SOS to share grant funding from finance authority

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority has awarded nearly $1 million in grant funds to support five nonprofit organizations in delivering Recovery Friendly Workplace programming. Among them is Greater Seacoast Community Health/SOS Recovery Community Organization.

SOS will use the grant money to focus on a comprehensive program for recovery friendly workplaces across Strafford County as well as the Seacoast, said John Burns, SOS director.

Burns said some of the programs will involve providing a system for employers to utilize recovery coaches for individuals struggling with substance use disorder so they can be connected with SOS and peer recovery coaches to provide support, connect to resources, and improve employer productivity and turnover.

“The Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative demonstrates New Hampshire’s ability to work with public and private partners in a collaborative approach to solving the challenges facing our communities,” stated Katherine Easterly Martey, executive director, CDFA. “The ingenuity of the nonprofits awarded funding to advance this work will demonstrate how New Hampshire’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative can provide a roadmap for stakeholders that will empower workplaces to create healthy, safe and supportive working environments.”

Other agencies receiving funding are Headrest, Inc. (Lebanon); Makin’ It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth, Inc. (Greater Manchester);Reality Check, Inc. (Jaffrey); and Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region (Laconia).

New Hampshire’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, led by Governor Chris Sununu, encourages an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction. To learn more about the Initiative or becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace, visit: https://www.recoveryfriendlyworkplace.com.

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