The Northampton Recovery Center received a gift today honoring its efforts to help combat drug dependency.
It took more than a year to stitch together the seven-foot by seven-foot memorial quilt. It contains dozens of squares stitched together.
Each square represents Hampshire County men and women whose lives were affected by the opioid epidemic. Those who were successfully treated, and those who died, some in their teens and early 20s.
It’s a gift from the Northampton Health Department’s Hampshire Hope program.
“The quilt is reality, it shows the faces of people who have passed away here in Hampshire County, but it also shows the faces and the names of people who are fighting their battle in the city every single day,” said Meredith O’Leary, Hampshire Hope project director.
The Northampton Recovery Center, the quilt’s new home, is where hundreds of clients receive support in their struggles against addiction following treatment.
“We provide all the recovery support needed for them from then on,” Lynn Ferro, Northampton Recovery Center director told 22News. “So the second half of their journey starts here and they find community and connection in community.”
Hampshire Hope’s Project Director Meredith O’Leary told 22News, they know their work is far from finished as long as people are dying every day from drug overdose here in Massachusetts.