Bangor Area Recovery Network

142 Center Street, Brewer, Maine 04412
(207) 561-9444

Our History

Our History

Our Timeline:


  • A group of individuals concerned about the voice of recovery in the Bangor area began meeting at the Bagel Central and convened a planning retreat that established the Bangor Area Recovering Community Coalition (BARCC).
  • BARCC convened a summit on addiction recovery in September as part of National Recovery Month. The first of its kind in the State, the title of the Summit was entitled “Broadening the Base for Recovery: Promoting Recovery Pathways in the 21st Century.” With over 185 people attending, BARCC utilized feedback gathered at the Summit to develop an action plan for recovery advocacy.
  • BARCC became a Health Action Team for the Bangor Region Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB).
  • By year’s end, the Advocacy and Education Committees had begun their work on implementing its 2009 goals.  BARCC’s website was developed, featuring a comprehensive array of recovery-related information, support, and links.
  • BARCC provided technical assistance in establishing a peer recovery support group for individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment, as well as technical assistance to a local group who wish to establish the Bangor Area Recovery Network (B.A.R.N.), a local recovery center and sobriety club.


  • BARCC held its 2nd annual Summit on Addiction Recovery, “Supporting Recovery as a Community Responsibility: Together We Learn, Together We Heal” at the Bangor Civic Center.
  • BARCC piloted a peer group for individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment entitled “Medication-Assisted Peer Support” or MAPS for Recovery.  While the pilot was unsuccessful, it provided valuable lessons.
  • The Bangor Area Recovery Network, Inc., or BARN, became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
  • BARCC and BARN were being recognized throughout the state as a viable recovery community.


  • BARCC held its 3rd Annual Summit on Addiction Recovery, “Bangor Area Recovery:  It Can, Will… and Does Happen” at Penobscot County Job Corps.  This was a successful collaboration between BARCC, Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, the City of Bangor Health and Community Services, and Penobscot County Job Corps.  Job Corps students catered the event and sponsored a luncheon presentation.
  • BARN opened its community recovery center at its initial site at 611 Hammond Street in Bangor.  This pilot site proved to be an excellent opportunity to test its business model.  Some initial highlights included being open to its membership from 10am to 8pm seven days per week; having 70 various self-help meetings per month, as well as 10 additional monthly meetings of committees and coalition activities. It also held a variety of social activities including pancake breakfasts, movie nights, cribbage tournaments, game nights, and other activities.
  • Following last year’s Summit, the Bangor Area Recovering Community Coalition (BARCC) formerly merged with Bangor Area Recovery Network, Inc. (BARN).  BARN amended its bylaws to establish a Standing Committee on Advocacy and Education that supports the coalition.
  • BARN held an inaugural fundraiser, membership drive, yard sale, and other fundraising activities, all supported through volunteer efforts.
  • BARN received a two-year grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to establish a Volunteer Management Program.
  • BARCC supported Discovery House in developing Medication-Assisted Peer Support for Recovery. Discovery House has developed this program and is holding peer support meetings on-site and in the community.
  • BARN has moved to its new storefront location in the North Brewer Shopping Center at 393 N. Main Street in Brewer.


  • Ann Day become the Volunteer Coordinator
  • BARCC held its first Summit since merging with BARN, and held its 3rd Annual Summit entitled “The Secret is Out: People Do Recover” at the Brewer Auditorium.
  • BARCC collaborated with the University of Maine’s School of Social Work to conduct a study on resiliency within various populations of addiction recovery.  The results of this study documented increased resiliency in the recovery community and has been submitted for peer review and publication.
  • BARN convened a press conference to announce the preliminary results of “Resilient Recovery” and joined in statewide advocacy efforts to avoid elimination of residential substance abuse treatment. Several members of the Bangor recovery community testified at legislative budget hearings, which restored funding to the proposed services targeted for elimination.
  • BARN continued development of the recovery center and recovery support services.
  • BARN has been recognized at State, Regional, and National levels.



  • BARN identified a potential location for a permanent site for its community center.
  • BARN received the financing through Bangor Savings Bank to purchase its new home at 142 Center Street in Brewer.  The building has 8,000 square feet of space and will be able to provide all the space BARN will ever need!
  • BARN continues its strategic planning and is developing a sustainability plan.  Priorities identified include establishing operations at its new location, fundraising, and seeking bridge funding as we move toward sustainability.
  • Fonda Smith became the Volunteer Coordinator
  • BARN held its first annual “Ride for Recovery” motorcycle ride and fundraiser on September 1st to kick off National Recovery Month.  This is another first of its kind in the State of Maine, and BARN looks forward to its growing each year.
  • BARN is held its “CELEBRATING OUR JOURNEY:  The 5th Annual Summit on Summit on Addiction” at the Brewer Auditorium September 26, 2012.
  • BARN held its grand opening at its permanent home at 142 Center Street in Brewer on 12/12/12 at 12pm.old sign




  • Nescom developed a website for a semester project.
  • Started celebrated recovery day
  • 2nd Annual Ride for Recovery, with blood drive in September
  • BARN hosted a showing of the Anonymous People at Brewer Performing Arts Center
  • Families & Children Together (F.A.C.T.) Started Nurturing Parent program here at the BARN


  • Families & Children Together (F.A.C.T.) continues the Nurturing Parent program here at the BARN
  • Received Next Generation grant on August 23, 2014 which helped pay off of our mortgage, repair our roof, repave our parking lot, upgrade our website and branding and purchase our first sober recovery home.
  • 3rd Annual Ride for Recovery blood drive in September
  • Our membrane roof was repaired in October by Roof Systems of Maine
  • BARN coordinates with Penobscot County Jail to host weekly peer support meetings at the jail for both male and female populations.


  • Families & Children Together (F.A.C.T.) continues the Nurturing Parent program here at the BARN
  • Purchased a 6 bedroom 3 bath home at 10 Holyoke Street in Brewer to serve as our first sober home
  • New energy efficient light systems were installed by Yankee Electric
  • Sutherland & Weston with input from BARCC members created BARN’s new logoimage00
  • New website courtesy of Sutherland Weston
  • New Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Field started in June
  • Michael Botticelli – director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy came visit us August
  • New Trifold Brochures made with help from Sutherland & Weston
  • 4th Annual Ride for Recovery on September 19th.
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer, Page Stevens started in September.
  • THE DAY THE SILENCE ENDS, On October 4, 2015 we planned a local event to coincide with the National movement.
  • Received 2015 Agency of Distinction from WLBZ 2 Those Who Care Award
  • BARN hosted a Domestic Violence Awareness Day on Tuesday, October 20th
  • BARN participated in “Heron Alert Program” put on By Brewer Police Department, and Brewer School System.