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Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Contacts

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On Thursday, December 6th, our first event of the day was an Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Contacts held this time held at the Outpatient and Administrative offices of the Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Inc. on Mentor Avenue in Mentor.

Prior to attending this gathering, we had read on its website that "Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Inc. is a private non-profit agency, providing continuous service to the community since 1971...The Center provides a wide range of services for adults whose lives have been affected by their own or another's use of alcohol or other drugs, by problem gambling, or by mental illness."

In addition to the networking, we were addressed by Ms. Melanie Blasko, its President and CEO, who told us that one of the unique features of the Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Inc. is that one of its houses allows a man in recovery to be accompanied there by one of his small children aged three years-old or younger; no other recovery facility in the Midwest has this provision for men.

During the introductions, it was particularly poignant when a woman testified that her son once had a chemical dependency issue and that Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Inc. had been of great help to him; happily, the young man has been sober for five years now.

Justin Faulhaber