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 RLC's Youcaring page just went live!
Although our main 'Community Gives' week fundraising push won't begin until Monday, November 16, people who are going to be away during that week (or who just want to be the first to show support!) can begin giving NOW!
Check it out at: www.youcaring.com/SavetheRLCsGreenfieldCenter
This page is dedicated to our fundraising efforts to save the RLC's Greenfield Center!
Our goal is to raise $20,000!!!
Holiday Potluck: Friday, December 18th, 4 to 6pm, @ the RLC’s Greenfield Center, 74 Federal Street:
Join the community for connection and nourishment at the darkest time of the year. The RLC Greenfield Center team will be bringing a roast turkey, roasted root vegetables, and other delicious foods. Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. You may also bring a song, piece of art, or poem to share. Or, just bring yourself! All are welcome.
Holiday Dessert Potluck: Thursday, December 24th, 1 to 4pm, @ the RLC’s Holyoke Center, 187 High Street, Suite 303:
Fruits, sweets, nuts, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and good cheer will be shared today in a relaxed atmosphere with our community. Come by and say hello. Bring a dessert item to share if you are able. (The Bowen Center in Springfield will be closed on this date so that everyone can join in on the festivities in Holyoke!)
New Years Eve Movie and Light Refreshments: Thursday December 31st , 3 to 6pm, @ the RLC’s Pittsfield Center, 152 North Street, Suite 230:
Spend time with other community members to celebrate the years end. Call the center at 413.236.5888 for more details!
First Night Celebration: Thursday, December 31st @ First Night, Northampton: See page 3 of our full newsletter for details!
PLEASE NOTE: Our December holiday gatherings are not meant to support any one holiday tradition over another. All are welcome, and encouraged to share your traditions with others in the community!
Community Gives Week begins TODAY, Monday, November 16th and runs through Sunday, November 22nd.
Any donations that come in today to our Yourcaring.com fundraising page will be in the running for a $100 Darden gift card good for use at Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and more!* (Stay tuned each day of Community Gives Week to learn the prize for that day!)
The mission of Community Gives Week is to save the RLC's Greenfield Center which is slated to lose its funding as of the end of the calendar year. (Any amounts raised over and above what is needed to keep the center running will go toward expansion of supports which may include additional open hours, bridging and connection building with individuals at the local partial and inpatient hospital units, and so on.)
If you haven't already seen it, be sure to take a look at our short video about Greenfield and all that we're trying to save:
And don't forget to join us at today's kick off open house and concert event! (See more details here!)
*Please note: Donations of any amount are welcome and will be included in the running for the above stated prize. There is only one $100 gift card available, and so there will be only one winner drawn from all donations given for the stated period of time. The winner will be selected by random draw on the following day and notified by e-mail. Additionally, anyone who donated between November 1 and November 15 will also be counted as in the running for Day 1's prize. Donations made in person, by mail or by any method other than the Youcaring page are very much welcome and appreciated, but will not be considered for the prize drawing. Donations can be made by mail to Western Mass RLC, 187 High Street, Suite 202, Holyoke, MA, 01040. Please be sure to note 'for the Greenfield Center' on the memo line and make all checks payable to our umbrella, the Western Mass Training Consortium.)
- in person (at any of our centers)
- by mail (to 187 High Street, Suite 202, Holyoke, MA 01040)
- through our new fundraising page at www.yourcaring.com/SavetheRLCsGreenfieldCenter
Please note that our centers will be closed and most groups and activities cancelled on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday November 24 due to an All-Team 2-day training.
Please see our calendar (click here) to check on specific groups and activities to see if they will be running or not!