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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Jonathan Allen

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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Brenda Barnett, LLBSW, CADC-DP

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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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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Women’s Specialty Helps Mothers in Need

By Christina Mersereau In 2019, Home of New Vision opened its doors to over 2000 individuals, most of whom are from the underserved–the underinsured or not insured–segment of our community. By and large, our clients have jobs, children and often other members of their extended families to support. Many rely on public transportation or walking to get from place to place. Our Women’s Specialty Program is an example of what we do in the community. The program is for women who are either pregnant, want to become pregnant, and/or have young children. These individuals also have substance use disorder, and…

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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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