Saturday, 24 March 2018

Welcome to the Western Mass Recovering Learning Community



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, addiction 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, transphobia 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







General Info:

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Phone: (413) 539-5941

Toll-free: (866) 641-2853

Fax: 413-493-7810



The RLC's Holyoke Center:

199 High Street

Holyoke, MA 01040

Phone: (413) 539-5941

Toll-free: (866) 641-2853 ext. 200

Fax: 413-493-7810

Open Hours*: Mondays through Thursdays, 12pm to 4pm (Check calendar section for updates/changes to schedule.)

*  Someone who is bilingual in English and Spanish is typically available two days per week; check our calendar section for the latest information.


The front entrance is accessible with a curb cut, accessible parking spots, and is street-level. Accessible bathrooms are available. Individuals are encouraged to avoid using perfumes or products with scents before coming to RLC spaces to increase accessibility for those with chemical sensitivities. The RLC will attempt to schedule interpreters upon request for activities or supports available in this space.


From 391 Northbound:

Travel north on 391 to exit 5. Take a right off of exit 5 onto Main Street in Holyoke. Travel .9 miles on Main Street and take a left onto Dwight Street. Travel .3 miles on Dwight Street and take a right onto High Street. 199 High Street will be on your left. 

From 91 Southbound:

Travel south on 91 to exit 17. Take a left onto Route 141 (Easthampton Road). Travel 1.1 miles down Route 141 (becomes Dwight Street) and take a left onto High Street. 199 High Street will be on your left.

By Bus: Please use www.pvta.org or maps.google.com to help you plan your route by bus. Buses travel regularly to and from the Holyoke Center. The bus stop is behind the Holyoke Center on Maple Street at Veterans Park.


Metered parking is available on High Street at two hours at a time. Long-term parking is available in the parking garage that is on the corner of Dwight Street and Front Street (one block down from High Street on Dwight). Free on-street parking is also available on several side streets including John and Hampden Streets (after turning onto High Street, take a right onto John or Hampden). 



The RLC's Springfield (Bowen) Center:

235 Chestnut Street, Springfield



Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 2pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm.
Our center is located right on the first floor, with a fully accessible entrance, so we’re super easy to find.
The center has computers, gym equipment, space to connect with others, chess, and more. Check our calendar section for upcoming events!


By Bus: Please use www.pvta.org or maps.google.com to help you plan your route by bus.



The RLC's Greenfield Center:

20 Chapman Street

Greenfield, MA 01301

Phone: (413) 772-0715

Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-3:30, and Fridays 1-5.
* Some meetings, workshops and groups occur outside of regular open hours.  Be sure to check the monthly calendar for the most up-to-date information!
You can view the online calendar by clicking here.

By Bus: Please use www.pvta.org or maps.google.com to help you plan your route by bus.

ParkingMetered parking is available all along Federal Street. Free parking is available on Pleasant Street.



The RLC's Peer-Run Respite House, Afiya:

256 Jackson Street

Northampton, MA 01060

(413) 570-2990

PLEASE NOTE:  For the privacy of people staying at Afiya, we request that people NOT just drop by the house.  If you are interested in visiting and/or learning more about Afiya, please call ahead.


Afiya offers a wheelchair accessible ramp to enter the house.  Most of the first floor is accessible to people using a wheelchair or who have other issues with mobility. The first floor bathroom is fully wheelchair accessible, including the shower. The first floor bedroom is designed to be accessible to both people who are in a wheelchair and people who have chemical sensitivities. The house uses scent-free cleaning and laundry products. We encourage people working and staying at Afiya to limit use of scented products.


From 91 North:

Travel north on 91 and take exit 19. Merge onto Damon road for 1.0 mile. Damon Road becomes Bridge Road after the intersection with Route 5. Continue for .2 miles on Bridge Road and then take a left at the lights onto Jackson Street. Afiya is the second house on the right.  

From 91 South:

Travel south on 91 to exit 20 and merge onto Routes 5/10 for .4 miles. At the lights at the intersection with Damon and Bridge Road, turn right onto Bridge Road. Travel .2 miles and turn left at the lights onto Jackson Street.  Afiya is the second house on the right. 

By Bus:

Please use www.pvta.org or maps.google.com to help you plan your route by bus. There are multipe bus stops within walking distances of Afiya.


Afiya offers a driveway that is generally able to accommodate the people staying and working there.



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