Michael's House Residents Speak to Ludlow High School Students

posted Apr 10, 2018, 4:58 AM by Anne Marie Corrieri   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 5:01 AM ]

Recently, two current residents of Michael’s House, and Ludlow High School graduates, travelled back to their high school to share their life experiences with freshman health classes. The residents were open and honest about their struggles in high school and the subsequent struggles they faced in adulthood.

During their conversations current LHS students opened up and shared some of the struggles they face daily. One resident shared that it was an honor to be able to return to his high school and tell his story, sharing, “It was a very powerful moment in my life, that I will never forget.”

Director of Michaels House, Courtney Rex,  believes, as part of the recovery process, it is important that all residents give back to their community, stating, “ I am very proud of each of them for facing their fears and walking back into your old high school to share their story.”

Rex continued, “I wish more schools would reach out to us for visits. I believe that if we can help students before they start using drugs or alcohol,  we will leave a lasting imprint forever.”

Meet and Greet at Springfield District Court

posted Apr 10, 2018, 4:56 AM by Anne Marie Corrieri

Recently Courtney Rex, Michael's House Director, attended a meet and greet with probation officers at Springfield District Court to discuss the MJD Foundation and services offered at Michael's House, for men seeking sober living.

MJD Foundation Members Participate in the 43rd Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Road Race

posted Mar 18, 2018, 5:16 AM by Anne Marie Corrieri

Members of the MJD Foundation were joined by runners from Pope Francis High School at yesterday's 43rd Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Road Race.

Michael's House Earns MASH & NARR Certifications

posted Mar 11, 2018, 2:35 PM by Anne Marie Corrieri

The Michael J. Dias Foundation is proud to share that Michael's House,  our intensive, spiritually based program that uses the 12 steps of recovery as the basis of the program, is both MASH and NARR certified.

According to their website MASH (Massachusetts Alliance of Sober Housing)exists to ensure and promote critical management, operational, and ethical standards of Sober Homes, as well as to promote technical assistance to new and existing homes. Our goal is to help create and foster a safe living environment for those with substance use disorders through an Alliance of Certified Sober Housing with empirically based recovery principles and practical standard.”

NARR (National Alliance of Recovery Residences) states on their website their mission is "to support persons in recovery from addiction by improving their access to quality recovery residences through standards, support services, placement, education, research and advocacy. We envision all persons in recovery from addiction having access to the recovery support they need to live happier, healthier lives. NARR values hope, compassion, respect, honesty, responsibility, and fairness."

Courtney Rex, Michael's House Program Director, explained the house first received certification from both agencies in 2015; and have been subsequently renewed for the last three years.

"We are not required to pursue these certifications, but the board believes it is important for our organization to be held accountable, and reflect specific standards in the field of recovery,” shared Rex.  “Recertification is required yearly. To attain recertification a foundation representative must attend a two day training, followed by a house inspection, completed by the each of the agencies."

Special Guest Shares Powerful Story at Michael's House

posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:10 AM by Anne Marie Corrieri

Guests at Michael's House had a special guest join them at yesterday's house meeting. Patti Ahern arrived with pizza and wings, spent time getting to know the men and shared her story of how she lost two of her children to heroin overdoses.
Thank you Patti for your kindness, compassion and for your strength to share your powerful story.

Christmas Celebrated at Michael's House

posted Dec 25, 2017, 5:01 AM by Anne Marie Corrieri

Tis the season for the annual Christmas gathering at Michael's House.  Current members of Michael's House hung ornaments on the Christmas tree in honor of those we have lost.  At the end of the celebration each each member also received a hoodie and gloves as a Christmas gift from the Michael J. Dias Foundation.

Journey to Recovery Video

posted Nov 10, 2017, 6:11 AM by Anne Marie Corrieri   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 6:13 AM ]

This video highlights the journey for some of the men who have been guests at Michael's House - a 12-step sober living community run by the Michael J. Dias Foundation.  It is unscripted, real and very powerful- showing the highs and lows for those on the road to recovery .

Michael's House Guests Support Rays of Hope

posted Oct 24, 2017, 1:09 PM by Anne Marie Corrieri

On Sunday, October 22nd, the guests at Michael's House participated in the Rays of Hope Walk- raising $100 dollars, with the MJD Foundation matching the donation - for a total of $200 donated.

6th Annual MJD Foundation Fundraiser - October 21st

posted Oct 11, 2017, 1:45 PM by Anne Marie Corrieri   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 1:46 PM ]

“What Parents Need to Know” Educational Forum- September 30th

posted Sep 11, 2017, 5:09 PM by Anne Marie Corrieri   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 5:12 PM ]

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