Carolers spread holiday cheer at recovery houses

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 12/17/2020, 3:06 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.) The holiday season is looking different this year with fewer gatherings and events. However, that's not stopping The P.O.R.C.H (A Product Of Addiction Treatment Services) in Traverse City from spreading holiday cheer to people in recovery houses. Employees from The P.O.R.C.H sang Christmas carols Thursday afternoon outside of Dakoske Hall, a mens residential treatment center. Matt Zerilli, The P.O.R.C.H community center manager says normally they have potlucks and other in person holiday events. While that isn't possible this year, Zerilli says they still wanted to foster a sense of community in what has been an isolating year for many people struggling with addiction and recovery. "It's been a challenging year so we wanted to do something that was a little bit out of the range of what we normally do but is socially distanced and was a way to kind of bring people together," said Zerilli. "We're trying to hit all the recovery housing in Traverse City that folks are in early recovery and just give them a little pick me up and a little gift." There will also be caroling Sunday December 20, at 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday December 22, at 6:00 p.m. Anyone who wants to participate is asked to meet at The P.O.R.C.H which is located at 1010 S. Garfield Ave. in Traverse City.


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