisted Treatment, and assistance connecting to higher levels of care. The RISE team works with participants to explore recovery options and help find the right path for their unique recovery journey. The RISE Recovery Team is available from 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.”
We are excited to bring these agencies together to better help our community members with recovery
PLYMOUTH AND BRIS- TOL – In late December, mem- bers of the Newfound Area Charitable Foundation (NACF) Board presented Little Antlers Learning Center with a $5,000 donation to help fund the out- door playground at the childcare center.
While the center’s outdoor playground has other support- ers, such as Littleton Hospital’s Alpine Clinic, the donation was made in memory of a dear friend Brian Collins, who recently passed. Brian was an avid racer, friend, and volunteer of the NA- CF’s Annual Run Your Buns Off 4.2 Miler Road Race held at the Newfound Lake on Labor Day weekend each year.
According to NACF Vice Pres- ident, Garlyn Manganiello, Brian was a beloved and dedicated member of the running commu- nity and is deeply missed. "Brian's passion for running and his gen- uinely caring personality is what made him an icon in the running community. He was there from day one when our little road race
Little Antlers proudly accepted the donation and are honored to have been the recipient of this meaningful donation.
began, and we loved having both him and his son Emmett partic- ipate in our annual event," said Manganiello.
The NACF Board chose to make the donation to the Little Antlers Learning Center in honor of Brian, knowing that he would have been happy to see future generations encouraged to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Audrey Goudie, NACF President and co-race director, said "The donation aligns with our mission to promote healthy activities for all, and connecting this gift in memoriam of Brian just made it a perfect fit for us."
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