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BARN’s Ride for Recovery, blood drive on Sept. 13

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BREWER, Maine — The third annual “Ride for Recovery,” sponsored by Bangor Area Recovery Network, will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at BARN’s community recovery center at 142 Center St. as part of National Recovery Month .

“Across the nation, people are celebrating National Recovery Month in September, and we are honored to be able to sponsor our third annual motorcycle ride to join in this national effort,” says Mike Falvy, a spokesperson for the Ride and a member of the Board of Directors at the BARN, in a press release.

The Ride for Recovery registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and “kickstands up” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. “Registration for the ride is $25 per bike,” adds Falvy, followed by lunch and a motorcycle rodeo at the BARN.

In addition to this, there will be door prizes and raffles, and for the second year, BARN is hosting a blood drive in collaboration with the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

“While we have everyone here,” says Pat Hickey, coordinator of the blood drive, “this is a great way to further give back to our community.”  Falvy further explains, “Giving back in service to the community” is one of the principles of recovery, and BARN volunteers contribute on average 900 volunteer hours per month to the community, and that doesn’t include special events like Ride for Recovery.”

Bangor Area Recovery Network was established in 2009 with a mission to provide a sustainable and reliable community recovery center that supports the needs of people affected by addiction. In  2012 moved into its permanent facility located at 142 Center St. in Brewer.

The four tenets of the BARN include: 1) Recovery is a process; 2) There are many pathways to recovery; 3) Recovery overcomes shame and stigma; and 4) Supporting recovery is a community responsibility. Since it first opened its doors in July 2010, BARN has provided support to hundreds of recovering individuals in the area.

“Membership to the BARN is only $10 per month,” says Bruce Campbell, Acting Chair of its Board, “but there is no charge to anyone attending support groups or meetings at the BARN. They are all self-supporting.”  In addition to over 115 recovery-oriented meetings per month, BARN provides social activities as well as education and advocacy on recovery.

The BARN is open seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and holds “clean and sober” dances twice per month, in addition to other social and recovery support activities.

“This event is growing each year,” says Falvy. “We always look for a reason to ride, and this is a great reason to ride.  No one can deny the impact that addiction has on our community.  This is an opportunity to support recovery from addiction, that is what the BARN is all about.”

Participants are encouraged to register by going to BARN’s website and register on-line or by downloading a registration form. They can also contact the BARN directly at 561-9444.