“Project Redemption” has been created as a collaboration between Alyssa’s Place: Peer Recovery and Resource Center at AED Foundation Inc and Photography by Veronika Patty to help de-stigmatize addiction and people who struggle with substance use disorder.
The stigma attached to this disease prevents those who need it from seeking out treatment and recovery, and can eventually result in their death if recovery is not sought.
People in recovery are not second-class citizens. They come from all walks of life and all socio-economic classes. They are parents, grandparents, and children.
“Project Redemption” is also in collaboration with MOAR – Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery and Faces & Voices of Recovery. The MOAR Mission is to organize recovering individuals, families and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value of recovery from alcohol and other addictions.
This project will be on display at Jeremiah’s Inn from October 19th to October 23rd. If you wish to come see the display, please contact Melissa (firstname.lastname@example.org, 508.755.6403×10)
Our very own executive director, Janelle Wilson, talks with Ron Motta & Activate Worcester, about Jeremiah’s Inn, the work we do for our community, our nutrition center, and the ongoing battle against the opioid epidemic.
This week, we’ll be sharing five info graphics on hunger both in Worcester and the world to promote our 23rd Annual Food Drive, happening June 19th to 24th!
Today, the focus is on the kids, who make up nearly 30% of our food pantry clients. 100% of Worcester Public School children are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. When school gets out on June 21, they’ll be at risk for hunger and food security. You can help us feed them this summer by contributing food or cash to our food drive!
Stop by Shaw’s (Webster Square) between 10-6 this week
Make a donation on line at www.jeremiahsinn.com/get-involved/donate/
Send us a check: PO Box 30035, Worcester, MA 01603.
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The 35th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors was a great success! We had some amazing current resident and alumni speakers, financial reports, a big update on what’s new at Jeremiah’s and what next for us, the premier of our promotional video “Being of SERVE-ice”, the election of a new member of the board, delicious food, and we awarded our 2016 ‘Golden Friends’.
We are thankful for all of the opportunities we have to serve our community, fighting the addiction epidemic and food insecurity, and we are excited for what’s to come for Jeremiah’s Inn!
Thank you to all of our donors and stakeholders, volunteers, members of the board, residents and Nutrition Center clients, for allowing us to serve!
On Monday, April 17th, the 2nd Annual Michael Y. Tardif Deep Sea Fishing Trip was held. This is a charitable event to honor the memory of Michael ‘Mikey’ Tardif, who passed away in January 2016 to overdose.
Mike was well known and loved in the central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire recovery communities. He was also a proud union carpenter out of the Boston area. He loved his children, and was a wonderful dad, son, fiance, and brother. He shared his passion for fishing with the organizers of this event, his father Yvan, brother in law Rich, and brothers Jason, Gary and Mike. The event began as an annual trip amongst friends and family, and has developed into the memorial fundraiser it is today following Mike’s untimely passing.
The participants had a wonderful time, as always, caught a ton of fish and warmly recalled memories of their friend.
The event, which is held every year on Patriots Day, raised $380.00, which was donated to Jeremiah’s Inn. Next year the organizers of the trip hope to make it even bigger.
Mike was gone far too soon, but his memory is carried on by his children, friends, family, recovery community, and Jeremiah’s Inn.
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).
As we approach Volunteer Week 2017 (April 23rd- 29th) Jeremiah’s Inn will highlight the many ways our volunteers contribute to help us fight addiction and hunger in our community.
As always, if you would like to give back, it is as easy as picking up the phone and calling, or emailing, and ask how you can get involved.
In anticipation of a large winter storm, the Nutrition Center/Food Pantry will be closed on March 14th, 2017. We anticipate re-opening on Thursday, March 16th at 9:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please stay in and stay warm if at all possible!
What can you do with some construction paper and markers? According to Jesse Garcia, a teacher at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, amazing things. That is what he and a group of 40 students set out to accomplish with their activities club, ‘the food drive club’.
Since November, Mr. Garcia and the students spent an hour a day, three days a week after school, building boxes and creating posters to advertise their food drive. In January, they put on a small concert benefit at NuCafe in Worcester to collect food and donations towards their mission. Students from the club sang and played various instruments alongside Mr. Garcia himself. The event was wonderfully successful.
On March 2nd, Mr. Garcia and all of the students of the club came to Jeremiah’s Inn with two pickup trucks and an SUV LOADED with food. In total, they delivered right around 7,419 POUNDS of food! The students and teachers formed a line from the trucks to the pantry, put on some music, and spent the better part of three hours passing food from the trucks to fill the pantry shelves.
To give a glimpse into the impact that Mr. Garcia and the students made, the food they raised will allow Jeremiah’s to donate 50 pounds of food to 148 needy families right here in the city of Worcester, as well as to benefit the 29 men recovering from substance abuse disorders that reside here at the Inn.
So to answer the question- What can you do with some construction paper and markers? With some dedicated kids and effort, you can feed a city, 148 families at a time.
Want to get involved and make your own impact in our community? Email Melissa@jeremiahsinn.com for more information on ways you can give back!