By Ginger Rankin, Latah Recovery Center Treasurer
Many thanks to the Moscow Food Co-op for choosing the Latah Recovery Center as the Dime in Time recipient for May. The Recovery Center (also known as the Center) is a private, non-profit organization that serves people who are in recovery from alcohol and other drug use or mental health disorders.
It is a partnership between people in recovery, family members and friends, and local organizations that respects the dignity of every human being and is dedicated to promoting a healthy community. Those seeking recovery from addiction, depression, grief, or other mental health issues that affect their daily lives are welcome to come anytime during open hours and talk to an understanding volunteer in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
Help comes from people with training and experience in recovery themselves. They assist those new to the process with information, mentoring, and goal setting. They also provide the follow-up contacts that mean so much to those on the recovery road. If you say you are in recovery, you are.
The Center serves as "recovery central" for Latah County and shares information regarding all recovery-related area resources. Life skills groups form as the need arises. There are groups that meet to discuss suicide prevention, budgeting, art expression, resume writing, public speaking, health, yoga, smoking cessation, socialization, and more.
Funds that the Center receives from the Co-op Dime in Time program will be designated for peer training. Classes for volunteers in suicide prevention, mentoring, conflict resolution, safety, peer specialist training, and more are free or at cost and are necessary to keep our volunteers up to date with the skills they need. In the seven months since opening, the Latah Recovery Center has seen many successes and small miracles.
I'd like to share just a few statistics:
- Referrals to community resources - 260
- 12-step program participants - 1,940
- Recovery coaching sessions - 178
- Attendees of our classes and groups - 857
- People volunteer times - 680
- People volunteer total hours - 2,586
We will be tabling at the Co-op on May 6th and 20th. Look for us. Ask questions. Get involved—you can do it. Come and tour our facility at 531 S. Main Street in Moscow. Meet our volunteers and our Director, Darrell Keim, or call (208) 883-1045.
Thank you again Moscow Food Co-op – your board, staff, and your many members who care so much.