NH Recovery Month Celebrations!

Last Chance to register for Ethics for Recovery Support Workers – Registration deadline is Friday.

Ethics for Recovery Support Workers: Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 18th & 19th at Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, NH. 8:30AM – 5:15PM each day. Cost is $60.00 to attend and manuals will be provided. 14 CEs will be awarded. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccar-ethical-considerations-tickets-36922833188 to register. Space is limited so register early.

HIV/AIDS – Derry, NH. Oct. 5th, 2017 at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, NH. 6 CEs will be awarded. This class is pre approved by the NH Licensing Board for Alcohol & Other Drugs. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hivaids-for-recovery-support-workers-derry-tickets-36922861272.Seats are limited so register soon.

Welcome to National Recovery Month!Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored the work of substance use treatment professionals in the field. The observance evolved into National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in 1998, when it expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The observance evolved once again in 2011 to National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to include all aspects of behavioral health. Read more at Recoverymonth.gov/about. According to Recoverymonth.gov the theme for 2017 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.

Events happening in New Hampshire

Restore Your Spirit Celebration & Vigil, Sept. 9th, 2017. 1:00PM to 5:00PM, White Park, Concord, NH; Food, silent auction, live entertainment. Special guest, Poet Mc-Matt Ganem. Download flyer here. All proceeds go to STARS. Read more about STARS Program here.

Rally for Recovery NH, September 16th, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Veterans Memorial Park, Manchester NH; The Rally is a family-friendly event seeking to educate and raise awareness about addiction and the journey to recovery.  HOPE for NH Recovery will be joining with other community partners to host this event.  Family members, friends, and advocates of recovery will come out to celebrate the commitment we all share in this recovery movement. Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities available! Download flyer here. For more information visit here.
3rd Annual Take A Walk In Our Shoes, Sunday Sept. 17th, 10AM to 3PM, North Conway, NH; Hosted by MWV Supports Recovery. Prefer to ride? Join the County Motorcycle ride that begins at 10AM.
Or join Family Friendly Recovery Rally at Schouler Park to include a BBQ, live entertainment, raffles, kids activities, quest speakers, resource tables and much more. Visit  http://www.mwvsupportsrecovery.org/ for all the details.

Keene Hates Heroin (KHH), 2nd Annual Live Free Rally here in Keene on Sept 16 at the Keene Recreation Center from 11AM to 5PM; Live Bands: The High Vultage Project, Zach Benton, and Rick and The Redhead; The Pit Stop is catering; inside there will be a health and wellness fair including yoga, meditation mapping, free massage & chiropractic services; live demonstrations from Shaolin Studios and more. Guest speakers and feature presentations about addiction and recovery as well as a resource room where services from the Continuum of Care (Prevention, Treatment and Recovery) are welcome to have a table. No charge to attend (food will be sold at event). Any donations/proceeds will be used in KHH scholarship form to help persons in recovery gain access to treatment resources (medical clearance appts, MAT assistance, transportation, copays, etc. Rain or shine. Indoors and outdoors. Child and family friendly. Playground on site (parents responsible for their children). Volunteers needed! Resource tables welcome. Contact Jessica White at jessica.white@keeneserenitycenter.org or visit facebook here.

Super Sober Dance, Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2017, 6PM-10PM. Hope for NH – Franklin Center, 175 Central Street, Franklin, NH. More information to follow, or contact Carolee Longely @ 603.934.1496.

2nd Annual Restore Your Spirit Day

Download PDF of Flyer & Application

Restore Your Spirit Celebration and Vigil
September 9, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm
White Park, 1 White St., Concord, and N.H.03303

Dear Friend,

The S.T.A.R.S. Program (Scholarship Trust for Addiction Recovery Services) is excited to invite you to join us at our 2nd annual “Restore Your Spirit Celebration & Vigil” where together we will recognize and celebrate National Recovery month. The S.T.A.R.S. Program is a 501 © 3 that raises and distributes funds in New Hampshire for motivated individuals who are seeking support in their recovery from substance use disorder.  Since August of 2015 we’ve helped numerous individuals in a variety of ways, i.e. purchasing steel toed boots, getting their driver’s license reinstated and paying rent for 1-2 weeks for their recovery housing.

Restore Your Spirit Celebration and Vigil is a free, family orientated event that will provide you and the public with resources and education about substance use disorder (alcoholism & drug addiction), prevention and treatment.  This is a forum to help educate the public so that their perception and the way that they respond to the people who suffer from substance use disorder will begin to shatter the stigma that is associated with it.  This is a positive celebration that will include live music from people who are in recovery and advocates who will speak about the effects of prevention and treatment.  Our goal is to promote public awareness that people can and do recover, and honor their success.  We will remember lives lost and their families because not one more parent should lose a child to the disease of addiction.

Here is one of the many testimonies that we’ve received:  “I want to start off saying thank you for all you do to help those in recovery.  Your program has greatly made an impact in my life.  With all the stressors of early recovery financial insecurity is a burden that I have in the past relapsed over.  With the struggle of trying to manage everything from I.O.P to getting a job, food, etc., it was reassuring when your program offered to help me out with my rent.”  Jasmine L.

We would like to ask you to consider becoming one of the S.T.A.R.S. Program 2017 sponsors for this great event so that we can continue to help people like Jasmine.  Included with this letter is a 2017 sponsorship proposal packet for you to review.

For more information about the Celebration and Vigil and or sponsorship questions, please contact the celebration coordinators Donna Marston (603)-568-0533 or Cheryle Pacapelli at (203)-213-0924

In Service,

The S.T.A.R.S. Program


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6th Annual Chocolate Ball

We are gearing up for ourselves 6th annual Chocolate Ball on March 11th. Tickets are $20. Children under 12 $10. D.J.Joey Dion .
All the Chocolate you can eat. Raffles and games. 7:00-11:00
Hope to see you there! You can purchase tickets at the door.
Also you can call 548-0521 for more info. Derry Friendship Center, 6 Railroad Ave, Derry, NH

Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Derry-Friendship-Center-532373186818916/

March CHOPPED Junior Qualifying Pledge Drive

The pledge drive will run from March 13th to 31st. Any young cook between the age of 12 to 18 are encouraged to participate, competing for pledge votes that will qualifying them for 1 of the 4 spots in the CHOPPED Junior Challenge on Tuesday, April 18th. All funds raised are 100% in support of MWV Supports Recovery Sober Living Home in Center Conway, The Endeavor House and Family Resource Center serving Carroll County and surrounding communities.


The winner of the CHOPPED Junior Challenging in April will not only earn the title of MWV CHOPPED Challenge Champion but we have cash prized for both 1st and 2nd place.

PLEASE, if you know any young cooks between the ages of 12 to 18 interested in showing of their skills for a great cause please have them email, their name, photo, town they are from and a brief paragraph on why they should be chosen to compete in the CHOPPED Junior Michelle Ward at mwvaddictionsupport@gmail.com or distribute/post the flyer attached.