HRU’s Odyssey House program hosts Legislative Breakfast on Monday, May 1, 2017.

HRU’s Odyssey House program located in Holyoke, MA hosted a Legislative Breakfast event on Monday, May 1st.  The event was co-sponsored by State Representative Aaron Vega, State Senator Donald Humason, State Representative John Velis and State Representative Jose Tosado.  The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the vital services HRU clubhouse programs provide throughout our communities.  A clubhouse is a program that is accredited by Clubhouse International and is an employment and recovery center that offers people with mental health conditions hope and opportunities to achieve their full potential. Much more than simply a program or social service, a clubhouse provides its members with the opportunity to be a part of a successful working community that is restorative and builds dignity and self-esteem. During the course of participation in a clubhouse, members gain access to opportunities to connect with community, employment, education and friendships, and are enabled to take ownership

of their own recovery.  Human Resources Unlimited operates six accredited clubhouses in Springfield, Westfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Pittsfield and Southbridge, enabling hundreds of individuals to become productive members of their communities annually.

The event was attended by members of the community, program members, staff, volunteers families and friends of the organization.  Special guest speakers included

John Gullotti from Lighthouse and Terri Wight from Forum House who shared their personal success stories in working with HRU’s clubhouse programs.

To learn more about HRU programs and services or to find out about ways you can get involved, please contact Margaret Jordan, Director of Program Services, at 413-781-5359.

 

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