Saturday, 25 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



Career Explorations

Career Explorations offers opportunities for young people between the ages of 16 and their mid-twenties to explore career possibilities that link personal aspirations to real world job experiences.
In the summer of 2014, Career Explorations focused on connecting young people with real world experience in building websites. The RLC's Greenfield space was home to the Tech Scouts program and mentored by Bram Moreinis. Tech scouts brings teens and young adults together for IT service learning. The Scouts came together as high functioning teams and finished all three major projects they took on successfully: providing website design, development and support for The Recover Project, Girls Club of Greenfield and FH Youth to Work.


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Career Explorations will create opportunities for you to:

  • Work independently and as a team
  • Learn new skills to reach goals
  • Gain hands-on experience
  • Practice interviewing techniques
  • Establish references
  • Create a resume
  • Network
For more information, contact:
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Check out this short film about Tech Scouts!


And here are before and after shots of a Tech Scout project:


 TECH SCOUTS Girls Club of Greenfield BEFORE shot
TECH SCOUTS Girls Club of Greenfield AFTER shot





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