Into Action Recovery to Host Open House at Tewksbury Sober Home
TEWKSBURY -- After years of fundraising and finally purchasing a property for a sober home, Into Action Recovery, Inc. has set the date for its open house next month.
The invite-only open house is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 20 Fox Run Drive. The home will offer a 12-step program for men overcoming drug or alcohol addiction. It is meant help them transition back into their work and family lives.
“We’re all super excited,” said David Hanley, the home’s program director. “Everybody put a lot into it and it’s all coming together.”
According to Hanley, there are several small home improvements to be made, but the place is furnished and decorated. They are also working on widening and repaving the driveway.
In addition to the physical condition of the property, Hanley has been reaching out to various rehab and detox programs in New England, primarily in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, to begin to create a team leader relationship with different feeder programs.
“We are going to be taking people in who have already begun treatment,” Hanley said, adding that the sober home will not be a detox facility and residents will already have some sobriety under their belts.
A number of Fox Run Drive residents previously expressed their concerns with the sober home, citing safety, potentially declining home values and protocols within the sober home.
Into Action Recovery representatives have met with the neighbors and town officials to try to assuage some of those fears. Neighbors in the area also met with police, who said they did not anticipate increased crime in the area with the addition of the sober home, according to one Fox Run Drive neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.
“It is what it is,” the Fox Run Drive resident said. “I don’t think it’s the place for this type of dwelling, particularly with Motel 6 being so close. The town knows and a lot of people know that in that area, you don’t have to go far for drugs.”
This resident said the town did everything they promised and that residents are now just waiting to see how well the home will run. He said he hopes neighbors will be cordial to Into Action Recovery.
“It’s a work in progress, but I feel like they’ve been productive and we’ve made some headway,” Hanley said of the meetings. “We’re doing our best to accommodate the neighbors’ concerns.
“Many of the neighbors have been understanding and very neighborly. Some others we’re hoping will come around,” he continued. “All we’re asking for is a chance.”
For some residents on the block, it is more difficult to accept Into Action Recovery as a neighbor. The home located next door at 10 Fox Run Drive was recently listed for sale.
Despite some push back, Hanley said they have had some loyal supporters. There are eight Into Action Recovery board members who Hanley said have been the driving force behind the whole project. There are also countless volunteers who have dedicated their time, money or donations to support the organization.
“It’s been clearly just incredibly the amount of support and help we’ve received,” Hanley said. “Some of it is just unsolicited by people who just heard about us and want to make a difference. People who were touched by it in their own lives and want to help combat this horrible epidemic.”
While there is a lot on there plate, Hanley said Into Action Recovery is just “anxiously excited” to finally open its doors.
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