Staff Highlight: Laura Stephens

“My name is Laura Stephens and I am the Program Manager for Home of New Vision in Jackson. My job entails creating, supporting and facilitating programs that connect and support the recovery community.  One thing we’re working on right now is creating a Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) initiative in Jackson. This means educating businesses and those who hire, of the importance of hiring and supporting employment for people in recovery. For example, you might be employing somebody because you need the staff, but you are actually changing a life because now they’re able to fulfill legal requirements, financial responsibilities and…

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Staff Highlight: Jonathan Allen, CADC, LLBSW

I am the Program Manager of the Home of New Vision Engagement Center. I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and have a Limited License as a Bachelor of Social Work. I am currently working on my Master of Social Work degree at Eastern Michigan University. The Engagement Center is an eight-bed facility for crisis intervention for individuals in need of a supportive environment to stabilize from substance use as an alternative to Emergency Department care. The staff at the Engagement Center work with clients to develop an individualized recovery plan and assists with connection to various community…

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Staff Highlight: Brenda Barnett, LLBSW, CADC-DP

My job title is Community Case Manager. I have a limited license in social work and have developed a CADC plan (LLBSW, CADC-DP). My job entails collaborating with co-workers and clients to achieve our organization’s goals. I see clients mainly in the Home of New Vision office for case management intakes, sessions, and reviews, however; I also go into the community to obtain resources and meet clients where they are at. I have and maintain a working knowledge of resources available in Washtenaw County. With each client, an individualized case management recovery plan is created that is strengths based and…

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Acceptance as a Spiritual Path

By Andrew Powers I’m grateful for the opportunity to reflect on the importance of acceptance in my recovery, and how it has shaped me into the man I am today, two years sober and living a life I never before thought possible. It is the philosophy of life through which I approach my days and a spiritual practice—not unlike prayer and meditation—that provides my life with direction and meaning. Acceptance is the essence of recovery, and the very embodiment of the serenity prayer by which I try to live my days. Occasionally I’ll look back on the early months of…

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Staff Highlight: Jessie Macumber

Jessie is a Peer Recovery Coach for the Women’s Specialty Program at Home of New Vision. “I had no idea this is what I wanted to do, but I got into recovery 4 years ago, and Home of New Vision was actually the transitional housing that I moved into, when I had nowhere to go. Two years went by and then I got a phone call from Sundae Maas and she told me that I had an interview at 4:00 that day. “Get here,” she said. So I said OK and I’ve been here for almost two years now. The…

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Exercise and Recovery

By Andrew Breed My name is Andrew Breed, and I’m someone who’s dealt with a Substance Use Disorder. I do a lot of things to maintain a lifestyle that facilitates not using any substances to cope with daily life. It took me a while to get here but it’s something that can definitely be done. One of the big things that I do is exercise, which is why I chose to write about this topic. I would like to share some information and the role that it plays in my life. There’s a ton of research on this subject, and…

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Recovery Homes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Brian Lucas Often called “three-quarter houses,” recovery homes (or sober living houses) can be – and often are – a critical component in the long-term success of those in recovery. Alcohol and drug-free, they can provide a safe, peer-supported transitional living environment for clients who are not ready to return to pre-treatment living situations that were toxic, unsupportive and/or enabling.  Unless they are affiliated with licensed rehab facilities, recovery homes typically are for-profit businesses, often owned and operated by those who themselves are in recovery. They are financially sustained through weekly or monthly program fees charged to the residents,…

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Video Shoot at HNV

By Christina Mersereau This week is video shooting week! Thanks to donors Ted and Debbie Green we had great lighting (they donated the equipment), and thanks to Kim Fairley for purchasing the cameras. The other equipment needed–a nice microphone and camera tripods–I had to bring myself, as HNV does not own them yet. If you wish to donate any unwanted items, we could really use a tripod and a decent microphone! The shoot went well. I got to work at 7:00am to set up all the lights, chairs, stands, cameras, computers and various other things needed, and we got going…

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Greetings! A Letter from the Editor/Blogger

By Christina Mersereau Greetings from Christina Mersereau! I was hired back in May of 2018 as a member of the ROOT team. ROOT stands for Recovery Opioid Overdose Team. For several months, I and my teammates were on call at all hours of day and night, ready to go to St. Joseph or University of Michigan hospital any time there was an overdose case where the patient was treated with Narcan. Narcan is a trade name for Naloxone, which is used to treat patients who have overdosed on opiates: heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl etc. It works by essentially “reversing” the…

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Women’s MAT House is Open

By Christina Mersereau Courtney Atsalakis and her team of passionate supporters from the Amber Reineck House Foundation furnished the house and paid the first and last month’s rent. The beds are made with donated linens, and the cupboards are stocked with food. All that needs to happen now is the clients must come, and they will.  As the only women’s MAT house in Washtenaw County, the 6 beds are sure to fill up quickly. Sadly, this is due to the opiod epidemic that continues unabated county and nationwide.  With the opening of the new house, however, there is reason to…

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