St. Petersburg-based nonprofit Terra Nova Club, which helps people in recovery, is looking to raise $55,000 to buy its own property. The organization has set a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com, and it runs through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 2, internationally known as #GivingTuesday.
Terra Nova was founded in 1988 to ensure there is always a safe place for recovering addicts to have meetings, said Emily Morganstein, board vice president.“It has become so much more than that to the community, but now needs a stable location to put down roots,” says Morganstein, adding that the board of directors is looking forward to opening the new clubhouse and updating the organization’s focus to include education and group services for recovery from any addiction.
The clubhouse would be a “recovery hub,” fulfilling its slogan: “New land. New world. A new way to live.” Terra Nova's current center at 2927 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg hosts three dozen recovery meetings every week and offers a recreational clubhouse and drug- and alcohol-free social events. The new property, at 7550 40th St. N., Pinellas Park, is more than twice the size of their current space, and includes several meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen.
Florida State Rep. Darryl Rouson, a public advocate for addiction recovery, has endorsed the campaign. Addicts in recovery have a greater likelihood of re-engaging with family, finding housing and employment, and giving back to society, and Rouson has consistently initiated and supported ideas to improve treatment and recovery opportunities for the community.
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