Our Mission

To build a community that embraces all pathways to recovery.

Our Vision

A Community That Embraces Recovery

Our Values

·      Honor all pathways to recovery

·      Treat all people with respect and dignity

·      Embrace cultural diversity and practice inclusion

·      Respect the autonomy of groups that meet here

·      Identify, nurture and develop leadership from within the recovering community

·      Endeavor to end stigma experienced by people in recovery or seeking recovery

·      Promote community engagement and healthy relationships as integral to recovery

·      Look for opportunities for peers in recovery to use their gifts and develop their strengths

 

What is a Recovery Coach?

RECOVERY COACHES

To make an appointment with one of our Recovery Coaches, send an email to: info@kscrecovery.org

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Carl Babbitt

Carl is an AmeriCorps Recovery Corps Coach at the Keene Serenity Center. He has been actively involved in recovery since being released from prison in 2000. His experience with incarceration and his own personal recovery led him to launch the Cheshire County Aftercare program through the Serenity Center in 2010. The program works with men coming out of the local jail helping them remove their own barriers to recovery and build their strengths & resources. Carl completed the Recovery Coaching Academy series in 2016 and has been coaching for Keene Serenity Center ever since. He is currently a candidate to receive his CRSW next year. He launched the Restorative Recovery Group in 2018 & continues to lead this group at the center every Tuesday night. He is trained in a variety of leadership methods as well as the Trauma Approach to Family Violence. Carl is constantly seeking educational opportunities to build his skills and support his peers. Carl has also built 3 Habitat for Humanity homes since receiving his own in 2008. He’s a 2013 Graduate of Bethel University’s Men’s Leadership program and was selected as valedictorian by his classmates.


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Jason Garner

Jason is in long term recovery and has been coaching for the center since moving to Keene in the Summer of 2018. Jason previously coached for SOS Recovery Community in Dover, NH. Jason is our resident chef - he runs our USDA Commodity Food Program and cooks 5 delightful lunches and 2 delicious dinners each week for the community. Newcomers love to join him for some volunteer time in the kitchen! Jason also does regular outreach work in the community delivering essential self care items to homeless encampments and will be leading the new syringe services and harm reduction work this summer.

 

Nance was one our first Recovery Coaches when we launched the Hand-in-Hand Peer Coaching program. She is now employed by Granite Pathways and the Strength to Succeed team. A parent partner, working with families involved with DCYF, Nance helps parents with SUD achieve recovery and work for the best interest of their families. Nance still finds time to lovingly coach, volunteer and serve on the Advisory Council for the Keene Serenity Center.

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Nancy Gehrung


Becky attended the first Recovery Coach Academy in January of 2016 and became a coach later that year. She volunteered at the Serenity Center for two years in addition to coaching. She has served on the Keene Serenity Center Advisory Council. Becky was trained by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to facilitate support groups for family members of people suffering from substance use disorder. She was a co-founder of the All Recovery support group that has been meeting at the Center every Wednesday from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm since 2017. She also facilitates a family support group in Walpole, NH.

Becky has a Master's Degree in Animal Science. Before her work in recovery she served 28 years as the hospital administrator at Cheshire Animal Hospital in Keene.


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Becky Pearson


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Steve Riley

Steve has been in recovery for 27 years. He was born & raised in Keene, NH and went to Keene High School.

“I didn’t graduate because I was doing drugs and drinking in my high school years. In 1982 I wanted to go to college so went back to continuing education to get my diploma. I went to Word Of Life Bible Institute in New York state for one year, then returned to Keene with my wife and kids and worked as a glazer for Portland Glass for 2 years. I worked for Miniature Precision Ballbearings for 25 years. I also worked in other shops as a machinist for 10 years until I retired at 65 yrs old. I am now semi-retired and work for Keene Serenity Center as a recovery coach.”

Steve visits Cheshire County House of Corrections twice a week to help prepare men for their return to the community. He links men with recovery and wellness resources. Married for 27 years, Steve has three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Steve completed a certificate management course thru James Madison University. His hobbies are fishing, woodworking, gardening.


Jake has been in recovery for 5 years, he completed the Recovery Coaching Academy series and began coaching for the Keene Serenity Center in November of 2018. He is the primary recovery coach at the Live Free Sober Living home in Keene. Jake recently launched “Recovery Rocks” at the center - a live music and open mic night every Saturday night so people can enjoy performing and experiencing live music in a substance free environment.

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Jake White

STAFF

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Jocelyn Goldblatt, Executive Director

Jocelyn joined the Keene Serenity Center in November of 2019 after completing a Master of Arts in Community Development Policy & Practice from UNH. She has an Undergraduate degree in Political Science from UMBC. She is also a veteran of the US Navy since 1999. She served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 as a Nuclear Reactor Operator & Electronics Technician. Raised in a family with a long history of trauma and addiction, Jocelyn is proud to be able to use her experiences and education to contribute to a culture of healing. Jocelyn & her family of 5 have been grateful to call Keene their home since January of 2014.

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Maggie Carolan

PRS Coordinator & Recovery Coach

Maggie has been an active volunteer and peer to the Serenity Center organization intermittently since early 2017. She has attended CCAR trainings and is a certified Recovery Coach for the Center. She is engaged in long-term recovery and is a graduate of the Cheshire County Drug Court Program. She graduated high school in 2008 and took college courses on Psychology and Liberal Arts. She has dedicated herself to becoming a part of the solution for the Opioid Addiction Crisis. She has the lived experience to help support peers and inspire them to engage in their recovery lifestyle.

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Angela McAffee

PRS Coordinator, Recovery Coach, & Family Support Speciaist