The residents of Granite House, a sober-living facility on West Broadway, are also involved in the life of the Friendship Center. They volunteer their time and also participate in the center’s programming.
“We help so many people,” volunteer Kim Stone said. “They are helping me.”
Sue Spinney sits on the Friendship Center’s board of directors and said she loves the new space.
“This is a safe haven for so many people, not just those suffering (from addiction), but also their families,” she said. “It’s transformed lives; I’ve seen it.”
Bowden said having a new, larger space will only serve to help the Friendship Center grow in the community.
“It’s been a dream of ours to have our own building,” she said. “It’s very nostalgic to us, we love it.”
The Friendship Center will team up with Hope for New Hampshire for a “Celebrate Recovery” gala on Nov. 8 at Promises to Keep in Derry.
All proceeds will go to support the new building.
The gala includes giving out awards to community supporters, including Advocate of the Year, Business of the Year and the Phoenix Award.
All those involved in recovery, their family and friends are invited to attend. For information, call 421-0255.
To learn more about the Friendship Center in Derry or to support the new building, call 432-9794 or visit derryfriendshipcenter.org.