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RVBH to open the ‘Gathering Place’ Recovery Community Center

In Community, Local by OC Monitor Staff

OWENSBORO, Ky. — RiverValley Behavioral Health will host a grand opening for The Gathering Place, a recovery community center, from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The Gathering Place provides a hub of recovery resources, services and support in a warm, inviting, café-style environment for those in our community who are coping with a substance use disorder and/or co-occurring mental illness.

The Gathering Place is more than a recovery resource center; it is a safe, sober space where individuals can drop in as needed to receive support and build healthy connections to assist them on their recovery journey.

This project was funded by a $600,000 grant awarded to RVBH by the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health. This facility is the first of its kind in Daviess County. RVBH will work within our internal programs, outside providers, the judicial system, and families to promote participation and engagement.

In addition to providing a drug-free, social environment, The Gathering Place will host support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, as well as recovery celebrations, prevention events, and access to services, such as medical screenings, linkage to housing assistance, job opportunities, supported employment, and more.

Upon visiting, one can expect to receive:

  • A safe, judgment-free zone personalized approach expert guidance
  • Peer support
  • Connection to community resources
  • Access to mutual-aid and support groups
  • Substance use prevention education and resources
  • Referral to our Medication Assisted Treatment and other recovery treatment programs
  • Many other evidence-based recovery support services

“The journey to recovery is unique for everyone, and that is the foundational idea that has led to the development of The Gathering Place, a warm, inviting, café-style environment where those in recovery can have easy access to the support, resources and connections they need to find healing, self-discovery and growth,” said Dr. Wanda Figueroa-Peralta, RVBH President & CEO. “We are here to make our community thrive and help those in recovery to embrace a brighter future. The path to recovery starts here.”

The Gathering Place, at 400 E. 4th St. in Owensboro will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., starting Sept. 28, and will be operated by recovery and peer support specialists.

RVBH is the Commonwealth’s designated regional Community Mental Health Center in Western Kentucky, serving Daviess, Ohio, McLean, Hancock, Henderson, Webster, and Union counties for more than 50 years.

RVBH has continued to grow and increase programming related to substance use, recovery and prevention. We currently host more than 30 programs that include inpatient and outpatient services for families impacted by mental health, developmental disabilities, alcohol and substance use disorders. To learn more about our services, call 270-689-6879.