In the month of March, our board took steps to address safety concerns for COVID-19. In the beginning, cleaning supplies were provided to disinfect before and after the support groups. Next, a difficult decision was made, again to address safety concerns, to shut down the coffee station. Recovery members & coffee typically go hand-in-hand, so it was not an easy choice to make; however, SAFETY remained the operative word. As members opted to stay home, plus a member having reported they were experiencing symptoms, the board members made another the tough decision to close down, but the governor made the final choice for everyone.
How will we manage our recovery without the opportunity to attend support groups? Fear about the doors closing scared people. How will we reach the suffering addict/alcoholic? How will they know how to find help? Should we meet in the parking lots? In members’ homes? Logic tells us to pay attention
Several members worked quickly to create a venue to the recovery groups to meet online via Zoom. We taped signs to the door with phone numbers and access to the virtual meetings. Board members reached out the local recovery groups by person and/or posting in social media closed groups, probation, and local treatment centers to ensure the suffering addict/alcoholic will find the help they seek, online or by phone. The original 12-step program was created in 1935 where groups met once a month, across the state, and with their spouses. If men and women could find recovery in the days before social media, we felt confident people today could reach us online. Access the groups via Zoom which (now) requires a password for all meetings. 2020 is the password for all groups. The Portage Recovery created a Utility GoFundMe to offset our monthly expenses. What humbled us was the overwhelming support we received! Within three hours, we received $170 via GoFundMe. $2100 in cash and online donations in six days! Because of the generosity of our friends, we were able to cover two months worth of utility bills!! Grateful! No words can describe our gratitude for each donation, post on Facebook asking people to help, and offers to help in so many ways.
PRA Utility Fund – If you, or someone you may know, would like to contribute to our Utility Fund, select the link to help the Portage Recovery Association.
March Madness! Everything is shutting down. Our groups could no longer meet. Events cancelled. Portage Recovery Association survived March Madness, aka COVID Shutdown.