By Judi Currie
Posted Mar. 17, 2016 at 5:55 PM
SOMERSWORTH — A sober living facility planned for the former Malley Farm Boys Home is receiving help from others in the recovery community.
Marybeth Schofield of Rochester, and Mone’ Cassier of Rollinsford reached an agreement earlier this year to lease the Malley Farm from the City of Somersworth.
Sober Sisters Recovery Transitional Home is on track to open in June, but they need to do a lot of renovation to the building.
Bonfire Recovery Services of Dover, a sober living facility for men, donated the proceeds from a T-shirt and sweatshirt sale and presented Cassier with a check for $1,250 on Thursday.
John Eldredge, of Bonfire, encouraged their bank, Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU), to help out as well. HRCU also presented a check on Thursday but did not specify an amount.
The renovations to the farm house are underway and Cassier said the donations would go a long way toward helping with the plumbing.
CEO Brian Hughes, of HRCU, said he applauds the efforts of Bonfire and Sober Sisters. “We are happy to donate and try to help raise awareness,” Hughes said.
Hughes asked about law enforcement efforts, if there was a way to slow the epidemic.
Eldredge said as long as there is demand there will be supply. You can try to cut it off but it is like squeezing a balloon.
“We incarcerate people and they don’t recover so as soon as they get out they go right back to what they were doing,” Eldredge said. “So we really need places like this so that men and women can get the help they need and get their lives back.”
Cassier said they can house eight women but if they wanted to house anymore than that they would have to put in a sprinkler system which is cost prohibitive at this time.
Residents will stay from 6 to 18 months to get their feet under them, maybe get a car, and arrange their living situation.
As a nonprofit they can charge $65 a week rent, and after a year a resident could save enough for an apartment or to get a car.
Another large donation, according to Cassier, came from Home Fashions Distributor, Inc. in Wells, Maine. One of their employees died of an overdose a few weeks ago.
“We lost Ashley McLaren, she was only 22,” Cassier said. “They were distraught and wanted to do something to honor her memory.”
There is a donation link on their website at https://www.sobersistersrecovery.org/ or people can mail checks to Sober Sisters Recovery, P.O. Box 810, Somersworth, NH 03878.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.fosters.com/article/20160317/NEWS/160319456