The Cause

100% of the proceeds of the Run Your Life 5K will benefit the Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Center run by The Providence Center.

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The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Center​ will be the first Youth Recovery Community Center to provide access to recovery support for young adults in Rhode Island battling with substance abuse. Our state has one of the highest rates of drug use for youth age 12-17 in the nation, at 15.5% percent (vs. the national average of 9.2%). A Youth Recovery Center would provide young people immediate access to 1-on-1 recovery coaches alongside a full range of age-appropriate recovery supports: specialized support groups, recovery meetings, parent involvement, homework assistance, and job search support.

Located at 1280 North Main St. in Providence, the Youth Center will be open every weekday after school and on weekends, the time periods teens report as being the most difficult time to abstain from using drugs and alcohol. The Providence Center also operates Anchor Learning Academy (ALA), the first and only recovery high school in the state, and views the establishment of a youth recovery center as the next step to meeting a growing need in the community.

The Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center will provide:

  • Recovery meetings for youth facilitated by members under the supervision of program staff
  • One-on-one recovery coaching from certified peer recovery coaches
  • Education and supports for parents
  • Staff to assist students with homework
  • A focus on the arts, with art projects, karaoke night, and more

“Ultimately, I’d like to have the students’ ideas be the main driver of the activities and operations at the Center. We want to make sure they know that this place is for them, somewhere that they will be supported and also have fun.” – Holly Fitting, TPC President of Recovery & Residential Services

Read the press release here.

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