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Dear Members of the Recovery Community, Partners, and Allies of North Central Vermont Recovery Center:
Due to the Covid-19 public health emergency, we are closing our doors to the public effective at 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 18th. We are tentatively planning to remain closed likely through the end of April, but we will regularly re-evaluate and re-open as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.
This heartbreaking decision was not made lightly or without consideration of the hardships it might cause, but was made for the good of our entire NCVRC family and the greater good of our community to help mitigate the spread of this illness which has been shown to be especially dangerous for some of the people we serve and for us.
Although we will be closed to most forms of in-person recovery support at the recovery center, if you have a recovery coach or would like one, our recovery coaches will be available for support by phone and other methods at your mutual convenience. And our staff will be available to talk with anyone who is in crisis or experiencing a challenge in their recovery, anyone who needs a referral to services, or anyone who wants to talk. Please see our phone numbers and email addresses below. Wet will do our best to continue supporting each other and our community, and in fact to provide new and different forms of support throughout this period.
Our Emergency Department recovery coaches will continue to respond to pages and engage with patients remotely until the hospital deems it safe to resume in-person patient engagements.
Support Groups that meet at NCVRC, including AA, NA, and Al-Anon, will decide individually whether they will hold their meetings in person, remotely using Zoom, or some combination. Many have already put meetings on hold. Please check our website to see what meetings, if any, are continuing at https://www.ncvrc.com/meetings. I will update it as more information comes in.
Information has been posted regarding hand-washing and maintaining social distance to maintain safety.
Please note: Although Governor Scott’s statewide order limits gatherings to no more than 50, yesterday the White House issued a recommendation that groups should be limited to 10 people. The White House’s recommendations aren’t mandatory, but seem to reflect the latest assessment of health experts that more restrictions are necessary to stem the rate of infection. Use your best judgment. Even a one-on-one interactions could continue a chain of transmission.
NCVRC contact Information:
Daniel Franklin, Executive Director, recovery coach: (802) 490-0532, Daniel.Franklin@ncvrc.com
Meg Goulet, Pathway Guide, recovery coach: (802) 851-0270, Megan.NCVRC@gmail.com
Mike Privee, Recovery coaching program manager, operations manager: (802) 851-0331, Mike.Privee@ncvrc.com
Geoff Butler, Emergency Department Recovery Coaching Supervisor: (802) 230-6027, Geoff.Butler@ncvrc.com
Thank you - each and every one of you - for your incredible support and dedication to our community. We will be in touch as anything changes. And again, please don't hesitate to reach out to the staff any time if there is anything we can do for you. Below are some online supports that might be helpful in lieu of in-person meetings.
Offers a variety of online communications, including chat rooms, message boards, etc. They also offer online media and online meetings with specific meeting topics (i.e. cocaine anonymous)
Offers online meetings with specialized topics. They have multiple modalities, including 12 step, non-12 step, over all wellness, and overall mental health.
Provides online meetings using Zoom. They already have a set schedule for all 7 days of the week with various speakers already scheduled.
Offers a recovery chat rooms using text chat. They also provide other recovery resources such as testimonies, readings, etc.
Offers daily online meetings with 24/7 text chat with other members. They also offer a variety of extra resources, such as meditation for NA, relapse prevention, and other recovery-oriented resources.
Specifically a narcotics anonymous forum and recovery community that uses text chat, Skype, and phone calls
Offers online support with open forums where women can share and seek support 24/7 plus text messaging support schedules 2 times a day. They also offer phone support.