The Brien Center Summer 2017 Newsletter
We couldn’t do the work that we do without the support and collaboration with our community. The partnerships we foster with hospitals, police force, local law makers, schools and other community agencies, are the most important resources we have as we look to provide a robust continuum of care for those we serve.
Earlier this year, eighth grade students from Berkshire Country Day School, Max and Gabe, reached out to the Brien Center to learn more about the opioid epidemic for a school project they were working on. Their “IWitness Project” for the Shoah Foundation required them to choose a community issue and learn what their community is doing to address that issue. After meeting with Lee Walker, Program Director for Adult and Family Addiction Treatment Services, the students were inspired to organize an art drive for the Brien Center.
Of their experience, Max said, “Overall we took away that art therapy was a way for patients to learn how to live again, and that art is therapeutic for recovering addicts. So we conducted an art drive from family, friends, school and Walmart, where we collected 170 coloring pencils and 18 coloring books.”
The students’ efforts also raised $100 for addiction services here at the Brien Center. These young leaders show us all that age is no obstacle for contributing to our community. We commend them for their work and thank them deeply for their support!
Chris M. Christine Macbeth ACSW, LICSW