Headrest receives Recovery Friendly Workplace designation

From left to right: Cameron Ford, Executive Director of Headrest; Shannon Bresaw, Vice President of Public Health for Granite United Way

LEBANON, NH (February 4, 2019) – Headrest, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those in crisis, received its designation as a Recovery Friendly Workplace on February 1, 2019. A recovery friendly workplace encourages a healthy, safe, and stigma-free work environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.

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An early adopter of the program, Headrest has been working with local employers to help them understand what recovery is and the importance of employment to those in recovery. Currently, Headrest works with over five local businesses to place clients in sustainable living wage careers. Since April 2018 our Vocational Specialist has placed 19 clients in employment.

New Hampshire has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Opening the door to employ those in recovery and understand the signs of recovery, will help fill job openings that have been left unfulfilled. Headrest not only provides support to the client, but also to the employer when problems arise.

In 2019, Headrest will work to place 80% of its clients in sustainable living wage careers through the Headrest Opportunities for Work program. To make this initiative work we must educate the employer. Cameron Ford, Executive Director of Headrest states, “It’s an amazing opportunity to be part of this initiative that will help employers become aware of the benefits of hiring people who are in recovery. We are excited to help people get their lives back and support the employers willing to give them a chance”.

 About Headrest

Headrest, established in 1971, is a nonprofit organization that assists those affected by substance use disorder, experiencing a crisis, or in need of support, by providing effective programs and treatments regardless of ability to pay. Headrest is the only accredited 24/7 suicide/crisis line in the state of New Hampshire. Since 1971 Headrest has over 420,000 continuous hours of helping those in crisis. For more information on Headrest’s programs and services please visit www.headrest.org.

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