Advocates for the Hope for New Hampshire Recovery center in Berlin are scrambling to save it. The center is one of four slated to close in the next two weeks.
Hope for New Hampshire offers peer-to-peer drug and alcohol recovery services, but the organization announced earlier this week that it’s in a financial bind, and has to close shop everywhere but Manchester.
At their Berlin office, staff and volunteers have been rallying outside with posters, Manager Kelly Charron said Friday. They’re pushing an online petition and contacting local businesses for support.
“The governor and the state legislature talk a good game about the opioid crisis,” said Berlin Mayor and Coos County Commissioner Paul Grenier. “Well, now it’s time to put their money where their mouth is.”
The center provides critical recovery support for the community, he said.
The state stopped funding Hope for New Hampshire late last spring following allegations of mismanagement at the organization. Governor Chris Sununu now says they’re working on a new contract, but the details of that agreement remain unclear.