Newsletter: Week of October 3, 2016

From the Program Director

Sarah Chandonnet

This Sunday, we are delighted to present Dr. Joe Gerstein with the 2016 Humanist of the Year Award, honoring him for 25 years as the President and founder of SMART Recovery.
SMART stands for Self-Management Addiction Recovery Training: with its focus on recovery from addictions, it operates both as a support group and as a tools-based group which helps individuals clarify their thinking so they can make better decisions for themselves.
Joe brought the SMART Recovery Program to Massachusetts in 1990. Since that time, there have been more than 28,000 free SMART meetings in Massachusetts, including 29 weekly meetings in hospitals, churches, synagogues, VA facilities, sober houses, jails, prisons, and community centers. Today, SMART is available in 22 countries on 6 continents.

"Joe's work creating SMART Recovery is one of the most important and underrated community service projects of all time. Without any financial gain or attention-seeking, he has helped hundreds of thousands of people to recover from addiction through scientifically based, nonreligious techniques, and his work may reach millions in the future. He is a true hero for our time." -- Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and Humanist Hub Executive Director.

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Next Sunday

Oct 16: Panel: Humanism, Racial Justice, and the Election
New movements for racial justice have dominated the headlines throughout America in 2016. Communities are becoming increasingly aware of the suffering caused by systemic racism, asking: What can we do? And will the 2016 election mark the beginning of real progress for racial justice in American politics, or will it further divide us and pit us against one another? Join us for a panel with 5 experts. 1:30-3:00pm, 30 JFK Street. Read more here.

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