Gov. Shumlin announced generous donation for Rutland-area substance abuse center
MONTPELIER – May 1, 2014 -- Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a $50,000 donation from Ernie Boch Jr., President of Subaru of New England, to help with residential drug treatment efforts, especially with patients addicted to heroin and other opiates. The generous donation was presented by Boch to Richard Keane, Recovery House Inc. CEO.
Recovery House Inc. is comprised of Serenity House, located in Wallingford, and Grace House, located in Rutland. Serenity House has been providing short-term residential substance abuse treatment since 1972 to Vermonters statewide who suffer from addiction. Grace House offers halfway house services for clients who have successfully completed residential treatment but need some ongoing support before being ready to manage completely on their own. Grace House has been in business since 1974 and also provides the Public Inebriate services for Rutland and Bennington Counties.
The Governor thanked Boch for his continued commitment to Vermont, noting that this is the third such donation Boch has presented in as many years toward a good cause. Previously, Boch provided $25,000 in 2012 and ’13 for assistance linked to clean up and recovery following Tropical Storm Irene. Boch had initially promised a $25,000 donation this year to Recovery House, but surprised Keane and others by doubling the amount to $50,000.
“I want to thank Ernie for his on-going generosity to our state and helping us improve the lives of Vermonters,” Gov. Shumlin said. With recovery from Irene largely completed across the state, Boch sought other areas of need, and chose to focus on Gov. Shumlin’s initiative to combat opiate and heroin addiction.
“We know that the opiate epidemic affects so many people especially between the ages of 18 to 25 years old, who are at high risk of accidental overdose. We know in Massachusetts that we have two accidental opiate overdoses a day in this age group,” Boch said. “Most importantly, women are the silent sufferers and the underserved in addiction treatment. Treatment works. It’s important that we come out in support of treatment. I’m happy to lend my support today to the Serenity House in the opiate war against young women.”
Keane thanked Boch for today’s donation. “On behalf of all the staff and clients at Recovery House Inc. we are honored by your generous donation. The funds will be used to enhance are work with all our patients at both Serenity House and Grace House with a special emphasis on improving the services we provide to clients addicted to heroin and other opiates.”
The check presentation ceremony was held in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the State House.