July, 2021 | Issue 9
The TCI Connection
We inspire families and individuals to overcome the disease of
addiction by creating real, long-term solutions!
New TCI Video Created to Launch Capital Campaign
A new video series, created exclusively for TriCircle, Inc., features our founder and Executive Director, Ana Gopoian, and Ken Cairns and Fred Hayden, two parents of families affected by Substance Use Disorders and the Disease of Addiction. This video will be available for viewing very soon!
Quote of the Month:
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." - Henry Ford
Ana Gopoian
Happenings On the Horizon

Starting in July, we have chosen to begin sharing our robust 2021 Save the Date Calendar in its entirety each month. The vision of TriCircle, Inc. continues to unfold, and it is through the events that we host and those that are hosted on our behalf that we thrive! Our hope is that you will choose one of the many ways we offer to become involved. As Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." It is truly amazing to see how many amazing people and organizations we have engaged on this journey and how much we have evolved over the years. We have collected some of the world's most passionate, courageous and dedicated volunteers. As we continue to grow and build momentum toward full implementation, we need YOU! Everyone knows someone who is affected! We are always looking to engage new people who have a deep commitment to our cause and certain varying degrees of availability. It could be as simple as signing up on Amazon Smile to do your everyday shopping or joining our PayPal Giving Fund! We have a plethora of volunteer opportunities on our Advisory Boards, ways to assist with the planning and implementation of our events, even ways to help with the many seemingly small administrative details that translate into huge successes! Where do your gifts and talents lie? Would you consider sharing them with us to help inspire individuals and families to overcome the disease of addiction? Together WE are Stronger!
Scholarship Deadline Extended
Due to demand, TriCircle, Inc. has extended the deadline for scholarship applications to Thursday, July 15. We are seeking to identify people who reside in Connecticut and have demonstrated a commitment to further their collegiate 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, Inc. 2021 Memorial Scholarship will be awarding two $2,500.00 scholarship awards in 2021. Scholarship applications and information are available on our website www.tricircleinc.com/scholarship, email Christine@tricircleinc.com, or at the front desk where our office is located: Executive Offices, 6 Way Road, Middlefield, CT 06455. With the extension of the deadline, the signed, completed scholarship application, with all supporting documentation, must be received in one packet and postmarked no later than Thursday, July 15, 2021.

2021 Save the Dates


  • Tuesday, June 29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Memorial Quilt Square Making Wallingford Elks Lodge 1365
  • Wednesday, July 14, 9 - 10:30 am - Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce presents Learning to Live in Recovery - details coming soon
  • Thursday, July 15 - NEW deadline for submission of the 2021 TriCircle Memorial Scholarship
  • Sat., July 24, Noon - 7pm - The 1st Annual Charity Challenge Fellowship Festival hosted by the Masons at Franklin Lodge #20, Westerly, RI. Music, Food, Fun and Fellowship! All proceeds benefit TriCircle.
  • Friday, July 30 - Virtual Narcan Training and Youth Stress Review Resource co-hosted by Amplify, Inc. - additional details coming soon.
  • Sat., July 31, 7:00 pm Facebook LIVE - Together WE are Stronger in Enfield Raffle.


  • Thursday, August 5 - Ticket Sales begin for Gala Brunch Event, Wallingford Elks Lodge 1365
  • Saturday - Monday, August 14 - 16, CT Barber Expo X at Mohegan Sun

September is Recovery Month

  • Wednesday, September 8 - Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce 4-Part Series, Learning to Live in Recovery
  • Friday, September 10 - The 5th TriCircle Symposium Training with ORN Technical Grant Part1
  • Saturday, September 11 - Benefit Memorial Event at Nuzzo Farm supporting TriCircle (More TBD)
  • Sunday, September 12 - The 8th Charity Challenge Poker Run & Music Fest, Groton Elks Lodge
  • Friday, September 17 - The 5th TriCircle Symposium Training with ORN Technical Grant, Part 1
  • Saturday, September 25 - Outrun Addiction 5K (Virtually 11th – 26th)


  • Sunday, October 3, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm TriCircle Annual Gala Brunch, Wallingford Elks Lodge
  • Sunday, October 3 - Southington Apple Harvest Festival 5K Road Race
(Rain date - Sunday, October 10)
  • Tuesday, October 12 - DMHAS Family Webinar Series, Part 4 of 5
  • Saturday, October 16 - 4th Annual Recovery Fall Festival

  • Tuesday, November 30 - Giving Tuesday

  • Sunday, December 5, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Annual Holiday Meeting Wallingford Elks Lodge  
  • Wednesday, December 8 - Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce 4-Part Series, Learning to Live in Recovery
  • Tuesday, December 14 - DMHAS Family Webinar Series, Part 5 of 5
As Our Masks Come Off

The world is opening up and that means we are back to face-to-face talking, yakking, chitchatting and conversing! Some of us anticipate this with joy, but others with dread. A few tips to make the transition smooth for all: listen actively and respond appropriately. Leave out limiting words such as should, only, just and can't. Focus on the positive and on the person in front of you. To guide your conversations, be empathetic and ask questions with kindness and compassion at heart. I will admit the mask served me when I was not up to talking about what was going on in my personal life or when I was not sure if a question was asked with positive intent or to learn gossip about my family. As my mask comes off, I will try to remember that parts of us may need to stay hidden to all but a few.

by Elizabeth Kirby Fullerton, PhD
Recover Your Family
New website coming soon!
Please Welcome Our Newest Team Members
Providing A Safe Space to Receive Support
and Share Hope
Michael Black, MS, MBA - TriCircle, Inc.'s New Hope After Loss Licensed Professional for Enfield
Michael is the youngest of five. At a young age, his oldest sister was involved in a drunk driving accident and later succumbed to her injuries. This was a devastating loss for Mike and had a profound impact on his life growing up. In Southwestern Michigan, drugs were a constant problem that plagued Mike’s siblings, and he watched another sister spend most of her adult life in and out of jail and rehabilitation programs. Today, all of his sisters are in recovery, thanks to the help of these programs. This ultimately influenced Michael to choose a career path of substance abuse and mental health counseling to try to help other families cope with the destructive nature of addiction and to find hope and recovery.
Michael has worked in various capacities in the field of addiction services and mental health counseling. Mike spent five years working as the Program Manager at a licensed substance abuse program in Middletown. Mike has served as a psychotherapist working with clients suffering from traumatic events and has a particular interest in working with veterans and victims of crime. Mike now works as the Senior Clinician on the Assertive Community Treatment Team for Gilead Community Services. Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Community Studies from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Business degree from Liberty University, and a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Services from Post University. In his free time, Mike enjoys traveling, fishing, and reading.
Ken Cairns - TriCircle, Inc.'s New Hope & Support Paraprofessional for Southington
Ken worked for the State of CT, Department of Correction for 27 years, retiring last year as a vocational teacher who taught IT skills and computing programming. He also has owned and operated his own computer business, Computer Works, since 1999. He is proud father and grandfather. As a lifelong resident of CT, he now lives and works in Cheshire. In his down time, he enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Now Accepting Clients
TriCircle, Inc.’s Clinical Services are now open and 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.

TCI’s Clinical Services offer:

Flexible morning, evening or hours
Time for family
Ability to seek and/or maintain employment
Practice of new coping skills
Enjoyment of substance free activities
Benefits for personal health and wellness

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

Engage in Self Care!

Our Hope & Support and Hope After Loss Group meetings are made available each month on Zoom, and now the Hope & Support meetings in Somers are face to face at The Story Barn. In June, both Hope & Support and Hope After Loss in Middlefield, resumed face to face, as well. All TriCircle support group meetings are co-facilitated by two paid professionals - one licensed and one paraprofessional with lived experience. We provide a safe and confidential space for parents, guardians and others who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use or addiction or who have lost a loved one to an accidental overdose, drug induced suicide or drug related murder. There is no judgment or blame, just support and understanding. Join us as we work together on this journey of healing.
Click here to learn more.


 It is easy! Do all your everyday shopping online! First, be sure to sign up on Amazon Smile and choose TriCircle, Inc. as your recipient organization. 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!

PayPal Giving is another way to help, click the link to find out how!

Great Music, Great Food, Great Friends!
Relax to the tunes, bring your family, friends, coworkers,
and lawn chairs or blankets! All proceeds benefit TriCircle, Inc.

Looking to become a TCI Volunteer?
We want you!

We have opportunities on the following
TriCircle, Inc. Advisory Boards:

Communications & Public Relations
Meets on Zoom, Mondays at 8:30 am.
Positions needed: Vice Chair, Graphic Designer
Commitment - 2-3 hours/week
Fundraising & Events
Next Meeting via Zoom, Tuesday, July 13, at 6:30 pm.
Positions needed: Chair, Vice Chair, Event Sub Committee Volunteers, Graphic Designer
Commitment - 2-3 hours/week, plus our fun and exciting events
Meets on Zoom
Positions needed: Secretary, Document Specialist
Commitment - 2-3 hours/week
Click here to learn more.

For more information, please contact lenore@tricircleinc.com
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