BREWER – Just because the doors at the Bangor Area Recovery Network are closed doesn’t mean resources aren’t available.
Thanks to technology, the meetings that usually take place at the BARN are still happening.
“Our biggest loss in all of this has been our personal peer to peer connections, so we’ve had to get creative to try to make those connections in other ways,” said community outreach coordinator, Jesse Jesiolowski.
Nightly meetings on Zoom, peer coaching over the phone and a Facebook group are some ways they are staying connected.
Meetings have been averaging just under 30 people from all over.
“That’s been kind of fun because there’s been some people that have come to the BARN and moved away or are sick and need to stay home and haven’t seen at the BARN in awhile,” Jesiolowski said.
Jesiolowski said they’ve been working on a virtual meeting system since before the pandemic in an effort to remove transportation barriers.
“We’ve definitely seen a lot of attendance and a lot of people reaching out to each other, which we count ourselves really luck in the recovery community in that sense because we’re used to reaching out under dire circumstances,” Jesiolowski said. “We’re really seeing the community as a whole dig deep and stay connected to each other.”
Meeting information is posted on the Bangor Area Recovery Network Facebook page.
For more information about how to get connected you can call 478-9486