Columbia Pathways To Recovery is excited to announce the upcoming launch of a Recovery Helpline. Callers to the helpline will be able to receive information about resources available to them regarding addiction and recovery. Additionally, we have partnered with the Chatham Cares 4 U Initiative to take calls from people who are interested in beginning their recovery through this amazing program modeled after the PAARI program. As of 4/27/17 this program, begun in July of 2016 by the Village of Chatham Police Department, has helped 100 people begin their journey to recovery and a better life.
We are actively seeking volunteers to submit an application for consideration to answer helpline calls. This is not a crisis hotline and volunteers do not need to have crisis experience to volunteer. Your personal experience or that of dealing with a friend or family member through addiction and recovery can be put to good use here. Volunteers will answer calls from their own location using a system developed by us so that there is no need to travel to an office to take helpline calls. Shifts are 4 hours long and we will take into consideration your schedule and availability before scheduling you for a shift. Shifts are available morning, afternoon and evening. Volunteers should have access to a cellphone and a computer with internet access. Volunteers cell phone numbers are never shared with callers as access is through a special 800 number set up by us. Volunteers will attend a 3 hour training class before being assigned a shift to answer calls. If you’d like to learn more, here is a link to the application and information. Click Helpline Info Packet and Application.
You can also send us an email or call us at 518-966-2775 with any questions or to request additional information.
Your completed application can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 518-203-2599 or sent via regular mail to CPR, PO Box 486, Ghent NY 12075.