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Link for Hope Presents Check to Aroostook Recovery Center of Hope

(l to r) Aroostook Recovery Center of Hope staff members Stacie Lamoreau and Gregg Spelta receive a check from Trudy Rairdon and Mary Howland, Link for Hope Community Coalition members.

During Aroostook Recovery Center of Hope’s (ARCH) grand reopening on Saturday, October 22, 2022, Link for Hope presented ARCH with a check for $3,835. The funds have been set aside to support the needs of ARCH, including helping individuals that may need financial assistance to purchase resource materials for programs provided at the center.

“The Link for Hope Coalition is a community-based coalition whose vision and purpose is to promote the health, safety, and quality of life for all youth, families, and communities in Southern Aroostook,” said Trudy Rairdon, co-chair. “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Southern Aroostook by reducing problems related to alcohol and other drug use and teen suicide.”

After holding a public viewing of the documentary, The Anonymous People, the Link for Hope Coalition held focus groups to determine what the greater Houlton area community considered was a need to strengthen and empower people combating substance use disorder. It was a unanimous consensus that a recovery center would be extremely important for individuals. Shortly after that, Link for Hope was approached by AMHC to partner with the agency on a grant to open recovery centers in Aroostook County.

“Thanks to the tremendous support of the members of the coalition and the people in the greater Houlton area, Link for Hope raised money for ARCH,” explained Rairdon. “We are grateful for the generosity of our community members who have helped this center become a reality.”

Aroostook Recovery Center of Hope (ARCH) is located at 106 Main Street, Houlton. Located across the street from the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce/The Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum, ARCH is a place where individuals can come and receive support for their recovery journey, connecting people to resources and serving as a venue for various recovery meetings. ARCH is open to everyone, including people in recovery, people struggling with substance/alcohol/opioid use disorder(s), affected others, allies, and community members.

ARCH is open on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on some weeknights and weekends. For more information about the center, recovery groups, and more, please contact Spelta by email at gspelta@amhc.org or by phone at 207-254-2213. ARCH is a program of AMHC. For more information about agency services, please visit www.amhc.org.

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