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Alumnae Reunite for Thanksgiving

November 28, 2012

Alumnae gather to reunite…

The week before Thanksgiving, the Hello House for Women was filled with hugs and nostalgia, as about 15 alumnae who graduated from the Hello House and Shiloh House were welcomed back for a Thanksgiving and reunion dinner.

Some of the alum graduated more than seven years ago, but still couldn’t wait to return to the place that gave them a second chance. “I absolutely love this house,” said Hello House graduate, Lauren, “I always stayed in touch with the people from here and because of that, I’ve been sober over two years.” As they caught up with each other, the staff cooked a wonderful dinner of turkey, ham, potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, and cranberry sauce.

As the women shared their success stories over cheesecake, they were joined by current residents. Alum encouraged residents to not give up and take everything one day at a time. Many women spoke of how Hello House saved their life; a graduate, Denise, shared her story and said because of Hello House, “I never found the need to go back to my old life style.”

Before ending the night, the alumnae hosted a commitment meeting for the residents, which is similar to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The commitment meeting gave the current residents a chance to learn from the graduates- giving them hope for the future.

“I love having the girls come back,” says Program Director, Joanne Coleman. “Hearing that Hello House can turn a life around means so much to me and the staff.”

Hello House is Volunteers of America Massachusetts’ residential recovery treatment program for women. Shiloh House is our Sober Living Women’s program located in Jamaica Plain. To learn more about both programs and how to support them please contact Development Director, Stephanie Paauwe at 617.390.0228 or SPaauwe@voamass.org

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