Second Wind Foundation

Formerly known as Upper Valley Substance Abuse Foundation

Posted on 12/09/2017
Posted by Hypertherm

Their mission:

Develop, improve and expand the availability of programs that advance recovery by making use of the unique experience of people who are in recovery themselves, in cooperation with a variety of recovery programs, as well as medical, social services and corrections professionals. 

The Second Wind Foundation began as the Turning Point Club, a place for Alcoholics Anonymous members to meet and gather between meetings. The program’s success and increasing community need led to a decision to expand the club. The group secured a larger facility allowing it to support more people and provide a safe meeting place for a variety of recovery groups. Today, the Second Wind Foundation operates two separate support facilities. The original Turning Point Club, now called Upper Valley Turning Point, and Willow Grove, a separate transitional facility for women in recovery.

About their programs:

The Upper Valley Turning Point is a community center for people in recovery from addiction and addictive behavior. They are located off Route 5 at the Wilder/Norwich border and are available 7 days a week at zero cost to visitors. The center offers a fully staffed substance free recreation facility including meeting rooms, a lounge area, library, public access computers, wi-fi, television, a pool table and a full kitchen.  Recovery meetings include Alcoholics Anonymous, Al Anon Family Groups, Narcotics Anonymous, All Recovery Group, Smoking Cessation and special interest groups to enhance recovery. Two additional support groups are:                

  • Wit’s End is a support group for family members challenged by addictive behavior of an adolescent or young adult.
  • Making Change is a support group for high school-aged young people who are considering or committed to recovery from alcohol or another drug dependency.

Willow Grove is a supportive transitional residence for women in recovery. The goal of the Willow Grove program is for women to strengthen the foundation of their recovery and to move toward independent productive lives. There is a minimum 30 days of sobriety for admission and the average length of stay is 3 to 6 months.

About the HOPE Foundation and Hypertherm’s involvement:

The HOPE Foundation has funded the Second Wind Foundation in support of their Willow Grove transitional housing for women in early recovery. This housing allows for a space so the women in recovery can have their children living with them. Staff was available 24 hours per day on an on-call basis and each woman who lived there has a case management counselor to help them receive training and employment. 

For more information visit their website or call (802)295-5206.

The community center is open to anyone:

  • beginning at 8:30 a.m. weekdays until 7:30 or 9 p.m.
  • Sundays from 11 to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday hours vary depending on if there is a volunteer or scheduled event.  

Volunteer opportunities: 

Hypertherm Associates in recovery can volunteer at the center. There are also opportunities for other Associates who may want to lead meditation, yoga, mindfulness, or some other activity to support visitors to the center who are in recovery. If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more information, contact syoung@secondwindfound.org

Posted on 12/09/2017
Posted by Hypertherm