Welcome to the Western Mass Recovering Learning Community
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks. We believe that human relationships are often at the center of what heal people who have experienced extreme emotional distress, trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, addiction and a variety of other challenges in life. We also believe that we are a part of a civil and human rights movement and that real change does not happen on a sustainable level unless everyone is involved in the process and issues like discrimination, poverty, imbalances of power and acceptance of natural diversity are addressed.
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is made up of PEOPLE (not places) and is wherever and however YOU and others from the community may choose to connect. Together, we offer a variety of events, workshops, trainings, advocacy and leadership councils, as well as a peer support line, four resource centers (Springfield, Greenfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield) and a Peer Respite in Northampton. Above all else, we create space for anyone who has a genuine interest in taking part in our community and holding its values to share and find connection, information, ideas and opportunities to make change in their own lives and/or the community around them. Our shared experiences and ‘humanness’ are what unite us. Our stories, collective wisdom and strength are what guide us and our community forward.
The new space is next to the Pittsfield Commons, where farmer’s markets happen regularly, there are basketball courts, space for community picnics and more great stuff. We also have room for gardening! Our landlord is connected to a local nursery, so we hope to have lots of herbs and flowers available to our community, and picnic tables out back for folks to lounge in the sun.
- Live in Western Massachusetts
- Have been personally impacted by psychiatric diagnosis, extreme states, trauma and other challenged that have gotten in the way of their ability to explore and achieve their dreams
- Have a clear vision for your business or independent project
- Are self-driven and motivated to reach project goals
- Are not employees of the RLC (or its umbrella organization, the Consortium)
- Are not immediate family members of employees
click here to find one in your area, and learn how to sign up.