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To the Journal editor:

Great Lakes Recovery Centers would like to thank the communities of Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming for their support in our latest moves and efforts to expand substance abuse and mental health services in the Upper Peninsula.

Marquette was the home of our Administrative offices for decades. Those of us in the IT, Billing, Accounting, Foundation, and Executive departments want to thank you for so graciously hosting us for so long.

With our Marquette Outpatient Services office remaining at West Ridge Street and our Adult Residential Services expanding their campus on Wright Street, GLRC looks forward to continuing our relationships with our neighbors.

Representatives from many Ishpeming organizations were on hand or reached out to welcome us when we cut the ribbon on the Tobin Building.

The home of our Administrative offices and our Ishpeming Outpatient Services office is very well known in the community and folks have been nothing but supportive. We’ve yet to meet anybody who spent their childhood in Ishpeming that didn’t see Dr. Rao in the second floor of Tobin and we intend to maintain the landmark for many years.

Negaunee actually named June 27th to be Great Lakes Recovery Centers Day in the City of Negaunee via a proclamation read by the Mayor at the Adolescent Services Center ribbon cutting ceremony last week.

It is unprecedented for so many Behavioral Health professionals to be struck dumb by anything, as we were by this token of hospitality and acceptance.

Dozens of people stopped out to see what we had done to renovate what used to be Woodland Senior Living Community including U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls. Their words of encouragement have provided us with a renewed vigor in pursuit of our mission.

The reason that we are so moved by these gestures is that, not too many years ago, it would have been very uncommon for communities to be open to clients who suffer from behavioral health disorders and those who serve them; nevermind welcoming them with open arms.

It’s inspiring to know that, in the U.P., we don’t turn our backs on each other, no matter what.

Thank you all.

Andrew Chosa