Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition
Supporting Recovery from Addiction in Mid-Coast Maine
Addiction to drugs or alcohol has become an all too common in mid-coast Maine, taking its toll on individuals and families throughout our communities.
The good news is that it does not need to ruin lives and destroy families: The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition (MCRC) is a nonprofit organization that was created to support individuals and families to find help and healing for this challenging problem. Read more (MCRC History) >
Recovery Residences and Coaches
63 WASHINGTON STREET: A RECOVERY RESIDENCE FOR WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN
The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition’s (MCRC) is currently raising funds to acquire and support 63 Washington Street in Camden, Maine – a home for women in recovery. For more information, please call Ira Mandel at MCRC (207-701-1182) or donate below.
The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition’s (MCRC) coaches provide encouragement, motivation, insights and access to resources to those in need. Local addiction, behavioral health and medical practices may refer individuals to MCRC’s recovery coaches for ongoing support. Coaches may be reached by calling MCRC at (207) 701.1182.
THE FRIENDS HOUSE – A RECOVERY RESIDENCE FOR MEN
Established in March 2018, and located downtown Rockland Maine, The “Friends House” is a recovery residence for men who are highly motivated to make progress in their recovery. Each resident comes from different settings including directly from the community, from the hospital, detox facilities, rehab or corrections settings such as Maine State Prison or the Knox County Jail.
Meet Our Board
Ira G. Mandel, MD, MPHExecutive Director Dr. Mandel completed his training as a family practitioner in 1982 and completed his Masters of Public Health training in 2001. He has more than 34 years of medical practice and medical leadership experience, ten of which were spent in midcoast Maine including Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties and the many islands contiguous with those counties.
Ned BachusBoard of Director Ned Bachus earned an MA degree in counseling (1974) and an MFA in writing (1988). As an award-winning faculty member at Community College of Philadelphia, he counseled and taught deaf and hearing students from developmental to honors level, creating courses that linked content in psychology and English and that were taught collaboratively across academic disciplines.
C. Patrick MundyBoard of Director Pat is a graduate of the following institutions: Yale University with a BA in Psychology graduating in 1961,University of Maryland Law School graduating in 1964, Louis Allen Management School graduating in 1977 and West Chester University, MA in American History graduating in December 2004.
Vicky YatesBoard of Director Vicky Yates, a resident of Rockport, brings many years of experience in the mental health field having received numerous professional certifications including a B.S Degree in Mental Health Services from the University of Maine. Additionally, Vicky’s experience with a close family member’s addiction gave her much greater insight and awareness into this disorder than professional schooling could have provided.
John JeffersBoard of Director John Jeffers worked from 1993 to 2017 in many different progressive mental health care management and broad-based clinical settings, providing leadership by providing guidance and direction in a changing environment.
MCRC IN THE NEWS
A home for elderly Mainers is becoming a sober home for women (Bangor Daily News, Jan 23, 2019)
A new sober living home for women is opening in Camden, after speedy burst of donations (Bangor Daily News, Jan 06, 2019)
Funds raised, closing rescheduled for purchase of 63 Washington St. (Village Soup, Jan 03, 2019)
Midcoast Recovery Coalition raises money needed for home for women (WABI 5, Jan 03, 2019)
Camden Herald Letters the the Editor Dec. 27 (Camden Herald, Dec. 27, 2018)
Recovery Coalition hopes to gather enough donations to save Camden home (WABI 5, Dec. 26, 2018)
Addiction recovery house proposal sparks discussion,… (Village Soup, Dec. 17, 2018)
Coalition hopes to transform Camden’s 63 Washington Street to home for women in recovery (PenBay Pilot, Dec. 6, 2018)
Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition to hold ribbon-cutting June 1 (Camden Herald, May 28, 2018)