The Council on Chemical Abuse opened the new RISE Center in downtown Reading, with a ribbon cutting on September 12 followed by a Grand Opening on September 14. RISE (Recovery – Information – Support – Education) is a new facility that provides space for meetings, activities, programs and events to support individuals in recovery and their families. Located in the newly renovated ground floor of the Big Mill Apartments on 702 N. 8th St. in Reading, RISE opened with a full slate of activities already planned. Those include exercise and mindfulness classes, programs on nutrition, recovery meetings and more.
The Ribbon Cutting was attended by about 100 people including state, county and local officials. Speakers included Secretary for PA Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith, PA Senator Judy Schwank, Berks Co. Commissioners Christian Leinbach and Kevin Barnhardt and Berks Co. DA John Adams, among others. The Grand Opening celebration drew another crowd of about 100 people who came out to tour the new facility.