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Pathways to Recovery opens new facility

Assemblymember Didi Barrett holds the citation she presented to volunteers at the new CCPR facility in Chatham. Pictured (l) is director and helpline coordinator Desiree Graziano, at (r) is Acting President Lori Antonson. Photo by David Lee
Volunteers and community members in the new central community room. Photo by David Lee

CHATHAM—Columbia County Pathways to Recovery (CCPR) celebrated its new facility at 1 Taconic Place with an open house, Saturday, January 28.

Among local officials on the scene were Chatham Town Supervisor Donal Collins, Chatham Mayor John Howe and acting Police Chief Joe Alessi.
New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106th) presented a citation proclaiming, “The work you do to support those in recovery and their families and your efforts to build awareness and understanding about addiction and mental health reach deep into our community.”
State funds were made available with the advocacy of Assemblymember Barrett. New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey (D-46th) was also in attendance and spoke to volunteers and board members.
CCPR was founded in 2016 and was originally located on Milo Street in Hudson. The lease was not renewed and a new space was needed. The new facility fulfills a need in the county for a central location for 12-step meetings, consultation rooms and a comfortable community room. A welcome addition to the center is a well-appointed children’s room where kids can hang out while parents are in meetings.
A men’s AA group meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. and a women’s group meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Walk-in hours are Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.
There’s a mid-morning coffee hour Thursdays at 10:30.
The volunteers are at the real center of the CCPR providing detox/rehab placement referral services and support, compassion, assistance and even transportation to a recovery meeting or event. Volunteers are needed.
Funding for the facility came through private donations and a rent subsidy from the Columbia County Health and Human Services. The recovery help-line is available 7 days-a-week from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. The number is 877-HOPE-365 (877-467-3365). Donations may be made via the website or by mail at P.O. Box 486, Ghent 12075.

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