Turning Point Center of Addison County is located on 54 A Creek Road next to the recreation center in Middlebury, VT. Turning Point Center is part of the Vermont Recovery Network (VRN), a system of 9 member and 3 affiliate peer recovery centers that focus on support for individuals and their families seeking recovery from substance use disorder and other addictions. It is the only statewide substance use disorder recovery system in the country.
Our recovery support services help people rebuild their lives and become productive and engaged members of society. Volunteers and staff provide peer support, evidence-based services, educational programs, and recovery training in a safe and supportive environment. The Center is staffed by trained, knowledgeable people with a vested interest in recovery–primarily volunteers–who can connect individuals to appropriate community resources and offer one-to-one support. Turning Point Center regularly collaborates with other community organizations in an effort to help reduce redundancy of current community programs and provide the widest possible range of services and supports.
Our Center often serves as the front door for addiction treatment. Our dedicated staff help people get into recovery while they’re waiting to get into treatment. A third of the people coming to the centers start their recovery without treatment, while many others receive support before, during, and after treatment.
Funding for Turning Point Center is an investment in reducing incarceration, recidivism and other social expenses. Perhaps most importantly it is an investment in our future and quality of life. At current funding levels, keeping just one person out of prison for a year nearly pays for one center’s entire annual state grant. Our need for more funding support from our community has grown tremendously over the years as the depth of, and demand for, our services has increased.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, our center depends on donations and grants to continue offering free programs and supports.
Donations are always welcome. Recovery from substance use disorder and addictive behavior is a community investment, and your help is always needed and appreciated.
Will Porter is a family physician who has worked in Addison County since 1999. Since 2014 his practice has been devoted exclusively to medication assisted treatment. Will’s goal is to promote prevention and recovery from substance use in our community. He views the Turning Point Center as critical to fostering a thriving and resilient Addison County.
A 1984 graduate of Middlebury College, Will is grateful for the opportunity to live, work and raise his children here.
Danielle is a native of Mount Desert Island, Maine. She moved to Addison County in August of 2016. Danielle completed her bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services with an Addiction focus through the University of Maine at Augusta in August 2017. She participated in a two-semester senior internship with WomenSafe in Middlebury as a domestic and sexual violence advocate. She has continued to work with Womensafe as a part-time advocate. She is currently employed at the Addison County Restorative Justice Services as the Court Diversion, Driving License Suspended, and Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program. She is in the process of achieving her Master of Art in Restorative Justice through Vermont Law School. She currently lives in Vergennes with her two-year-old daughter. They continue to enjoy exploring the natural beauty that Vermont has to offer.
Bob Donnis is a retired Bristol resident after a career at IBM, and then Efficiency Vermont. Bob volunteers in Addison County (Turning Point Center, AC Committee on Substance Use and Prevention, United Way). Bob is also a member of the Mt Health Center Board. Bob has witnessed the impact of addiction to family and friends. He has seen that, although difficult, recovery is achievable. People can recover their lives. Bob is committed to helping the Turning Point Center assist people obtain and maintain their recovery.
Mary Benton has lived full time in Addison County since 1998, relocating with her family from Northeastern Ohio. On receiving a special education degree with a focus on emotional disabilities from Kent State University, her professional experience has been working with secondary level students. She has had the privilege of teaching within alternative education in Vermont for the past 20 years.
Peer based recovery from addiction is at the heart of personal and professional importance to her. Her experience grounds her in appreciation for all that the Turning Point exemplifies. It is with pleasure that she is able to work with like-minded people to serve Addison County in this capacity.
Linda Andrews is a retired women’s health care nurse practitioner with a master’s in public health. She was raised in Middlebury and graduated from Middlebury Union High School and UVM’s Nursing Program. She later received her master’s degree from UCLA. Linda has been working as a public health nurse for 41 years, working both nationally and internationally. For the last 15 years, she has designed and managed national family Planning and HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. She established the first peer-support groups for HIV/AIDS-positive, pregnant women and their families in Uganda and Tanzania. When she returned to Vermont, she was inspired by a physician in Brandon who was providing MAT. She realized that she had been dealing with some of the same issues abroad as those that occur with substance-use disorders (SUD) (stigma, shame, adherence to treatment, need for life-long support groups, management of pregnancy and childbirth. As a result, she decided to devote her time and energy to strengthening Vermont’s response to the opioid crisis. She helped to organize a Bristol educational forum on SUD, became a member of the Addison County Substance Use and Prevention Committee and the VT Governor’s subcommittee on Intervention, Treatment and Recovery. When Turning Point Center of Addison County was looking for board members, she decided to apply. Linda is also a member of the Porter Hospital Patient Family Advisory Committee, a Patient Support Volunteer in the Emergency Department, an Addison County Hospice Volunteer and Democratic Town Chair of Bristol.
Office: (802) 388-4249
Cell: (802) 234-1613
Originally from Exeter NH and now residing in Middlebury VT, Justin Bouchard is the program/media coordinator at Turning Point Center of Addison County. Justin identified Turning Point as a recovery home upon his arrival in Vermont, and began volunteering about a year and a half later. Valuing the culture of peer recovery, wishing to further his understanding of peer recovery work, and fulfill his desire to help others find recovery, Justin made the decision to move away from his career in carpentry and take a full-time position with Turning Point.
When not updating Turning Point’s Facebook, chatting programs, or getting new volunteers up to speed, you might find Justin spending time with his girlfriend, walking his dog, gaming, or on a pair of skates.
Office: (802) 388-4249
Cell: (802) 377-3188
Johny has been actively involved in the Turning Point community since he moved to Vermont in 2018 to be a resident and novice priest at the Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community in Cornwall. He co-facilitates the Mindful Recovery group at Turning Point and has substantial experience as a recovery coach. Along with his work at Turning Point, he is the program manager for a weekly community meal in Rutland and plays and sings original music several times a month at Project Independence.
Office: (802) 388-4249
Talena Jestice is the bookkeeper and office manager at Turning Point Center of Addison County. With a background in bookkeeping and file systems implementation, Talena prefers to remain mostly behind the scenes, keeping things running smoothly from payroll to bill pay and thank you notes to file management.
On her days off, Talena’s inclination toward the quiet life persist. When not tending her plants or exploring her collection of stamps, you might find her on a trail hike around Middlebury.