MJD Board Member, Maureen Rooney, Receives 2018 Massachusetts Unsung Heroines Award

posted Jul 20, 2018, 6:16 PM by Anne Marie Corrieri   [ updated Jul 20, 2018, 6:17 PM ]

Michael J. Dias Foundation Board of Director Member, Maureen Rooney, was recently celebrated at the Statehouse in Boston as one of the 2018 Massachusetts Unsung Heroines  She was nominated by Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser for her work with the Michael J. Dias Foundation to treat substance abuse and help families struggling with addiction in the Greater Springfield area.

 

According to their website, each year the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women partners with state legislators to identify women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities, and towns.

Grace Dias, President of the MJD Foundation, shared, “Maureen has been an integral part of this Foundation since 2013. We are very grateful for her dedication. Senator Lesser definitely picked the right unsung heroine.”

 

Dias said in addition to Rooney being an active Board Member she also supports the Foundation  in a variety of roles including:

  • Organizes and facilitates the weekly MJD Support Group

  • Purchases and delivers supplies for Michael’s House

  • Takes the minutes for Board of Director meetings

  • Heads the Scholarship Committee for Michaels House

  • Minutes/Votes & Policy coordinator

 

Rooney was both surprised and honored to have received the award, commenting, “Many people throughout the state, and here in Western Mass, are working tirelessly to help fight the opioid crisis. This epidemic is killing to many people who are battling the disease of addiction. The Michael J. Dias Foundation, every day, continues to do their part in helping those affected by a substance use disorder and to provide comfort and education to family members. Together we can make a difference in people’s lives.”

Senator Eric Lesser & Maureen Rooney
Senator Eric Lesser & Maureen Rooney

 


5th Annual MJD Foundation Golf Tournament

posted Jun 30, 2018, 9:27 AM by Anne Marie Corrieri   [ updated Jun 30, 2018, 12:59 PM ]

The 5th Annual MJD Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 25th with over 200 people in attendance- including 148 golfers
swinging their clubs! The MJD Board of Directors and volunteers want to thank everyone who helped us raise approximately $30,000. Your continued 
support of our organization is very much appreciated- see list of sponsors below.  Sending a special thank you to Hampden County District Attorney, 
Anthony Gulluni, who addressed our guests at the dinner.

Together we are making a difference.

EVENT SPONSOR
LUSO Federal Credit Union- Thank you for generously providing all the food for our 5th Annual Golf Tournament. Once again, Luso exceeded our expectations, making a very positive impact on the event and the MJD Foundation.
PLATINUM SPONSOR
Pioneer Valley Financial Group -Thank you for your continued support. We greatly appreciate your time, effort and presence at our 5th Annual Golf Outing. The Pioneer Valley Putt Off was a new addition to our tournament, and a huge success.
GOLD SPONSORS
G & H Landscaping

Columbia Gas

Baltazar Contractors, Baystate Blasting, Inc., Hosetech Plus More Inc.

Ideal Real Estate & Insurance

Westfield Bank

SILVER SPONSORS

Ludlow Construction

Metro Jeep

Icon West Corporation

Trinity Church

Grace Group Realty

Nutmeg Container  

Global Compass

Alves Fuels

Dunkin Donuts

Mercedes Benz of Springfield

Carpenter Construction

BRONZE SPONSORS

Attorney Ron LaRocque   

Attorney John DaCruz   

Phil Beaulieu Home Improvement   

Gomes Insurance Agency   

Heather Goncalves    

Ludlow Fire Department   

Engineering & Land Solutions   

Curry Honda   

CVS  

Barrco Automotive Warehouse   

K&K Thermoforming   

TD Bank  

Hampden Zimmerman Electrical   

Jerry Rome   

Villa Rose Restaurant  

Europa Restaurant   

Come E Cala-Te Restaurant   

Country Bank  

Berkshire Auto  

Best Transmission  

Noonan Energy  

Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home  

Omar Coffee Roasters  

Matthew Grywalski

UTZ Quality Foods (donation of chips)


Michael's House Garden Planted

posted Jun 8, 2018, 5:30 PM by Anne Marie Corrieri

The new program director at Michael's House, Michael Brassard, and his family -Jennifer and Joey - got their hands dirty to plant the vegetable garden at Michael's House.

Date Set for MJD Foundation Golf Tournament

posted Jun 8, 2018, 5:15 PM by Anne Marie Corrieri   [ updated Jun 30, 2018, 12:42 PM ]


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.

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