On Thursday July 21, 2022, the SSTAR Care Community Partners Community Advisory Board held a book launch to introduce One Cup at a Time: Recipes for Recovery. Over the past year, the CAB along with our amazing staff authored this cookbook, full of wonderful recipes born of experiences related to mental health and substance use struggles and triumphs. It is difficult to put into words how proud we are of the CAB and their efforts, and how impactful their work as an extension of SSTAR has been.
About the CAB: The SSTAR Care Community Partners Community Advisory Board is made up of members from our program and the local community. The intent of the CAB has always been to recognize our members as experts on their respective communities and offer a valuable platform for conversation, furthering SSTAR’s mission of healing the community, one person at a time.
From Linda Barros, Director of the Office of CHWs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: “CONGRATULATIONS on publishing a book, that I believe is as rich in knowledge, precious in practicality and diverse as you all are in Fall River; a city dear to my heart, where I can find the best and delicious food in the world, a culturally rich community, and where I can freely speak Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole and practice my conversational Spanish languages! I am so proud of you all my friends.”
From Amy DaSilva, CAB member: “CAB changed my whole outlook on myself. I had people, amazing people, around me who thought I was also amazing. CAB is definitely the gift my higher power sent me. CAB got me off my couch, the people in it wanted my opinion, and I started gaining my confidence back. I have met some of the most special people between Care Coordinators and CAB. And they actually helped me to be ready to apply to jobs and now be working full-time and liking my job. To have people, good supportive people, in my corner is one of the greatest gifts.”
One Cup at a Time: Recipes for Recovery is available for sale to the public at Barnes & Noble and Amazon through Doorlight Publications.