Sunday, 19 January 2020

Welcome to the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community

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The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) supports healing and empowerment for our broader communities and people who have been impacted by psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, extreme states, homelessness, problems with substances, and other life-interrupting challenges through:

  • Peer-to-peer support & genuine human relationships
  • Alternative Healing Practices
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Advocacy

Essential to our work is recognizing and undoing systemic injustices such as racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, transmisogyny, and psychiatric oppression.


The 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, three resource centers (Springfield, Greenfield, and Holyoke) 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 Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is a peer-run project providing supports to individuals with lived experience.  One of the founding concepts behind the RLC is that human relationships with people are healing, particularly when those people have similar experiences.  And so, above all else, the RLC strives to create forums through which human relationships, community and a regional network of supports can develop.  On a day-to-day basis, that effort may take the form of a community meeting, a support group, a computer workshop and/or simply offering a safe space where people can communicate with others or simply be.  The RLC also acts a clearing house for information about other resources in the community.   

 The Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community is funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the United Way of Franklin County, and a variety of private foundations and donations.liveunited logo



Holyoke Center Closed for a Few Months

The RLC’s Holyoke Center will be closed for August and September,
with hopes to re-open by October.
However, the closing is for a good reason!
We are excited to report that we will be moving to a storefront space just a few doors down from our current location. This space will help us overcome our recent issues with elevators and locked front doors that have made the space hard to access. In fact, we have big hopes for how being easy to find and access may help re-energize our community in the Holyoke area!
While closed, we will still offer a few groups and opportunities to help with moving.
Check the Holyoke area calendar (CLICK HERE) for details.
We also hope that people will take this opportunity to check out our other centers, especially the Bowen Center at 235 Chestnut Street in Springfield. Bowen also recently moved and re-opened, and is doing great. Their open hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am to 2pm, and Saturday from 11am to 3pm, with other groups and opportunities at various times throughout the week. See the Springfield area calendar (CLICK HERE) for more.
In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date with the moving process, and as soon as we know an official opening date, we’ll get it posted!



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