Shalom House honored the Portland Police Department’s Behavioral Heath Coordinator, Jo Freedman, and the Portland Recovery Community Center at their annual Shalom House Hope Awards on November 3 at Ocean Gateway. Jo Freedman received the Johnson & Korda Innovation Award for her tireless dedication to the behavioral health community and for her amazing work as the head of the Behavioral Health Unit of the Portland Police Department.
The Portland Recovery Community Center received the Joseph Brannigan Community Excellence Award for providing a safe haven for people in addiction recovery. Operated by staff and volunteers who are passionate about recovery, PRCC offers peer support to individuals who use a variety of recovery pathways. Presenters for the awards were Police Chief Michael Sauschuck and Malory Otteson Shaughnessy, Executive Director of Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services, Maine.
The Shalom House Hope Awards are named after the organization’s founders Birger Johnson and Thor and Connie Korda, who with the help of others, spearheaded the first group home in Maine, which is now part of Shalom House’s 26 properties and support services for people with serious mental illnesses.
Shalom House’s Mission: Shalom House offers hope for adults living with severe mental illness by providing an array of community-based mental health services and a choice of quality housing that help people lead stable and fulfilling lives in the community.