The January 4, 2022 luncheon meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) featured the Program Director for Divided Sky Foundation, Melanie Gulde, speaking to Rotarians and guests about plans for the future drug and alcohol recovery program on Fox Lane. 
 
The Divided Sky Foundation, founded by Trey Anastasio, purchased the facility in Ludlow.  Anastasio of the band Phish, himself 15 years sober, launched the Divided Sky Foundation to deliver help to those affected by substance use. Vermont, his adopted home state, is a natural place to begin this chapter of his own giving back.  Divided Sky is dedicated to delivering quality care and compassionate programming to those affected by alcoholism and addiction.
 
Acquiring the facility site was the first step in a plan that includes building renovations and program development. The program is tentatively slated to open by the end of 2022.  Objections from neighbors have delayed the opening as planned.  
 
The purchase was made possible in part by funds raised in 2020 during Anastasio’s The Beacon Jams, an eight-week virtual residency presented live from New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre.  Donations were encouraged throughout the run, with fans ultimately contributing more than $1.2 million.
 
“Alcohol is an addiction that seems to be overlooked at times.  95,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.” said Gulde.  She emphasized that addiction to alcohol is the most prevalent addiction facing our society. 
 
The program’s goal: to be a local asset for giving back to the community. The non-profit program plans to serve people from all income levels. Care services being planned include maintaining recovery, with plans and programs tailored to individual guests’ needs. In addition, the program plans to offer job training and workforce reintegration. Education opportunities are planned to prepare guests who need them with certification in skills and trades.
Gulde provided a tour of the facility after the formal meeting.
 
If you or someone you know needs help for a substance use disorder, contact SAMHSA.gov or call 800-662-HELP (4357) to find a treatment center near you.
Anyone interested in learning more about joining Rotary is invited to contact Kevin Barnes, Membership Chairman at (802) 228-8877, to receive an invitation to a meeting.
 
Pictured here, left to right, Melanie Gulde, Program Director, Divided Sky Foundation is being introduced to the Club by Rotarian Art Randolph, President of the Ludlow Rotary Club.