Maxwell House 26th Anniversary Celebration

May 21, 2018

(L-R): Marta Durkin, Vice President of Behavioral Healthcare at Liberty Resources; Rev. Stuart C. Wattles of the First Presbyterian Church accepting the James Pronteau Jr. Community Service Award; Maxwell House Program Manager Jim Strail; and Liberty Resources Director Behavioral Health Melissa Jillson.

The 26th anniversary celebration for the Maxwell House community was held May 17th at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneida, NY. The inspirational event honored various members of the recovery community, alumni, staff and residents. This year’s recipient of the Jim Pronteau Service Award was the First Presbyterian Church in Oneida for the support they have provided over the years.

“We are proud to present this year’s Pronteau Community Service Award to the First Presbyterian Church in appreciation for their many years of support. The First Presbyterian Church community has been a wonderful neighbor to our program,” said Marta Durkin, Vice President of Behavioral Healthcare at Liberty Resources.

The James Pronteau Jr. Community Service Award was created to memorialize and honor Jim’s service to the field, his selflessness, and unwavering commitment to the people we serve. Jim was a recipient of residential services at Maxwell House. He accepted an AmeriCorps Volunteer position where he provided recovery support to residents. Once he graduated from the AmeriCorps program, Jim went on to become an Assistant Supervisor at Maxwell House. Jim used his personal experience with addiction to help and support others.

The annual anniversary event is an opportunity for clients, employees and community members to come together to celebrate the incredible stories of resiliency, hope, and strength that occur through the recovery process.

Founded in 1991, Maxwell House is a community residence licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) that serves men in early recovery. Liberty Resources staff provides counseling and supportive services to help residents fulfill their service plan goals and empower them to make life choices that promote and sustain stable housing options conducive towards their recovery and health.