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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-18-2021

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8 2021 HEALTH & WELLNESS GUIDE | THE VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 2021 WOONSOCKET – Community Care Alliance was formed on July 1, 2014 through the merging of Family Resources Community Action (FRCA) and NRI Com- munity Services (NRICS). The crossover in clients and services presented FRCA and NRICS with a stable platform on which to build a formal partnership to create a comprehensive human service agency. This was one of only a few mergers in the nation of a community action agency, community mental health center, and family service agency. Today, Community Care Alliance demonstrates consistent- ly how community mental health and human service agencies can collaborate to improve services to individuals and families in a region with notable challenges. Michelle Taylor, Vice President of Social Health Services, states that the goal of the agency today is to achieve the mission to support individuals and families in their efforts to meet economic, social and emotional challenges, and to enhance their well-being. The long-term vision is that through programs, advocacy and collaboration people are empow- ered to discover their potential and live as engaged citizens, free of stigma, within a thriving community. How do they do this? The focus is very much on the individual, but with a holistic, family-based approach. The indi- vidual or family provides the basis for treatment, setting achievable goals and the necessary level of support. Clients have access to resources, such as housing, basic needs, and educational and employment supports. More than 50 programs and services are offered to meet the varied, unique needs of each client served. Serenity is one program. The Serenity Center is a program of Commu- nity Care Alliance that opened in 2015 in a shared space at 245 Main Street, and moved to 66 Social St. in Woonsocket in 2019.The Center's common goal is to help people in addiction recovery. A team of five, warm and friendly Peer Recovery Specialists work individually and together to meet people where they are at in their journey. All Peer Recovery Specialists are individuals who have lived experience and can relate first-hand to people seeking support. This is the key to the Center's success and members feel safe and comfortable there. The Center is conveniently located and the only recovery center in Woonsocket. It has one large open space, one conference area and office, affording privacy as well as group spaces for recovery activities. Attendance was low at the initial location, but has increased since the move to Social Street. Prior to COVID-19, attendance was about 25 to 30 people per day. Now, the center adheres to COVID protocols and about 15 people attend per day. Members receive an initial intake when their needs are assessed and a Peer Recovery Spe- cialist is assigned. Besides recovery activities, they receive referrals if needed and are able to utilize the jobs section with computer access to research, make appointments, search for apart- ments, etc. Sometimes food, coffee and snacks are available. If a member leaves the program, he or she can always come back at any time. They can just drop in, Monday to Friday, 10AM to 3PM. Members typically meet once or more a week. A calendar of events can be found on the website at: www.CommunityCareRI.org/Serenity At Community Care Alliance you will receive the best care possible with qualified staff com- mitted to helping the community by focusing on individual's needs to create a treatment plan that works best for them. Empowering people for more than 130 years! Sponsored Story Community Care Alliance Main Line: 401-235-7000 The Serenity Center 66 Social Street, Woonsocket www.communitycareri.org Pictured above Lynn Mosher, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist/ Supervisor and Gary Zeman, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist/ Manager of Serenity Center, one of the programs within Commu- nity Care Alliance.

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