The Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle has awarded SOS Recovery Community Organization a $25,000 grant which will be used to support the opening of a new recovery community center in Hampton, NH.
Committed to improving the region’s quality of life through collective giving, SWGC was founded in 2006 by a group of women eager to use their skills nd resources to address critical issues facing the Seacoast community. More than 170 members contribute annually to a pooled fund and participate in volunteer service projects in the community.
Over the course of the year, board members educate themselves about community issues, identify a cause on which to focus, and select nonprofit organizations that provide services in or to the residents of some or all of eight Seacoast towns. The focus of this year’s grants was addressing substance use disorders (SUDs) on the Seacoast.
“We are extremely grateful and honored to receive this grant. It is only through unique partnerships such as this that we at SOS are able to continue to expand the vital peer recovery support services and programs that people in the Seacoast need to find and maintain recovery from substance use disorder,” says John Burns, director of SOS RCO.
According to Burns, the $25,000 will be used to supplement the State of NH Stare Opioid Response funding through Harbor Homes to open a third recovery community center on Route 1 in Hampton.
“Both SOS and the Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) for Region 6 and Strafford County have identified Hampton as an underserved area for SUDs and mental health disorders for those living below federal poverty levels,” says Burns. “The Hampton Center would serve the Seacoast area as currently the two closets recovery community centers in the area are in Portsmouth and Manchester,
Burns says SOS has signed a letter of intent to lease the former Hampton Chamber of Ccommerce Building located at One Lafayette Road, which is 2,400 square feet. He said SOS is hoping to have a soft opening of the center by May 1st.
SOS RCO currently operates two other recovery community centers, one if Dover and one in Rochester. In addition to providing crisis navigation, the Hampton Recovery Community Center will provide recovery coaching, telephone recovery support services, meetings, sober social activities, outreach and education to reduce stigma, as well as provide a safe place for individuals to build connection and support.
Burns said the Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and in addition to trained volunteer recovery coaches, it will be staffed by one full time center manager and a full-time recovery support coordinator.
A program of Greater Seacoast Community Health, the mission of SOS RCO is to reduce stigma and harm associated with substance misuse by providing safe space and peer-based supports for people in all stages of recovery. For more information about SOS RCO go to SOSRCO.org or call 603-841-2350.