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River Edge Behavioral Health has begun offering to Brookdale Warming Center (3600 Brookdale Avenue) residents free, non-clinical, peer-led activities and support for people with substance use disorder and their families through its Macon Recovers Addiction Recovery Support Center. The services are provided to residents each week on Friday between 10:00am and 11:30am. The services are also provided to the general public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 595 Wimbish Road, Macon, GA 31210.

"This is to help people and families make changes in their lives to establish, maintain, and enhance recovery from substance use disorder," says Marissa Cooling, Recovery Support Supervisor. "We understand that about 45% of people experiencing homelessness could have substance use disorder or severe and persistent mental illness.  We want to provide them the support they need to recover and let them know they are not alone in our community."

"We knew we wouldn't be able to identify all of our residents' individual needs when we first opened, but we did know what could be possible," says Brookdale Warming Center Director Steve Bell. "Our partners who work with people in need every day have a wide spectrum of services available, and I'm so grateful they're willing to bring those services here…to be where they are needed.

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The Center provides certified Recovery Coaches, "All Recovery" and other support meetings that honor all pathways to recovery. Macon Recovers also offers healthy recreation opportunities, a job search lab, and connects people with basic resources (clothing, food, hygiene, housing, etc.).  The Recovery Coaches also help peers find detox or long-term treatment, when needed.

"Everyone has a chance and a right to recover, and everyone deserves someone in their corner who understands the challenges and consequences of substance use disorder," adds Marissa Cooling. "We know there's no such thing as too much support."

"This is a chance for our residents, if they feel they need the services, have a chance to access them for free in our Center and begin the road to recovery," adds Bell.

If you would like to help support the residents at the Brookdale Warming Center, consider volunteering your time or making a donation to the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response & Recover Fund. To volunteer, sign up by clicking here or come by the Center; you'll be helping check in residents, sort donations, and hand out meals. All COVID-19 precautionary measures are being followed, including mask wearing, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, social distancing, and more.stats

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