Laura Stephens, Program Manager in Jackson

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: 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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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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Barb Jensen Lives for the Birds (and the horses and dogs and…)

By Christina Mersereau “For as long as I can remember I have loved horses, and wanted to have one when I was a child.”  Barb Jensen’s love of horses drew her to a fascination with other creatures, which led to a deep connection with and concern for the environment. After her elementary school teaching career ended, Barb’s lifelong passion resulted in a job at Kensington Metropark in Milford, at the Farm Center, followed by another job at Kensington’s Nature Center. When the Osprey Reintroduction Program of Southern Michigan came to the park in 1998, Barb became the Site Coordinator, a…

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Meet Debbie and Ted Green

Meet long-time Ann Arbor residents and major funders Debbie and Ted Green. By Christina Mersereau Debbie and Ted Green met in a German class while studying at the University of Michigan, she eventually earning an MA in German and he a BA in German and a BS and MS in Computer Science. Forty-two years later, their marriage going strong, Debbie still refers to Ted as her “go to” guy, the guy that can do anything, who knows something about everything.  We spent an hour chatting over lunch: authentic Mexican tamales and tacos on a blustery January day. The Greens’ warmth…

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Recovery Opioid Overdose Team (ROOT)

Tamera Lewis’s experience as a person in long-term recovery makes her particularly effective in ROOT, a program of Home of New Vision.  By Christina Mersereau ROOT stands for “recovery opioid overdose team.” The program, still relatively new, relies on community involvement and support from CMH (Community Mental Health), the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department, and Home of New Vision (HNV). Tamera Lewis is HNV’s sole team member at present, and she loves her job.  “This job has brought me back to life inside. I didn’t know what my role was supposed to be, where I fit in. Now, with ROOT, I…

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