About Us

NOWA’s Foundation was Built by Members
Members are the reason NOWA exists. From the very first Recovery Walk we held, to naming the center “No One Walks Alone”, figuring out which peer groups to offer, and finding ways to have fun in recovery…. Members lead the way. As people in recovery, we have learned that connections, empowerment, and choices are some of the keys to building the lives we want, and we use this philosophy in everything we do. 

Mission Statement
No One Walks Alone is a safe place where peers and loved ones support and empower one another. NOWA is an atmosphere of positivity and compassion. We believe in each other and honor all pathways to recovery, while embracing a new way of life in recovery. Our goal is to inspire, motivate & encourage the Blackstone Valley community by showing recovery is possible.

We Love Members & Volunteers! 
Members and volunteers are needed. Are you in Recovery? Love someone who is in Recovery? Looking to get involved with the Recovery Community? Looking to give back to our community? Come stop in our Recovery Center & get involved!

We Love Giving Back to our Community!
We strive to connect our members to the community at large. Our members, volunteers, and staff engage in a variety of community events and efforts in order to promote a positive lifestyle and offer hope and support to others.

How does a Recovery Support Center support people around recovery?
Recovery Support Centers are operated by, with, and for the members, with staff who are in recovery, as well as volunteers. Our program at NOWA is designed and decided upon by the members and staff together.

Recovery Support Centers provide a positive space and environment for those who are in recovery or seeking recovery to:
*Connect with others in recovery & the community at large
*Learn new ways to support their recovery
*Involve family & friends in their recovery
*Find outside supports & resources
*Prepare for & find employment
*Help others & give back to the community
*Plan & engage in a variety of events & educational workshops
*Break the stigma of addiction by being a power of example
*And so much more!!

Family, friends, and children are welcome at the NOWA Recovery Support Center, and we encourage allies and loved ones to get involved. We are a community of peers, loving our lives in recovery! Come join us! 

 Benefits of NOWA Membership
*Narcan & Harm Reduction trainings
*NOWA Boutique – Take or leave items
*One-on-one support
*Resume building
*Haircuts for milestone achievements
*Access to treatment
*Building skills for work
*Computer use
*Help with CORI
*Peer support groups
*Smoking cessation support
*Leadership development
*Fun Events & Laughter!!

NOWA Recovery Support Center

Code of Ethics & Conduct

4/27/2021

 

What does ethics mean?

--A moral guide to the principles we as a community live by.   

What does conduct mean? 

--Treat others, yourself, and personal property, with integrity and respect.

 

We have an atmosphere of being positive, courteous, truthful, respectful, and friendly at all times. Our actions show how the community sees “US” - the Recovery Community.

  • We resist the use of profanity.   
  • We strive to be a safe recovery-oriented environment at all times.   
  • We empower each other to be honest and respectful to one another.  
  • We refrain from engaging in gossip or the spreading of rumors.  
  • Privacy and confidentiality are expected.  
  • What you see and hear here, must stay here at NOWA.   
  • Our center is violence free and the possession and use of weapons are prohibited.  
  • We will be judgement and confrontation free here at NOWA. 

Responsibility to People in Recovery

  • We are caring, generous and compassionate – always remembering where we come from and that people can change!  
  • We respect other people’s definition of “Recovery” and people are in Recovery when they say are.  
  • We work hard to support and empower others to move forward in Recovery.  
  • We treat one another with compassion, unconditional love, kindness, and honesty, and we practice patience.   
  • We are always here to listen and offer experience, strength, and hope. 

Responsibility to the Recovery Center

  • We are responsive and receptive to the needs of our Recovery Center.   
  • We contribute to our RSC by being part of the meetings, groups, activities, and the participatory process. As we know, this is vital to our Recovery.  
  • We encourage members to volunteer.  
  • We keep the RSC clean and organized.  
  • We take responsibility of maintaining a safe recovery-oriented environment.  
  • We will follow the guidelines of a safe and positive recovery support center. 

Responsibility to the Community

  • We strive to be productive, responsible, and respectful members of our society.  
  • We are committed to supporting our community at large.  
  • We vow to be “Law Abiding Citizens” within our society.  
  • We are aware of the positive impact of our good deeds within the community, the RSC, and for ourselves.   
  • We will practice public safety and education in harm reduction, while changing the stigma associated with addiction in our community.  
  • We show the community who we are by sharing our powerful voices. 
  • We show the community why we are here by paying it forward. 

NOWA Recovery Support Center Guidelines

4/27/2021

  • Smoking is allowed out back of the center near the garage.
  • Please make sure to put cigarettes out fully before throwing them in cigarette receptacle.
  • No vaping or chewing tobacco while inside the center.
  • Please pick up after yourself.
  • Anyone who is in the bathroom more than 3 or 4 minutes will get a knock on the door to check in. If no response, expect a staff to get involved.
  • No soliciting in the front of the Recovery Support Center.
  • Respect groups while they are in session.
  • What happens at NOWA stays at NOWA.
  • All visitors, guests and members must sign in.
  • Staff park down in the Unibank parking lot.
  • Food is only allowed in the dining area on the 1st floor.
  • Thank you for not wearing sunglasses and hoods in the Recovery Center.
  • We strongly encourage all to refrain from political discussions, But please exercise your right to register and vote!!

NOWA Online Group Guidelines & Notes

Note to facilitator: Please place the name of the group in the chat box, along with these guidelines, before each meeting. Please have someone read these guidelines out loud to the group before starting the meeting.

· At NOWA, we welcome all pathways of recovery, & we are a judgment free space. Our meetings are based on the peer recovery model, and follow a variety of formats. Please be mindful of which meeting you’re attending & the format being used. We have formatted & unformatted meetings at NOWA. Meeting structure is explained at the beginning of each meeting.

· Please keep your connection muted when you are not sharing in order to improve the quality of the audio.

· Please keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts & feelings. Use “I”-statements whenever possible. Please limit your sharing in order to be mindful of the time & respectful of others’ desire to share. Please do your best not to interrupt others as they share.

· Please remember that this is a public, online forum & others will be hearing your words & reading your chat comments. Chat comments are similar to a group text. All current, prior, & future attendees receive them.

· Although anonymity is not guaranteed, we ask that all participants maintain confidentiality with what they hear. Please refrain from sharing other people’s stories or past shared experiences and thoughts in our groups, or outside this forum. Other’s people’s stories and information are their own to share if and when they feel it is appropriate.

· Positivity is contagious! Encourage people on their goals, & celebrate accomplishments. Please do not give advice or feedback unless directly asked by a group participant. We are here to support one another not “fix” each other.

· Please allow people to express emotions like tears or crying without interruption.

· Please try not to use offensive language and/or graphic descriptions or glorification of drug & alcohol use.

· Always take care of yourself! If you need to take a break from the meeting, please mute your connection, or exit & re-enter the meeting quietly so as not to disturb others sharing.

· If you are having technical difficulties, please let the group know, and someone may be able to assist you online or offline.