Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Community Resource Studio

Located in E101 • (413) 775-1819

Are you on the journey of recovery, thinking about recovery, or are in any way affected by addiction or trauma? The studio provides a safe haven for students to be vulnerable with peers and gain wisdom from those who may be experiencing similar journeys.
  • GCC is just one of the many resources this community has to offer. We understand that a network of support is necessary for an individual to achieve goals and create sustainable changes in life.

    Organizations from Western Massachusetts share space in the studio during fall and summer semesters to provide additional support to GCC students. When the space is not in use by one of these organizations, students can feel free to use it for quiet study and reflection. The studio features a Netflix-enabled television, printer and laptop for student use, and helpful reading material and information.

    Resource Studio services are available to current students at no cost.

    • When space is not in use by one of our partner organizations, students can:
    • Study or reflect on the couches
    • Relax and watch Netflix on the smart TV
    • Use the printer or laptop
    • Pick up helpful reading material and community resource brochures
    Student use of services and any information a student shares in meetings will be treated with strict confidentiality.
  • All Recovery
    All Recovery meetings are based on the idea that there are tremendous benefits to bringing people together from multiple paths of recovery. These meetings honor all pathways to recovery and celebrate each person’s unique personal strengths. Organizers believe that everyone is recovering from something—childhood abuse, depression, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol abuse for examples—and that lasting recovery happens in relationship. Meetings are an opportunity to social support focusing on hope, healing and maintaining a recovery lifestyle. Come, socialize, and share!

    Recover Project
    The RECOVER Project is a peer-to-peer support program for adults in all stages of recovery. The RP provides trauma-informed support based on the principle that people can and do recover from alcohol and drug addiction, and that competence and wisdom reside in those with lived experience. Greenfield’s Recover Project is a nationally recognized model for providing opportunities to give and receive support through educational, volunteer, social, and skill building activities, building leadership, developing strength, and overcoming isolation. Participate, Grow, RECOVER!

    CHD Recovery Coaching
    Recovery is not a destination, it is a journey. A recovery coach is a personal guide who can help you remove obstacles and barriers that may be in between you and your personal recovery from alcoholism and/or addiction. The Center for Human Development’s trained and certified recovery coaches use his or her lived experience to help you navigate different community resources. From attending events, or simply talking about recovery, a coach will be there to help in any way possible.

  • There are many self-help resources available at the Wellness Center website. In addition, we recommend:

    facingaddiction.org
    The Addiction Resource Hub is an online recovery resource database which provides a Google Maps-like interface for finding specific resources related to alcohol, substance, or mental health support and recovery services.

    recoverproject.org
    Extensive guide to local and regional addiction and social services supports.

    mass211help.org
    Referral to basic needs and social service agencies.

    hampshirehope.org
    Regional organization providing information on overdose prevention, recovery services, local resources, and tips for loved ones.

  • Greetings!  On behalf of GCC I want to welcome you into our community. I also wanted to make you aware that if you are a student in recovery who has some anxiety about starting your journey in higher education, you are not alone! We have many students at GCC at all phases in their recovery. We have faculty and staff who are knowledgeable about substance abuse disorders that you can talk to when you need someone to confide in.

    On this page you will find a lot of information regarding resources on campus for students in recovery.  I wanted to make you aware of some resources that exist for you at the college. While we cannot begin to offer the resources you will find at agencies in the community, we do offer support for our students in recovery that I hope you will find helpful to you in your journey.  We have three recovery meetings on campus during the week, recovery coaching available and the Recover Project offers open hours in our Community Resource Studio.

    Additionally, GCC has a partnership with the Opioid Task Force.  Though this partnership we offer the Growth and Recovery Though Learning Initiative.  This involves enrollment in a not for credit, ten week seminar called “College Success for Students in Recovery.”  The course is free and successful completion results in the awarding of up to $1000 in scholarship money to be put toward your education at GCC.

    Changing Lives Through Literature is a private reading group for judges, probationers and probation officers.  This is an alternative sentencing program based on the power of literature to transform lives through reading and group discussion.  If you are on probation, participation may reduce the time you spend on it.  More information can be obtained by calling Leo Hwang at 775-1221.

    If you have any questions or would simply like to talk, please do not hesitate to contact me at x1819 or raperj@gcc.mass.edu.  I serve as one of the primary supports for students in recovery and have lived experience that fuels my passion to help others.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions or offer support to you on your journey in recovery!

    Sincerely,
    Judy Raper, Associate Dean of Student Development

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” — Brene Brown