Vermont Business Magazine On October 1, the North Central Vermont Recovery Center (NCVRC) launched the Moms in Recovery Support Program and appointed Johnson resident Crystal Bolio as the program’s coordinator.
The Moms in Recovery Support Program is a groundbreaking suite of services tailored to the specific needs of pregnant and parenting mothers in need of support through their journey in recovery from Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) as well as their families. This includes offering weekly peer-support meetings, one-on-one recovery coaching, workshops, help with navigation of community resources, childcare, transportation assistance and more.
The program will be located primarily at Jenna’s House in Johnson, which is under construction as the home of a new community center and recovery center satellite facility in partnership with Jenna’s Promise. With custom space in the recovery center designed and built to support women, children and families and the broad range of services the recovery center offers, the recovery center at Jenna’s House will offer program participants many additional benefits including access to NCVRC’s health & wellness programs with classes and workshops such as yoga, reiki, and self-defense as well as a brand new fitness center. A playground will also be built outside on the 2.9 acres where Jenna’s House is situated.
Crystal Bolio, program coordinator
As the program coordinator, Crystal Bolio and veteran staff member and Women’s Programs Manager Megan Goulet will oversee the design and implementation of the Moms In Recovery Support Program. They will be building on the example set by other recovery centers around the state where the program was successfully piloted, including the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, the Turning Point Center or Windham County. The program is funded through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs through the State Opioid Response grant from SAMHSA.
Bolio brings a wealth of experience to the position including twenty years of working within the human services field. Bolio has a degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on human services, is a certified LNA/HHA, has worked as a Case Aide for the Vermont Department of Children & Families as well as at Capstone Community Action’s Head Start Program. She is also a Vermont Certified Recovery Coach through the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery. Bolio also brings to the table her own experience being a mother in recovery. Now sober for more than fifteen years, she has the lived experience, compassion, and knowledge to help others along their unique recovery journeys.
Bolio’s vision for the Moms in Recovery Support Program is to offer mothers the hope, help, and support that they need to succeed in recovery and to help their families flourish by providing ways to connect mothers with an individualized support system, creating opportunities that bridge the gaps between other organizations, fostering positive relationships, and most importantly giving mothers a safe place to come to without judgement, stigma, or shame so often linked to addictions.
“Crystal is everything I could hope to find in a candidate for what will be a very important and hopefully transformative program for the center, for the people we serve, and for the community. Besides being highly recommended and respected by the people she’s worked with and having first-rate, well-rounded credentials, her lived experiences mean she comes with knowledge and skills that no education or job can really teach. She can help people and be a trusted ally in part because she’s been there. She’s reliable, empathetic, and committed, and the thing that stuck out to me immediately from her past work is that she never shies away from hard work, hard cases, or tough challenges. That demonstrates courage and strength. I believe Crystal can hit the ground running and be a bridge-builder and problem-solver for program participants, for community partners and service providers, and for the community,” says Daniel Franklin, NCVRC’s executive director.
The North Central Vermont Recovery Center is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing an upbeat, welcoming, safe, and substance-free environment for individuals and families on their paths to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. NCVRC is celebrating its 10th year providing hope in the Lamoille Valley. You can learn more at www.ncvrc.com.
Source: Morrisville 10.14.2020 North Central Vermont Recovery Center