Founders: Gary Lamson & Charlie DeRoche
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Both Maine natives, this unlikely pair teamed up in 2011 with the goal of helping addicts and alcoholics of all different backgrounds and ideals – providing them with a safe environment to work on their sobriety. Sharing a common sponsor, they saw how the steps of AA transformed their lives, and wanted to watch others have the same experience as they did years ago. Gary stays actively involved with the house by leading discussion based group sessions, meeting with residents in a sponsorship role, and facilitating an ongoing weekly volunteer opportunity for the residents. Charlie’s legacy lives on since his passing in the fall of 2016.
Zack Thomas, Director
♦ (207)322-1315 ♦ Email Zack
36-year-old Zack grew up in the Camden/Lincolnville area of Mid-coast Maine. For over 20 years Zack struggled with substance-use, and in October of 2017 he began his journey to recovery. After completing 5 weeks of rehab at ‘The Farm’ in Limestone, Zack transitioned to Providence Place Sober Living in Portland and turned his life around. After a slow start in recovery, things progressed, and Zack was asked to be a live-in assistant manager at Providence Place. Through working with housemates, and beginning his 12th step work, he found his path. His childhood love for the outdoors has returned, becoming his place of serenity. He’s found a group of gentlemen that have a common bond and true friendship. He has become a role model for others suffering from substance use disorder and has proven he is there to help others with their journey. Zack transitioned to Director at Providence Place in December 2018 and has also become a member of the team at the new Providence Retreat in Hollis, Maine. Through his leadership around peers, AA meetings, and service, he can share his life experiences, his wisdom and show others that a sober life is possible. Life has meaning.
Jimmy M., Live-In Peer Leader
Sam E., Live-In Peer Leader
James B., Live-In Peer Leader