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, she 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 hope 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 Priest’s . After that first meeting they had a number of meetings, Bishop Grecco’s heart was touched and 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. She then established the Lennon Recovery House Association, 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 locale and the program meet specific needs of persons living with and recovering from substance abuse and subsequent mental illness. It is especially designed for those who 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.
THE VISION OF LENNON RECOVERY HOUSE ASSOCIATION
Lennon House is dedicated to supporting the recovery of individuals from substance abuse and subsequent mental health challenges. 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
The mission of Lennon Recovery House Association is: to provide a temporary home, in a caring, healing community for persons recovering from substance abuse issues and subsequent mental illness; 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 our Board of Directors.