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Recovery center celebrates successful first year

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More than 1,200 people have walked through the doors of Wilson’s Recovery Concepts Community Center since it opened nearly a year ago.

And lives have been changed because of the various programs offered to those who are working to sustain and maintain their recovery from substance use disorders.

“What the numbers say is that we are building trust among those in recovery and the recovery community at large,” said Erin Day, the Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition’s executive director. “We were needed and are still needed as we see foot traffic and drop-ins continue to pick up.”

RC3, which opened in September of last year, is one of only a handful of recovery centers in North Carolina. The center continues to be a vital resource for many. Its staff and volunteers offer educational opportunities, criminal record expungement clinics, group meetings, social events, health status testing and a host of other resources.

The center currently has eight support groups, all of which originated at RC3.

On Wednesday, an appreciation luncheon was held at Something Different where Day gave leaders and partners an update on the center. Those individuals were also recognized for making the year such a success.

Community support for RC3 has been overwhelming, Day said.

“It says that our community at large is investing in this effort by providing people and time and services to the center and to the people who utilize the center,” Day added. September is also National Recovery Month.

‘CONSCIOUS CHOICE’

The idea of RC3 began nearly four years ago. The coalition and various partners began planning and preparing the Wilson community through education and awareness. An initial $157,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson made the project possible. Other contributors have joined in to support the vision as well. The center is funded by the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson, Recovery Communities of North Carolina and Addiction Professionals of North Carolina.

Leaders here have been working at the ground level to ensure resources are available for families, friends and those seeking to build a life in recovery.

Various businesses, organizations, agencies and individuals offer their time and resources for free at the center on a daily basis.

“That’s an obvious investment, an obvious conscious choice to support this effort,” Day said.

ON THE FOREFRONT

Day said the individuals who are in or maintaining recovery are coming out of the shadows and building their lives in the mainstream community due to the support system that’s growing in Wilson.

And it shows they are valued, she said.

Day said the united effort in Wilson has also been noticed at higher levels.

“It has caught the eye of the state,” Day said about Wilson initiatives. Officials said Wilson remains on the forefront when it comes to building a recovery-informed community.

Day also said Gina Lane, RC3’s coordinator and Meredith Collins, RC3’s administrative staff member, are vital to the center’s success and truly committed and passionate about what they do each day.

“They are the face,” Day said. “They are making the difference.”

BY THE NUMBERS

• 1,283 — the number of people who have walked through the doors at RC3 since it opened in September 2017

• 54 — the number of people who have been seen at the center’s expungement clinics, which are offered for free by Wilson attorney Will Farris of Farris & Farris. He has already processed five expungements and 10 are currently pending in the process of expungement, Day said.

• 174 — the number of people who have attended RC3’s “Stretching and Scripture” classes

• 71 — the number of paint parties the center has held

• 146 — the number of people who have gone through the center’s life skills classes

• 147 — the number of people who have attended open mic night at RC3’s “Easy Does It Cafe,” where the center also partnered with the Flynn Christian Fellowship Home.

The Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson also has its mobile unit stationed at RC3 once a week where the OIC offers free hepatitis C, HIV, diabetes and syphilis testing.

NEXT CHAPTER

Day, who has been the coalition’s executive director for 10 years, also announced Wednesday she will be leaving the organization for another opportunity in the field where she will be able to grow other prevention professionals at the local level. Her last day is Sept. 28.

“I know that the next person will be just as enthusiastic about this work and will be just as supportive of RC3 efforts,” she told those at the luncheon. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

RC3 is located at 2860 Ward Blvd. Suite C. For more information about the center, call 252-991-7267.

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