Honoring Greater Boston’s Outstanding Community Leaders

Monday, June 20th, 2016
The Honorable Steven A. Tolman

The Honorable Steven A. Tolman

Phoenix House New England will present Greater Boston’s inaugural Public Service Award Luncheon on Wednesday, June 29, commemorating Phoenix House’s highly successful first year in operation in Quincy, and honoring four outstanding community leaders whose achievements and service to society are inspirational. Awardees include The Honorable Thomas P. Koch, Mayor, City of Quincy; The Honorable Steven A. Tolman, President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO and former Massachusetts Senator; William J. Ostiguy, Chairman, The Gavin Foundation; and The Reverend Eric M. Hillegas, Rector, St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church and President, Quincy’s Inter-Church Council.

The Honorable Thomas P. Koch

The Honorable Thomas P. Koch

In the words of Sheri L. Sweitzer, Chair of Phoenix House New England Board of Directors, “It’s been an extraordinary year. Since opening our doors in February 2015, we’ve set more than 4,540 people on the road to recovery. And the quality of our services has been recognized both statewide and nationally: recently the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services reported that Phoenix House in Quincy had the state’s best record for placing clients in continuing care. What’s more, in March of this year we underwent a rigorous review by CARF, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, a national standard of excellence, and were granted a three-year accreditation, the highest available! We thank all our honorees for their support in helping us reach this important milestone.”

William J. Ostiguy

William J. Ostiguy

All four honorees have shown outstanding commitment to the people of the Commonwealth, particularly at a time when the opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll on our communities. Mayor Koch has provided exceptional support of Phoenix House’s efforts to combat the epidemic through our services in Quincy. Senator Tolman was one of the first state leaders to sound the alarm about the epidemic, providing a wake-up call to all Massachusetts residents and leaders a number of years ago. Mr. Ostiguy’s commitment to individuals in Greater Boston struggling with substance use disorders is witnessed by his strong support of the Gavin Foundation’s partnership with Phoenix House. Father Hillegas and the Inter-Church Council have provided invaluable service to individuals receiving treatment for substance use disorders at Phoenix House.

Father Eric Hillegas

Father Eric Hillegas

The luncheon will be held at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy. Dan Jaehnig, News Anchor, NBC 10, a Quincy native, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Tickets are $100 per person and proceeds support Phoenix House’s work in saving lives from the opioid addiction epidemic ravaging Massachusetts. For information about sponsorship opportunities or to make reservations for the event, call 401 331 4250, Ext. 93210.

In Greater Boston, Phoenix House provides medically monitored detoxification at Phoenix House Intensive Treatment Services in Quincy. This state-of-the-art healthcare facility provides Acute Treatment Services for individuals in the early stages of withdrawal from alcohol or drugs, and Clinical Support Services to aid in the next steps to recovery. Residential treatment for women with young children is offered at Phoenix House Residential Services for Women in Dorchester. In Western Massachusetts, adult men and women receive inpatient care at Phoenix House Residential Services in Springfield, while Phoenix House Outpatient Services, also in Springfield, helps both adolescents and adults whose substance use does not warrant residential care. Adults just beginning their journeys to recovery find residential help and support at Phoenix House Transitional Support Services in Holyoke.

If someone you care for is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392.

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