Recovery events taking place in Bellows Falls

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BELLOWS FALLS — Greater Falls Connections and Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield will be co-hosting a series of events to celebrate National Recovery Month during the month of September. The events support people in recovery and draw attention to critical prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. Recovery Month celebrates the benefits of recovery from both mental and substance use disorders.

The local events that will support the national effort include:

- Raising Kids & Recovery Kick-Off: Check out the new peer-based, trauma-informed program that supports people raising kids while in recovery. This is a new dynamic two-generation model designed to break the cycle of addiction. Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. starting Thursday at Parks Place, 44 School St., Bellows Falls.

- Families in Recovery (Italian Feast): Families affected by substance use disorders are invited to join us for an evening of family fun and games on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parks Place.

- Songs & Stories of Hope: Drop by the Flat Iron Cafe on Friday, Sept. 20 to listen to performers Jenny Burtis, Julie Cermola, Neil Blanchette, and Charles Collins (AKA "Bruno's Human") from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The performances will be followed by a candlelight vigil. Flat Iron Cafe is located at 51 Square, Bellows Falls.

- Free Car Wash Meet & Greet: Come by O'Reilly Auto Parts to meet local recovery coaches who are making a huge difference in our community (donations are welcome.) Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.at the O'Reilly Parking Lot, 102 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

Recovery Month is a national observance sponsored by SAMHSA, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

All of the National Recovery Month events in the area are free and open to the public. Come and hear about how recovery is transforming lives.

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