Posted May 10, 2019
The public is invited to come to the Ryan Gamage Stairway to Recovery Pancake Breakfast at St. Brendan’s Church, 150 Broadway in Rockland on Saturday, May 11 from 8 to 10 AM. Suggested donations are $10 for ages 12 years and old, free for younger children. Breakfast will be prepared by the Knights of Columbus and Kerry Altiero, creator of Café Miranda.
A Healthy Home is Stronger Than Any Drug
So many of us are blessed with a place we call “home”. We are grateful for the solid roof over our heads and the warmth and safety that our homes provide. But too often we take it for that granted. It does not take much imagination, though, to realize what like would be like without our homes. We would live every day in relentless crisis.
It also does not take much imagination to understand how it can be a life or death situation for someone to lack a secure home when their life is already full of crisis daily due to drug addiction or other problems.
Our homes are our foundation upon which we maintain our health, work and family and social lives. A safe and supportive home is the most important need that must be met before people with addiction can attain meaningful recovery. The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition owns two recovery residences now, one for men in Rockland (called the “Friends House”) and the other in Camden for women in recovery and their children (due to open this summer).
We are committed to accommodating as many people who would benefit from safe and supportive housing as we can.
At this time, we get at least 3 phone calls every day from people in recovery who are desperately seeking a recovery residence to straighten out their lives. At that rate, we will get more than 1000 requests for housing a year. Currently, we are allowed only 4 men in our men’s house due to the stairs not meeting fire code. Once we fix the stairs, we would be allowed to accommodate 16 men. With most people staying about 6 months, that would mean about 100 men would benefit every 3 years in this house alone.
But we need your help. It is estimated that the cost of renovations will be $100,000. We feel we can generate income that will cover half that cost so need to raise another $50,000 to help another dozen men by the end of this summer.
The new stair tower, named in memory and in honor of Ryan Gamage, a man in recovery who wanted to build the tower but who died of a drug overdose himself in January, will have about 50 stairs. We would like 50 individuals or groups of individuals to each buy one step in the stair tower for $1000 each and to have a plaque with the names of the donors on those steps to recognize the contributions.
PLEASE ASK FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO JOIN WITH YOU TO RAISE $1000 TO PAY FOR ONE OF THE 50 STEPS – AND TO JOIN US AT THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST.