March, 2022 | Issue 17
The TriCircle Connection
We inspire families and individuals to overcome the disease of
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"Sometimes we can only find our true direction when we let the wind of change carry us."

--  Mimi Novic

From the Desk of Ana Gopoian

Finding True Direction as we Grow!

In the coming months of spring, we will embark on a journey to fine tune our organization's Strategic Plan. We have a lot to be proud of now and a lot to hope and plan for in the future. Our milestones are many! In five short years, we have strengthened our brand, recruited talented professionals, built critical collaborations with key state and government officials and partners and hosted multiple community engagement events and webinars. In 2021, throughout the state and at no cost to participants, with funding from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, we provided support to more than 800 individuals and families in six CT towns. Among those 800 are more than 300 individuals who are participating in our Hope After Loss groups, which are comprised of bereaved families processing the tragedy of loss due to addiction. It is a privilege to provide these valuable services and resources, and we could not continue without the support of generous donors, volunteers, key collaborators and partners!

I am proud of who we are and committed to who we will become as we evolve into the future! We have always maintained the highest degree of integrity, transparency, and visibility, and we will continue to do so! We are consistently deliberate about our growth.

I am excited to be entering the next phase of TriCircle's development as an organization, and I am confident that the Strategic Plan will give us the guidance and direction we require to reach full implementation. If we open our minds and hearts to all the possibilities, the winds of change can lead us to the fulfillment of our wildest dreams.

As we maintain focus on our long range plans, we must also meet the challenges along the way with grace and gratitude. My hope is that our supporters are in this for the long haul and remain willing to help in any and every way!

Our burning desire to make a profound and lasting difference is fueled by the need that is now greater than ever. We are currently losing over 100,000 people a year to opioid overdoses in the US alone. This is not even taking into consideration the loss of life due to other substances. We are driven to action by all the families and loved ones left in the wake of this terrible disease and by the over 23 million Americans in recovery, on one path or another, living and thriving without the use of a substance. While we are closer than ever before, we still have a long way to go!
Together WE are Stronger!

TriCircle 2022 Memorial Scholarship Released
TriCircle seeks to identify people who reside in Connecticut and have demonstrated a commitment to further their collegiate or vocational studies. We recognize that the epidemic of substance use disorder exists here in our state and that tragically thousands of wonderful people have died due to the disease of addiction. We have come together to continue this scholarship opportunity, originally created in honor of Michael F. Gagnon II. The TriCircle Memorial Scholarship will be awarding two $2,500 scholarships in 2022. Scholarship applications and information are available on our website, email, or at the front desk where our office is located: Executive Offices 6 Way Road, Middlefield, CT 06455. The signed, completed scholarship application with all supporting documentation must be received in one packet and postmarked no later than April 28th, 2022.
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Meetings are held via Zoom or in person at 6 Way Road, Middlefield,
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March Spotlight

A Visit with
Cathy Taughinbaugh
Certified Parent and Life Coach

Click here to see Cathy as she is interviewed by
Ana Gopoian from TriCircle!

2022 Save the Dates
  • Wed., March 2, and Wed., March 16 - Doors open at 5:00 pm, first game begins at 6:00 pm - Drop In Setback, 1741 Pub & Grill, Middlefield
  • Thurs., March 10, 6:00 to 8:00 pm - STEPS Parent University Community Forum, Calendar House, 388 Pleasant Street, Southington, featuring the short film Finding Hope from demandZERO and The Paraphernalia Project
  • Fri., March 11, 12:00 pm - Youth, Family and Community Support, a free webinar hosted by DMHAS, Connecticut's Response to the Opioid Crisis
  • Tues., March 15, 8-10:00 am - The Dangers of Fentanyl, A Free Virtual Drug Awareness Webinar hosted by Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, 5 speakers, including our own Executive Director, Ana Gopoian, and Board Chair, Christine Gagnon

  • Sat., April 2, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Memorial Quilt Project Lighthouse Church, 33 Plainfield Pike, Plainfield
  • Fri., April 22 - Sat., April 23 - TriCircle will have a resource table at the Berlin Social and Family Services Conference
  • Thur., April 28 - Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Thur., May 5 - TriCircle will have a resource table at the Hebron Community Forum
  • Sat., May 14 - Sun., May 15 - The CT Barber Expo at Mohegan Sun

Got connections? Our Annual Recovery Festival is looking for a really cool venue and date for the Springtime!

  • Sunday, June 26 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Twisted Trails 5K Color Run, Tamarack Lodge, Voluntown, CT

  • TBD - "With A Rose" by The Phillip Foundation

  • TBD - TheCharityChallenge Poker Run & Music Fest
  • Sat., Sept. 24 - The 4th Annual Outrun Addiction 5K in Enfield

  • Sun., Oct. 23 - 4th Annual TriCircle Gala Brunch, Wallingford Elks Lodge 1365

  • Sun., Dec. 4 - TriCircle Annual Holiday Meeting

If any of our readers know of an organization, group or idea that will add strength, availability and reach to our collaborations and services, please reach out to us at
Click here for an event link to our Setback games.
Join us for a 50/50 raffle, cash prizes, food and FUN!

“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.”
-- Alberto Manguel

March's Suggested Title,
Author and Book Review

Healing A Parent's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Child Dies by Dr. Alan Wolfelt

The deep sorrow that comes with the loss of a child to substance use disorder is lonely, leaving one to feel isolated from friends and family. There are support groups such as Tricircle’s Hope After Loss and GriefShare offering the opportunity to be with those who understand. In addition, there are countless books on coping with the loss of a child, many written by parents or spiritual leaders, speaking to both the joy of the child and the meaning of the loss. I was drawn to Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s book, Healing A Parent's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Child Dies. The book covers topics such as family discord and dealing with hurtful advice and your own feelings of guilt. It is not a how-to manual, but rather a slow guide helping readers to express grief, accept help and mourn. The author is a well-known grief counselor and author who believes that we must mourn well and to continue to love ourselves and others. Dr. Wolfet runs the Center for Loss & Life Transition

Thinking of ordering this book? Here is a great opportunity to sign up on Amazon Smile and register TriCircle, Inc. as your charity of choice. See below for details!! Every time you make a purchase on the Smile Amazon site, a donation is made to us! It doesn't cost you a thing!

Elizabeth Kirby Fullerton, PhD
(904) 309-3906

It is so easy! First, be sure to sign up on Amazon Smile and choose
TriCircle, Inc. as your recipient organization. Do all your shopping online! Then, every single time you make a purchase from the Smile.Amazon site, a percentage will be donated to us! It doesn’t cost you a thing!
Are Now Available
TriCircle strives to offer Clinical Services that meet the individual needs of those who choose to take advantage of these opportunities to enhance their journey toward healing. We are accepting new clients. Our master’s level clinicians offer a range of evidence-based programs, giving clients and their families the opportunity to grow, change and maintain long-term recovery.

Our Clinical Team of Licensed Professionals

Shannon Talbot, LMFT
Michael Black, MA, LADC, LPC-A
Sheila Owen, LCSW, LADC

Click here to learn more about our Clinical Services or call
(860) 349-7074 to set up an intake.
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