1.7 min readBy Published On: May 5th, 2012Categories: Features3 Comments on Get involved

Looking to get involved and help build a healthier and safer South Boston?  The South Boston Collaborative Advisory Network (CAN) and South Boston Hope & Recovery want you to join their efforts.  These two collaborating coalitions want to help in the efforts of a task force to address issues of substance abuse and its consequences in South Boston.
Emerging from committees of concerned non-profit agencies and residents, CAN and Hope & Recovery have expanded into coalitions that are representative of the entire community.  This includes: The Boston Police Department, The South Boston Probation Department, parents, religious members, treatment providers, local businesses, youth serving organizations and the youth they serve.  Each of these coalitions meets monthly at The South Boston Community Health Center located at 386 West Broadway, South Boston. 

For the month of May, our meeting times will be:
Tuesday, May 15th at 1:00pm: South Boston Collaborative Advisory Network (CAN)
Wednesday, May 16th at 6:00pm: South Boston Hope & Recovery Coalition

South Boston Collaborative Advisory Network (CAN) was formed in 1998 in the wake of South Boston’s teen suicide cluster. CAN projects target the gateway substances: alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. The main goal is to prevent/postpone use of these substances among youth aged 10 – 18 years old through environmental strategies to reduce alcohol access, educate youth and the public on the health risks of marijuana, and break through the embedded community culture that supports the use of these substances.

The South Boston Hope and Recovery Coalition was formed in 2002 through the initiative of the South Boston Association of Non-Profits and concerned residents to assist the community wide efforts to address the alarming and constant growth of substance abuse and addiction in the South Boston Community. At the Coalition’s inception, concerned residents and service providers convened with the goal of identifying promising methods of engaging the community to identify and intervene in those accepted norms which contribute to the problem of substance abuse and to advocate for treatment services.


  1. Kathleen Bitetti May 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

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  2. Gina Melchione May 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I really want to get involved in the postpone/ prevent substance abuse. Where do I go? What do I do? Willing to help as a person in recovery who has had lots of experience. I love to share my strength & Hope. Please get back to me A.S.A.P. I would like to go to both meetings. Thank you.

  3. Megan Lee May 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Each of these coalitions meets monthly at The South Boston Community Health Center located at 386 West Broadway, South Boston.


    That is very nice of you :)

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