The Charlestown Coalition News: 
Issue 27
November 2018
Coalition New Recruits
Our community outreach coordinator, Shannon Lundin, welcomed two new members to her family-daughters Tatum Rose and Brynn Leigh, born on October 29th at Mass General. We are so happy for Shannon and her family and want to share this blessing with everyone in the Charlestown Coalition community.

Tatum Rose White (6.0 lbs.- 18.5 inches long, born 3:42 PM)  and
 Brynn Leigh White (6.12 lbs.- 19 inches long, born 3:44 PM)

Serving Our Neighbors:
 Harvest on Vine
Annual Turkey GiveAway

Harvest on Vine is an emergency food pantry that is one of Charlestown's best resources for those in need. Every month, they supply food to hundreds of families in the community.

With the help of generous donors, Harvest on Vine also provides dinners during the holidays. Despite the rain this year, hundreds of turkey baskets were distributed during their annual Thanksgiving Turkey GiveAway.

Our Turn It Around youth group members were there to help hand out holiday turkeys to Charlestown families, and they even assisted some elderly residents to their homes.
We are so grateful for all the hard work Harvest on Vine and Tom MacDonald put into this event!

Upcoming Events:
Charlestown Holiday Stroll
Join us on December 8th from 10 am to -1 pm for a free holiday event for the whole family!

All around Charlestown, businesses and restaurants will be offering discounts, special giveaways, entertainment, treats, and raffles, at the Winter Wonderland at the Training Field. Come by and get your professional photo taken with Santa-an activity sponsored by the Turn It Around group.  

Our 2019 Turn It Around Calendar will also be available. All proceeds from our calendar and photo sales will go to support the Turn It Around youth group and help fuel our mission of advancing communities by transforming lives!

Support Charlestown High School:
Night on the C-town
Tickets are available for Night on the C-Town, featuring music, food, exciting raffle prizes, cash bar, and more! 

December 13 | 6:30-9:30 PM | Bunker Hill Knights of Columbus 
Tickets: $15 Alumni tickets: $10 

Night on the C-Town is the inaugural event for the Friends of Charlestown High School, a group of CHS staff and community members committed to supporting the school's academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If you and your organization are interested in sponsoring the event, please email 

Click  here  to view the flyer and sponsorship information.

Charlestown Drug Court Celebration
Please join us in celebrating the completion of several participants from the  Charlestown Addiction Recovery Treatment (CHART)   Specialized Drug Session at  The Charlestown Division of Boston Municipal Court Department on  Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Superintendent Yolanda Smith from the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department  will be addressing the celebrants.
Light Reception to Follow

Please RSVP by December 10, 2018 with Chief Probation Officer Michelle Williams @ 
or call (617) 241-5251

Now Hiring:
Youth Worker Position at Coalition!
The Charlestown Coalition is looking for a full-time 
Please share this job posting with anyone who may be interested!

Coalition Director Appointed to Massachusetts Taxonomy Commission!
Charlestown Coalition Director Sarah Coughlin has been appointed to serve on the Massachusetts Taxonomy Commission. 

The commission was established this past summer when Governor Baker signed into law Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018, an act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction. The commission will review evidence-based treatment for individuals with a substance use disorder, mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness. The commission is chaired by the Undersecretary of Health and Human Services and is comprised of a diverse panel of public health professionals, clinicians and insurance carrier representatives.

Read more about the commission here.

Congratulations to Sarah on this great honor!

Community Health Training Institute:

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Turn It Around:
Youth of the Month
Sierra S.

Sierra is our November Turn It Around Youth of the Month."Sierra is extremely considerate and helpful. She is always willing to lend a hand and serve the group. She has a beautiful heart and makes you feel very special when she shares it with you."

-Ginaya Greene Murray

Voices of Recovery
Joe Putignano
Joe Putignano, a  participant from the
Charlestown CHART Specialized Drug Session is sharing his journey in recovery with us this month.

Click below for the full interview.

Get Connected, Stay Informed
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