The Recovery Bank Recovery Walk

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at noon the local recovering community will observe National Recovery Month by participating in the Scranton Recovery Walk.

The Walk begins at noon at “The Hall,” 415 N. 8th Avenue, near the new Sheetz in Scranton, and ends with a brief outdoor program at The Recovery Bank, 120 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Registration is not required for this free, family-friendly event.

The Recovery Bank and the Clearbrook Foundation in collaboration with members of the recovering community and Geisinger-Marworth, Brookdale and the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs will celebrate the power of recovery in our local community.

Scranton Recovery Walk coordinator Frank Bolock announced the theme of this year’s recovery month: Recovery Month is for Everyone, Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.

“The power of recovery is evident in the Scranton community. No one is alone in the journey through recovery; we are all in this together,” Bolock emphasized. “All of us in the Scranton community, our neighbors, friends and family members, throughout our lives have experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small. But with strength, support and hope from the people we love, we are resilient, and recovery in our community is strong and powerful.”

Start: “The Hall” 415 N. Eighth Ave. Scranton, PA 18503
Finish: The Recovery Bank – 120 Wyoming Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

The Recovery Bank Launches Grief Support Group

The Recovery Bank, a nonprofit peer-driven recovery support center, has announced the launch of a new Grief Support Group for family members and loved ones who have lost someone to drug or alcohol addiction, overdose, or other substance-related deaths. The initial group meeting of GRASP (Grief Recovery Support After a Substance Passing) is scheduled for Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6:00pm at 120 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton.

“This support group seeks to bring together those who have suffered the unique and extremely painful loss occasioned by overdose and other circumstances, so that they can help each other in their healing process,” said Frank Bolock, Project Director at The Recovery Bank. “Unfortunately, our community has felt far too many of these tragic and untimely deaths, and families often struggle to cope after such a loss,” he continued.

There have been over 500 reported overdose deaths in Lackawanna County since 2014, according to data available from the County Coroner’s Office. Carol Coolbaugh, facilitator of the Luzerne County Chapter of GRASP, and Cara Cali, a Certified Recovery Specialist/Certified Family Recovery Specialist at The Recovery Bank, will guide the initial support group meeting. The support group is free to the public but seating is limited due to COVID safety precautions. Please call The Recovery Bank at (570) 880-7901 to reserve a seat.

“As someone who has personally experienced a loss like this, I understand that there is often a stigma associated with overdose deaths. We may become isolated in our grief, feeling that no one understands our pain. The benefit of a group like GRASP is that we can connect with those who have also lived this loss. We don’t have to walk this road alone,” Cali emphasized.

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