The Charlestown Coalition News: 
Issue 31
March 2019
Charlestown Coalition
Love Your Block Grant!
Last year the Charlestown Coalition received the City of Boston's Love Your Block Grant and used the $2,700 to revitalize a park in the community. Alongside many volunteers, we worked hard planning, designing, and creating a colorful, interactive space at the Mt. Vernon St. Plaza. We re-dedicated the space as Charlestown's very own "Peace Park" honoring loved ones no longer with us, including the late Robert McGrath, a victim of community violence. The park was originally dedicated to Robert 30 years ago.
This year we applied for the same grant, and once again we got it! We'll use the funds to keep Mt. Vernon St. Plaza a sacred space for all Charlestown residents. Contact the Charlestown Coalition to find out how you can get involved! Email Ginaya at or give us a call (617) 726-6684. 

Annual Wellness Fair
at the Harvard-Kent School
Staff from the Charlestown Coalition and some of our
Turn It Around youth attended the Annual Wellness Fair at Harvard-Kent School on March 21st. We had a great time!

Family Support Circle's Phenice Zawatsky and  Turn It Around members helped make slime and glitter jars and handed out important resources to everyone who stopped by our table. The slime and glitter jars are used as mindfulness and stress reduction tools. Educational materials on stress reduction and healthy coping skills were included in our "stress kits." The Fair was a great success with lots of health and safety information being handed out by local organizations.

Teen Challenge: Freedom 5K Run

Teen Challenge is a non-profit, faith-based 15 month residential recovery program that provides affordable and comprehensive solutions.  Recovery,  like a race, takes a lot of training and hard work. The result of Teen Challenge's unique training is freedom from addiction.
Your support and encouragement can change lives, and with your help, hope can continue to grow. Run, walk, support a team, or start your own. Get involved in the Team Challenge Run to End Addiction... Run for Freedom!

Recovery Campus Briefing

Celebrate Recovery

GRASP Schedule

GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) was founded to provide resources, compassion and, most of all, understanding, for families and individuals who have lost a loved one to substance use or addiction.
GRASP Groups are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6 to 6:45 pm at the Charlestown Health Center in the Basement Conference Room at 73 High Street, Charlestown, MA.  

Upcoming Meeting Dates: 
For questions and further information, please contact Shannon Lundin at

Turn It Around :
Youth of the Month
Terrell M.
Terrell  is our March Turn It Around Youth of the Month. "He has taken real initiative in making his education a priority and has had near perfect attendance at school this month. He also has been willing to volunteer his time in and out of the office, whenever needed. Terrell has exemplified EVERYTHING we want from our youth at
Turn It Around. "

-Mswati Hanks (Youth Prevention 
Voices of Recovery
Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien is sharing his journey in recovery with us this month.

Click below for the full interview.

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