Thursday, 09 July 2020

The Western Mass RLC's Pittsfield Center is Closing

By now, many of you will have heard that we are closing one of the Western Mass RLC’s spaces—the Pittsfield Center. This was a difficult decision and was based largely on some unexpected turns in our budget related to Chapter 257 (a state-wide process of ‘rate setting’ that began to affect us about a year ago).

The last day of official open hours for our Pittsfield Center will be Thursday, November 3rd.

Please consider taking some time between now and then to stop in and help us say goodbye to the space, and to connect with and thank everyone else who’s played a role in holding and helping to shape our community based in Pittsfield.

On that note, a special thanks to both Cate and Alan who have played such key roles in developing the RLC in our most Western parts of Western Massachusetts. They’ve given so much heart and energy to what we have accomplished. Although they will be leaving their formal roles as Coordinator and Advocate as we close the center, we do anticipate you’ll still be able to find them around town facilitating groups, in community, and helping us learn and think through how we might move forward.

If you have any questions, or would like to get involved in the new visioning process, please contact Dani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keep checking our website and Facebook page for the
most current information on the Pittsfield schedule.

Click "Read more" below to learn more about what went into making this decision.

The bad news: The Western Mass RLC—as with so many peer-to-peer support communities– does a lot with very little, and so when we lose what may appear to be a relatively small pocket of money, it can be very challenging to overcome. Although we’ve been able to fundraise and advocate our way through past budgetary concerns, that just didn’t seem possible in this moment. Additionally, we were faced with the reality that it’s been challenging overall to support and maintain a strong presence in the Berkshires, and so when faced with tough decisions we thought it seemed like there was no other choice but to at least take a break from having a physical space in that area.

The good news: We aren’t planning on disappearing entirely! We aim to keep at least a handful of groups (Alternatives to Suicide, Hearing Voices, yoga) and connections rolling, so stay tuned for details on that. Meanwhile, as the rate setting process in the state moves along, it appears that we will be in a better spot budget-wise come next year (July 1, 2017). With that, we want to be really thoughtful about how and when we rebuild our presence in the Berkshires, and so are also planning on developing a Berkshire-based advisory board of people who would like to help us develop that vision, so that when we do rebuild, we’re stronger than ever!



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