SOS to host holiday pathways recovery event, free public dinner

ROCHESTER — SOS Recovery Community Organization will be hosting a holiday multiple pathways recovery event on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Rochester. This will include a free potluck dinner open to the public at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Dec. 24 at the organization’s home at 63 South Main St. inside the First Congregational Church. It will then continue on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Christmas Day there will be a full potluck, family style, seated holiday dinner at 2 p.m. which will be available to anyone in the community that wishes to attend and join us.

The primary goal of this event is to provide a safe and comfortable place for individuals who need a safe environment and may not have a place to go over the holidays.

According to John Burns, director of SOS Recovery Community Organization, “We offered a similar event on Thanksgiving and we recognized there are very few recovery supports or places that are open for individuals who might be struggling on holidays in Rochester and we recognize that need in the community.”

According to Elizabeth Atwood of SOS RCO, “We hope to offer a warm safe space with a lot of love and hope to those who may need that on the holidays. The First Church Congregational has been an amazing partner for SOS RCO by allowing us to use their fellowship hall for this event and Pastor Elizah Buchakjian-Tweedy has opened the doors of their Congregation for anyone attending on Christmas Eve to also join them in their services upstairs as they will be holding a 5 p.m. family friendly service, followed by a 7 p.m. and 11 p.m candlelight service.”

Anyone wishing to get involved and bring along a dish or snacks, volunteer some time, or even facilitate a meeting is welcome to contact SOS RCO at 603-841-2350 and speak to a staff member. SOS RCO will have trained coaches available throughout both events if anyone is in need of assistance or wishing help in finding or maintaining their recovery.

For more information about SOS Recovery Community Organization, go to or call 603-841-2350.

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