A Mother’s Mission:
Dianne Young is a mother on a mission to bring improved services to people suffering from addiction and mental health challenges. Dianne lost her son Lennon in 2013 by suicide after a long-tormented illness of schizophrenia and drug addiction. For the first few years after her son’s death, she pressed legislators for better services and even led a protest at Province House to convince lawmakers to do more to help Islanders struggling with addiction and mental health. She is convinced that lives can be saved if proper supports are put in place. She decided to go to the Diocese of Charlottetown to speak to Bishop Richard Grecco in hopes that the diocese would help to open a recovery home. At the time she was thinking of all the empty houses that were once occupied by Priests. That first meeting led to a number of subsequent meetings. Bishop Grecco’s heart was touched by Dianne’s story and struggle to help others. His heart went out to her. He was impressed by her proposal and when the former Belcourt Retreat Centre become available he offered the building to Dianne. Excited and encouraged by this fortunate development she then established the Lennon Recovery House Association. Next, she formed a Board of Directors which is now in the process of opening Lennon House. Dianne has made the most painful experience of her life, the loss of a child, into a purpose. It is her hope that Lennon House will be a place where people that struggle just as Lennon did will find healing.
Lennon Recovery House Association Inc. (“LRHA Inc.” or “Lennon House”) was established in March 2017. It is incorporated under the PEI Companies Act, Part II as a non-profit organization. It is the first non-profit in Prince Edward Island to establish a client-centered recovery home of its kind. Lennon House is located in South Rustico in the former Belcourt Centre. The location and programs meet the specific needs of persons living with and recovering from, substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Specifically designed for those who, given the opportunity, heal and thrive in a safe familial environment and an atmosphere of daily living with others in a spirit of cooperation, respect, and creativity. Lennon Recovery House Association offers a number of alternative therapies and exercises.
Lennon House is dedicated to supporting the recovery of individuals from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Lennon house will work at giving individuals new opportunities to live their life free from addiction, promote independence, encourage personal development and, most importantly, create hope.
The mission of Lennon Recovery House Association is: to provide a temporary home, in a caring, healing community for persons recovering from addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders; to foster a culture of self-respect and caring for each other in an atmosphere of compassion, responsibility, and reverence; to engage clients, staff, volunteers, and the local community in a holistic plan for healthy living.
For more information on Lennon House development Phases and Objectives, or to find out how you can get involved, contact any member of our Board of Directors.