Honoring Heroes of Recovery in Boston

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Left to right: Ann Bray, President and CEO, Phoenix House, The Hon. Thomas P. Koch, The Rev. Eric M. Hillegas, The Hon. Steven A. Tolman, William J. Ostiguy, and Sheri L. Sweitzer, Chair of the Phoenix House Board in New England.

Left to right: Ann Bray, The Hon. Thomas P. Koch, The Rev. Eric M. Hillegas, The Hon. Steven A. Tolman, William J. Ostiguy, and Sheri L. Sweitzer.

A capacity crowd filled the Neighborhood Club of Quincy on Wednesday, June 29, as Phoenix House honored four outstanding community leaders for their service to the people of Greater Boston. The inaugural Public Service Award Luncheon also commemorated Phoenix House’s highly successful first year in operation in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Anticipated to become an annual event, honorees included Quincy Mayor, The Honorable Thomas P. Koch; 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 Inter-Church Council.

All four honorees have shown outstanding commitment to the people of Greater Boston, particularly at a time when the opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll on communities throughout the state. Mayor Koch has demonstrated exceptional support of Phoenix House’s efforts to combat the epidemic in Quincy. Senator Tolman was one of the first state leaders to sound the alarm about the epidemic while holding office, providing a wake-up call to all Massachusetts residents and leaders. 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 spiritual support weekly to individuals receiving treatment at Phoenix House.

During the Luncheon, an appreciative audience listened to moving remarks by Master of Ceremonies Dan Jaehnig, News Anchor, NBC 10, Providence, a Quincy resident and native son; Ann Bray, President and CEO, Phoenix House; and Sheri Sweitzer, Chair of the Phoenix House Board in New England.

Sponsors of the Luncheon included a number of the area’s leading corporations, businesses, and organizations, including Martin Realty, The City of Quincy, Alkermes, Inc., The Gavin Foundation, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital of Milton, Modern Assistance Programs, and South Shore Hospital. Also key to the success of the event was the involvement of the region’s Community Advisory Board, whose members serve as a liaison between Phoenix House and the local community.

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 teens 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 888 671 9392. Someone is standing by to help!

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