Recovery Month – Gaithersburg

Recovery Month

At its meeting on September 6 the Mayor and City Council declared September, 2016 as Alcohol and Drug Addiction/Mental Health Recovery Month. Gaithersburg owns and operates Wells/Robertson House, a 14-bed transitional housing program for homeless men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and DeSellum House, which offers transitional housing for Wells graduates. Activities throughout the month highlight the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and/or substance use disorders. Learn more here.

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877


film chats

Introducing On Our Own of Maryland’s latest educational opportunity! “Film Chats” Documentary screenings and facilitated discussions regarding recovery.

June 25th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

The 90- minute workshop titled “Film Chats,” is a combination documentary screening and facilitated discussion. It’s a great opportunity to learn new information, share ideas, and learn from each other.

Film is a powerful medium that inspires, informs, and can influence us to make positive changes in our lives. It can also be a great catalyst for discussion, providing a rich opportunity to discuss not only the film, but its applicability to our lives.

The Empowerment Partnership Project has combed through countless documentaries about recovery and resilience, and has selected several that are inspiring, provocative, informative, and helpful.



On Saturday 6/18 at 3:30pm Steven Sabados will hold a jam session “Beats, Rhymes, and Recovery” at the Center. Also on Saturday we will be hosting a CPR class given by Recovery Partners Montgomery. SIGN UP HERE

On Wednesday 6/22 we will hold our Annual Meeting at the Center. Members in good standing who attend OOOMC at least 1x per month are welcome to participate in voting for nominees Bob Walsh, Fran Resignato, Curtis Terrell, & Matt Clune. Bob Walsh is a long time OOOMC member and consumer advocate. Fran Resignato is an active member of the Center who consistently contributes to the wellness of the Center. Curtiss Terrell is a WRAP facilitator, an advocate for consumer rights, and works for the Veterans Administration. Matt Clune works for SAMSHA and consistently supports consumer rights.

Prior to the Annual Meeting, author of Better Days and international speaker Craig Lewis will speak about his published work and his life experiences.

On Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th Lauren Grimes from On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. will lead two workshops – “Storytelling for Advocates” on Friday and
“Film Chats” on Saturday. Please contact the Center at for more information



Introducing another educational opportunity from On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. titled “Storytelling for Advocates.”

It is a 90 minute workshop interactive workshop designed to prepare peers and advocates to share their personal stories and recovery experiences with a wide array of audiences in order to combat stigma in their communities, impact change in their service systems, and to provide hope to those who are struggling.

June 24th from 1:00-2:30pm
On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Sharing our stories of lived experience in order to inspire and provide hope to others is at the heart of peer support as well as a driving force in personal recovery. It is also a way to effectively educate our communities and policy-makers about the concept of recovery, and illustrate what helps to support recovery and what creates barriers.

“Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Want to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story.”

-Janet Litherland

Please Join us in learning the art and skill of storytelling!