The Coalition News: 
Issue 7
March 2017
The Loony Noony!
The "Loony Noony" or the daily noontime Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting has been an integral part of Charlestown for decades. The meeting was held at St. Catherine's for years before the building was sold to NewHealth Charlestown. Over the past couple of years, the attendees relocated to a temporary space on Rutherford Ave. But, the local recovery community knew that they had to find a permanent solution and have been searching for over the past year. 
The new space at First Church Charlestown

The Loony Noony is a crucial resource and source of comm unity for many individuals in recovery. The  meeting is typically attended by 50 - 60 people a day.

When the temporary location stopped being available last month, Pastor Erik Maloy and his wife Sarah, of First Church Charlestown quickly stepped up and opened their doors for meetings Monday through Friday. The recovery community is eternally grateful to Erik and Sarah for their generosity and openness in its time of need. Their gift of space is directly  assisting hundreds of people along their recovery journeys. 

The Loony Noony is still in need, thought, of a home for their Saturday and Sunday meetings. They are currently asking for leads regarding potential spaces in Charlestown, so please send along any suggestions to the Charlestown Coalition's Community Outreach Coordinator, Shannon Lundin, at

Basketball Tournament 2017: 
Call for Registrations and Raffle!


If you haven't already, be sure to let the Charlestown youth in your life know about Turn it Around's Third Annual Basketball Tournament on Saturday April 8th!  Check out the flyer below for more information and click on it to DOWNLOAD a registration form! 

Registration Forms Due Friday 3/24/17

Please drop off your signed and completed form to one of the following people or email to Prevention & Education Program Coordinator, Olivia Larkin, at
  • Olivia Larkin, Charlestown Coalition (3rd Floor Boys and Girls Club)
  • Mr. Washington, Charlestown High School
  • Mimi Wrenn or Pete Washington, Charlestown Community Center
  • Boys and Girls Club--front desk of either building
  • Chris Ellison, YMCA
BUT WAIT...Why should the kids be having all of the fun at the Basketball Tournament?

 Buy a raffle ticket between now and the day of the tournament (April 8th) and you could win 20 scratch tickets!  Tickets are $5 for 1 and $20 for 5  

The winner of the first drawing will win this Scratchy Board valued at $200! And, it could be worth millions--who knows!?

Contact Olivia Larkin to buy your ticket(s) today!

*Olivia will be on vacation until 3/23 but just leave a message and she will complete the transaction as soon as she gets back!

Additional tickets will be drawn for the following prizes:

1. A $100 Converse gift card 
2. A gift card to the Warren Tavern

3. A $50 gift card to Pier 6 Restaurant in the Navy Yard

4. An annual Family Pass to the USS Constitution Museum

Voices of Recovery:
Meet Katie

Straight Outta Charlestown:
 Turn it Around Youth of the Month!
This month's Turn it Around Youth of the Month is Melvin Jones! Melvin joined Turn it Around this past September. In his short time in Turn It Around, Melvin has consistently gone above and beyond. Whether he is helping us set up dinner, cleaning up, volunteering at community events, or just actively participating in meetings,  Melvin is a fantastic addition to our Turn it Around Community! We are so glad that he joined!
--Olivia Larkin, Prevention & Education Program Coordinator &
Group Leader for Melvin's small group within Turn it Around 

Melvin was one of four members chosen to volunteer at the Harvard Kent Health Fair 

Let's hear from Melvin himself!

I am from Charlestown. I am 15 years old, and I go to school at Charlestown High School where I am in 9th grade. I joined Turn It Around on September 26, 2016. I joined because people were saying it would be good for me. I want to be a better person in the future, and I like helping people. I like Turn It Around because we help people, and we do things like have fun playing games. We break into groups and we talk if we are having a hard time with things. I care about the environment and homeless people. I helped the group leaders decide to do a volunteer trip at one of the local shelters.

To hear more from Melvin, check out his interview on our Facebook page!
(and be sure to give our page a like if you haven't already!)

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