The first annual Harbor Hall Alumni Reunion will be held on September 1, 2018 at Camp Daggett on the beautiful shores of Walloon Lake.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. Friday evening. With a variety of events planned over the course of the weekend, alumni, friends and family will celebrate recovery while sharing their support and stories of healing and hope. Camp Daggett has graciously offered their facilities to help make this event a success.
“We have been a long-time partner with Camp Daggett and we are very grateful for their generosity for the use of the camp for this wonderful event.” Said Pat McGinn, Harbor Hall CEO. “I also want to thank the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (LTBB). Harbor Hall has always worked closely with the LTBB and we are grateful for their support of our organization.” Continued McGinn. The LTBB will perform a drum ceremony during a smoke cleansing of the grounds at Camp Daggett.
Food truck vendor, Burnt Offerings, will be providing food for all with live music being performed by Toby Jones. Traditional camp activities will be available through the day, such as swimming or kayaking. The evening will be spent around the campfire, listening to several Harbor Hall alumni share their Experience, Strength and Hope through recovery.
“Harbor Hall has received so much from the surrounding communities and as always, we are eager in giving back. Camp Daggett has given the alumni of Harbor Hall an opportunity for our first ever reunion, first of many we will have to celebrate recovery, sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes. I just want to thank everyone who has contributed and volunteered to make this an event that will leave lasting memories, it will be incredible.” Ken Van Every, Continuing Care Coordinator.
An Event to Celebrate Recovery
The alumni reunion event coincides with the beginning of Recovery Month on September 1, a national observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The month-long observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. The theme for Recovery Month 2018 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.
This year, the Recovery Month theme explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.
“We are thrilled that we are able to kick off Recovery Month with this very special event. We want the community to know that treatment works and recovery from substance use disorders is real. The voices of recovery need to be heard. Stay tuned for other events that promote recovery month in September.” notes McGinn.
For more information on this event, call Ken VanEvery at (231)347-5511.
Thank you to all who have helped make this reunion possible.
Harbor Hall wishes to acknowledge the following support from area businesses and organizations who have donated money, goods and services to support this reunion: Harbor Hall Foundation, Camp Daggett, Toby Jones Music, Snippets of Time Photography, Reusch Jewelers, Flowers From Sky’s the Limit, Northern Michigan Artist Market, Grain Train, Charlevoix City Golf Course, Whippoorwill, Family Video , City Park Grill/Palette Bistro, Cutler’s, Great Lakes Gourmet, Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts, Morning Star Jewelry, Meyer ACE Hardware, Mighty Fine Pizza, Craig Ryan, David’s Place, County Emmet Celtic Shop , Roast and Toast, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Hamilton Hair Salon.
Harbor Hall’s renovations continue and we have completed the dining room, the food pantry, the night techs office and two of the upstairs bathrooms. The pantry includes a quarry tile for the floor and it should last for many years. The bathrooms are completely tiled, with a drain system that waterproofs the bath area and keeps any water from going through to the lower level. All of the shower doors are frosted glass for privacy and the privy doors are a dense hard plastic, which will not rust like metal and will hold up well in a high moisture area. The rooms are being painted earth tones and the blinds are a wood slat so they don’t look institutional. The dorm furniture is arriving soon and we will start renovating the bedrooms as soon as the closets arrive. As mentioned in a previous post, we picked closets that are heavy duty laminate and the furniture is usually found in dorms at various university campuses. The drawers are metal and everything is designed so that they can be cleaned and sanitized between residents. There are going to be different color schemes in the resident rooms and each resident will have a comfortable, padded headboard so that they can read in bed and there will be an individual privacy light above each bed for that purpose. We anticipate completing a couple of bedrooms at a time so as to disrupt care as little as possible.
The main reason we are renovating is because we are a mission driven organization and the residents are our mission. They are partners in their recovery and we want them to feel comfortable in their surroundings. Many of our residents enter treatment with low self esteem and we want each of them to know that they are valued and that they will be treated with dignity and respect from the minute they walk through our doors. When residents are admitted in to a decent environment, their self esteem improves, as they know they are valued and it shows in everything that we provide. Similar to students at university, our residents are learning valuable recovery skills and are learning to develop a life centered around sobriety. We focus on practical techniques that are evidenced based and applicable to each resident that walks through our doors.
I will continue to add more pictures and posts as the renovations evolve.
The other important event in November is the Thanksgiving Holiday. It’s hard to keep a positive attitude while being in treatment during the holidays. Many times our residents feel guilt and shame over past behavioral incidents that occurred while actively engaged in the disease. Memories may haunt them of holidays that were previously disastrous. In all reality, many of the resident’s family members may feel relief that their loved one is in treatment because they at least know that they are safe and alive. We work very hard to make sure that the holidays are special, even while going through treatment. Harbor Hall takes steps to make this a family day for every resident, no matter their circumstances. Every resident is allowed to have visitors from their approved list, including those who have just entered the program. We serve a traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner and guests also bring a feast of food. We orchestrate a huge sit down meal with all of the residents and their guests and it turns out to be a very special day for everyone. It’s hard to remain negative with all of the effort that goes in to making sure that the holidays are treated as an overall commitment and celebration towards a new way of living.
We at Harbor Hall wish everyone and their families the best during the holiday season. We are particularly thankful for all of the hard work and dedication exhibited by our staff and Board of Directors of Harbor Hall, Inc and Harbor Hall Foundation. This dedication is demonstrated to the residents daily as it is our calling, our passion and our mission.
May we remain thankful for the gifts that we receive and continue to be mindful of the needs of others.
Satisfaction results for residential treatment services in the Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services Area
Provider Name Overall Satisfaction
Addiction Treatment Services – Traverse City 96%
Harbor Hall – Petoskey 99%
Sunrise Centre – Alpena 95%
Ten Sixteen Treatment Center – Midland 100%
These results were tabulated through Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services, who conducted independent evaluations of the programs that they contract with in Northern Michigan. This is a testament to all of the dedicated staff, throughout Harbor Hall, who work to insure that our clients are treated with dignity and respect.
Harbor Hall is presently in the process of renovating its residential facilities. We will be involved in construction for the next few months as we update our facilities with a clean, modern, dorm style look. We would like to have our residents thought of as students who are learning to live a drug and alcohol free life. This update will include renovating existing bathrooms to have tiled showers and floors. We will also be redoing all of the resident bedrooms to include new beds, armoires, nightstands, over-the-bed lighting for private reading, new blinds and a designer paint scheme planned by our interior decorator. We will also be tiling the kitchen pantry and putting in new flooring in the dining facility. This is Phase One out of a two phase renovation, which will also include a future update of our sober living facilities. Our improvements there will include the replacement of the bathrooms and kitchen at the oldest facility along with new beds, dressers, nightstands and closets. The sober living facilities are for graduates of our residential program.
The entire staff is committed to insuring that our clients are treated with dignity and respect. If it was not for the clients coming to our facility we would not exist so, they are paramount and who we are here for. This attitude is shared by the entire treatment staff and the Harbor Hall Inc. and Foundation Boards. Terry Newton, the Executive Director of Harbor Hall for the past 22 years, has gone through several construction processes while in his current position. According to Mr. Newton; “We are always looking at new ways in which we can improve on the services and amenities for the clients that we serve. I am excited to be a part of this process and we have an amazing staff that make the place operate on a daily basis as well as a deeply committed Board of Directors of Harbor Hall, Inc. and The Harbor Hall Foundation. We would also like to thank the many donors who have made these renovations and updates possible.
Harbor Hall has begun to take in more private pay clients including medical and other professionals and young adults who are coming from around Michigan and other states because of our affordable treatment options. Harbor Hall has received clients from New York, Florida, Colorado, Arizona and Illinois. Accepting self-pay clients also insures that we will be able to provide services to persons who cannot afford to pay for treatment services.
Also, Please see our Facebook Page, where we will be adding pictures as we go along in the process https://www.facebook.com/HarborHall