February 2023 | Issue 28
The TriCircle Connection
We inspire families and individuals to overcome the disease of
addiction by creating real, long-term solutions!
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The best thing about the future is that it comes
one day at a time!

-Abraham Lincoln


169 Colony Street
Second Floor, Room 28
Meriden, CT 06451

We are pleased to be located inside the Women and Families Center. This will allow for wonderful opportunities for us to expand the reach of our resources and support services as we cultivate this collaborative partnership. This location also provides increased accessibility with bus and train stops close by.

Together WE are Stronger!
From the Desk of Ana Gopoian

Life on Life's Terms

The following article was contributed to the NCLAP.org website by two different North Carolina attorneys. Since I couldn't have said
it better myself, I am putting it out
there for you as is!

"Living life on life’s terms means living through life’s circumstances as they are. When life knocks you down, you get up, brush yourself off and keep moving on. You may be angry, upset, and disappointed, but you can’t stay that way for long because life moves on. You’ve got to go through what you’ve got to go through in order to get to where you’re going. One day at a time experiences during 29 years of recovery has confirmed that I can live through the hard times and come out the better for them. Life’s terms are God’s terms. My terms are limited and temporary. God’s terms are comprehensive and lasting. I no longer go for the quick fixes that don’t last and often set me back. By going through what I have to go through, I accept that God is in charge and that He has a plan and purpose for my life, the totality of which is incomprehensible to me. I believe living life on life’s terms leads me to my true purpose and destiny; I believe it will for you as well."

Another lawyer writes:

"As an adult, and, especially as an attorney, it seems like there are always more difficult responsibilities, and day to day challenges can become even harder at certain times.

Perhaps it involves keeping appointments, or, at least, calling the day before to cancel or reschedule if we can’t fit it in. Perhaps it includes picking up phone calls, even when we know the caller might be requesting something of us that we’re not excited about doing.

Maybe it means making difficult deadlines or just doing all of the mundane, repetitive tasks (buying groceries, paying bills, doing laundry, etc.) that we all need to do on a regular basis. It probably includes all of these and much more. In fact, it includes whatever life throws at you that you can’t anticipate and aren’t prepared to deal with. Instead of going and hiding our heads in the sand or curling up into a ball, we need to deal with life as sober people and professionals.

Life on life’s terms means all that day-to-day stuff, but it especially means facing the unexpected speed bumps in life, no matter how intimidating they may be. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop throwing curve balls. In these unprecedented and trying times, it is important to remember that we are all in the same metaphorical boat and must continue to take life as it comes and handle it the best way we can. And, if for some reason, we absolutely can’t handle it on our own, there is always a helping hand out there for all of us."

Sometimes it is one day at a time, sometimes one minute, sometimes one breath! Take life as it comes; live it with purpose and always remember you are not alone. Together WE are Stronger!
Our January Spotlight
Maria Campos-Harlow
Collaboration is Key

Maria Campos-Harlow is the Executive Director of United Way of Meriden and Wallingford. Her first experience in the non-profit world was as a volunteer, and, more than a decade later, she enjoys a career that she is very passionate about. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in all areas of non-profit management. She particularly loves working on community outreach and creating strong collaborative initiatives.

Recently, UWMW provided $10,000 in funding to a TriCircle program dedicated to treating people in Meriden's workforce who are affected by substance use disorders and the disease of addiction. The initiative is designed to encourage and support motivated individuals to get into their upskilling career path to earn a stronger income to better support their families.

United Way of Meriden and Wallingford’s “United We Power Our Workforce” initiative came to fruition after conducting a series of focus groups with stakeholders: community nonprofit partners, local funders, community leaders, and corporate partners. The topic around local “workforce” was consistently mentioned moving United Way into their new community impact area.

Like TriCircle, United Way understands that something must be done to bring struggling families to a comfortable position. Participants from this program will transition from unemployment and underemployment to full, sustained employment. United Way’s Workforce Navigators acknowledge the need for a range of supportive, wraparound services to keep participants focused. The approach will be individualized, and the timeline will be different for each participant. TriCircle is extremely proud to be part of this vital United Way initiative in their new space within the Women and Families Center in Meriden.

Maria has been recognized with numerous awards for her commitment to creating opportunities to improve the lives of Latinos in the Greater Meriden and Wallingford areas.

Maria is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. She lives in Wallingford with her husband John and their daughter Fiona.

Together WE are Stronger!
2022 Save the Dates
Stay tuned as we look forward
to launching our new website
and releasing our 2023
calendar of events real soon!

Join us for card games and fun at our
new temporary Setback location at Bergen House!

Homemade Ginger Ale
is a house specialty at Bergen!
Then, sometime in March, we will be back at our regular location below, stay tuned!


Together WE are Stronger!
TriCircle is looking for people who are action oriented and passionate about our cause, or have a need for community service hours, to work with the Scholarship Committee or the Fundraising & Events Advisory Board. We welcome you to join us for the Fundraising & Events meetings on the last Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm at TriCircle's new office location.
Please contact: danielle@tricircle.org for
information about joining Fundraising & Events!

Also, stay tuned for information on when and where our next Scholarship Committee meeting will take place! If you are interested in honoring your loved one through our TriCircle Scholarship, please inquire about making a donation or joining the committee by contacting Trish Williams at trishawills@aol.com.

TheCharityChallenge.net is looking for a volunteer coordinator for its Twisted Trails 5K Color Run at Tamarack Lodge in Voluntown, CT. If you have experience in event planning or volunteer coordination and you are willing and able to help, we would love to hear from you!
The proceeds from this event benefit TriCircle and four other
CT nonprofits. To learn more contact Ceci at: cecischaritychallenge@gmail.com

Changes to our Support Group Meetings will begin Thursday, February 2nd. Hope & Support and Hope After Loss will occur on Thursday/Monday evening rotating between Putnam, Somers and Meriden locations. Zoom options will continue to be available. Please email Ana for more details!
Hope & Support Groups provide a safe and confidential space for parents, guardians and others who are concerned about a loved one's substance use or addiction. All are welcomed and encouraged to utilize these services at not cost.
Hope After Loss Groups offer a place where everyone understands. There is no judgment or blame, but rather support and understanding. Join us as we work together on this journey of healing.
Free Yoga Classes
are coming to our new location at:
169 Colony Street
Second Floor, Room 28
Meriden, CT 06451
Join us on the last Saturday of every month at 10:00 am all the way through February, March, April and May! Come enjoy some "me time" as you relax, unwind and center. Courtesy of Toni McGovern of Inner Balance Living in Wallingford. Toni is a certified yoga instructor and holistic health coach.

Your input is greatly appreciated!

If any of our readers know of an organization, group or idea that will add strength, availability and reach
to our collaborations and services, please
reach out to us at info@tricircle.org.

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