8 Oaks Recovery Opens Sober Living Facility on 68-Acre Farm

 8 Oaks Recovery’s live-in treatment program is now accepting patients. The sober living facility is housed in a rustic cabin located on a 68-acre farm in West Point, Tennessee. The facility offers a unique treatment experience in a relaxing rural setting that blends Christian pastoral counseling with clinical therapy.

The program serves adult males ages 18-65 who are battling substance abuse issues. The program welcomes participants from across southern middle Tennessee as well as Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Participants can choose between 30-,60-, and 90-day live-in options.

The 8 Oaks treatment approach offers a unique blend of Christian teaching and pastoral care combined with clinical supervision and oversight. The treatment follows a structured and individualized approach that includes guided group and individual therapy with licensed, Christian drug and alcohol counselors; licensed mental health therapists; and experienced pastoral care.

In 2012, Lead Pastor of United Church David Morgan began helping those suffering from substance abuse disorder in the local church and community. Morgan’s one-on-one discipleship and counseling led to the formation of 8 Oaks.

Reverend Morgan’s program was successful from the beginning, and soon a volunteer team was formed to meet growing number of requests for help. This growth led to the formation of 8 Oaks Recovery, Inc. In the years that followed, the treatment program expanded and continues expanding today.

Support for 8 Oaks extends beyond the local community. The program has also received the support of country music artist and philanthropist Darryl Worley along with the financial backing of the Darryl Worley Foundation. The foundation supports organizations that help people and communities in need.

“I’m very happy to be a part of 8 Oaks’ effort to help people fight addiction,” Worley said. “Helping others free themselves from addiction means a lot to me. I’ve seen these issues within my own family, and I want to help others get their life back.”

The 8 Oaks is Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited and Veterans Affairs (VA) contracted. The program can accept most private HMO and PPO insurance and VA referrals. Cash payment options are also available.

Learn more about 8 Oaks Recovery or get help by calling 931-903-2500. You can also visit their website at www.The8Oaks.com.

About 8 Oaks Recovery, Inc.: 8 Oaks Recovery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering 30-, 60- and 90-day, Christian-based, intensive outpatient and sober living treatment located in West Point, Tennessee.

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John Brooks Recovery Center expands Outpatient Services

JBRC offers outpatient services in Pleasantville and Atlantic City.

JBRC expands its outpatient services.

JBRC expands its outpatient services.

MAYS LANDING, N.J.Oct. 18, 2021PRLog — John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC) is now expanding its Outpatient Services at 660 Black Horse Pike in Pleasantville and 1931 Bacharach Boulevard in Atlantic City. JBRC provides a full array of treatment services for individuals suffering from substance use disorders, including alcohol, cocaine, amphetamine and opioid use disorders. All admissions take place in Pleasantville – Monday through Friday from 6am to 5pm and Monday through Saturday from 5pm to 11pm. Intake appointments can now be scheduled by calling 609-345-2020, ext. 6182, 6180 or 6179.

“JBRC is committed to saving lives, spreading awareness and being a one-stop recovery provider and resource,” said Michael Santillo, CEO of JBRC. “Our goal is to provide a full continuum of care for individuals suffering from substance use disorders regardless of financial circumstance or socio-economic background. If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, please don’t hesitate to call us today.”

The mission of JBRC is to provide the highest quality, evidence-based treatment services to help individuals overcome substance use disorders regardless of financial circumstance or socio-economic background. JBRC offers the following outpatient programs: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Traditional Outpatient Program (OP), Opioid Treatment Program (OTP), Primary Health Care (PHC) and Recovery Community Center (RCC). “We are pleased to be the only recovery center in the area that addresses the whole person,” Santillo added.

IOP treatment includes individual, group and family counseling, didactic education classes, gender specific counseling services, co-occurring services, care coordination, childcare, transportation and lunch/dinner. Day and evening services are available and are provided three days a week, three hours per day.

OP provides a combination of individual, group and family counseling designed for individuals who can pursue recovery goals with minimal support. Day and evening services are available.

OTP provides all three FDA approved Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) – methadone, Suboxone/buprenorphine, and Vivitrol/naltrexone. Individual, group and family counseling, didactic education classes, co-occurring services, care coordination, childcare, and transportation are provided in combination with MAT. Through JBRC’s Expanded Hours Program services are available Monday through Saturday 6am to 12pm and 5pm to 11pm.

JBRC is now leading the Primary Health Care and Opioid Treatment Initiative, funded through a five-year grant from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). JBRC’s goal is to integrate primary health care with substance use disorder treatment by providing medical preventive, diagnostic, treatment, management, and reassessment services with a strong focus on HIV/Hepatitis C prevention and treatment. The PHC also offers office based Opioid Treatment providing Suboxone/buprenorphine, and Vivitrol/naltrexone.

Founded in 2019, All Roads Recovery is the community-based recovery arm of John Brooks Recovery Center serving anyone struggling with a substance use disorder as they journey toward sustained recovery. RCC provides peer-to-peer recovery support services including individualized recovery coaching services, recovery management check-ups, recovery-related workshops, mutual-help support groups: opioid overdose education and prevention, housing and employment assistance, and social and recreational events and activities.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, please call JBRC today. For Residential Programs – Residential Detox/Withdrawal Management, Short-term Residential or Long-term Residential, please call 609-345-0110. For Outpatient Programs – Opioid Treatment Program, Intensive Outpatient Program or Standard Outpatient Program, please call 609-345-2020, extension 6182, 6180 or 6179.

About John Brooks Recovery Center

Founded in 1969, John Brooks Recovery Center provides quality, individualized treatment services to help individuals overcome substance use disorders. Programs include: Residential, Outpatient, Medication-assisted Recovery, Detox and Inmate Re-entry. To learn more, visit jbrcnj.org or visit them on Facebook @JohnBrooksRecoveryCenter.

About All Roads Recovery Community Center

All Roads Recovery Community Center, the community-based recovery arm of JBRC, helps anyone struggling with addiction navigate their next steps on the journey to recovery. All Roads currently offers a wide variety of Recovery Groups, as well as one-on-one coaching with Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS). To learn more, visit allroadsrecovery.org, call 609-457-1080 or visit them on Facebook @AllRoadsRCC.

Canada – Recovery Centre Coming to Nunavut 

Many Nunavummiut live with unresolved trauma and grief, due to events such as the impacts of historical and intergenerational trauma as a result of colonialization. Treatment based on Inuit cultural values, practices and knowledge are the foundations on which healing can begin.

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Friday, August 13th, 2021 — Iqaluit, Nunavut — Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Indigenous Services Canada

Many Nunavummiut  live with unresolved trauma and grief, due to events such as the impacts of historical and intergenerational trauma as a result of colonialization. Treatment based on Inuit cultural values, practices and knowledge are the foundations on which healing can begin.

Today, the Minister of Northern Affairs, Daniel Vandal, alongside the Government of Nunavut’s Minister of Health, Lorne Kusugak, and the President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Aluki Kotierk, announced $41.7 million in funding being finalized for the construction of the Nunavut Recovery Centre.  This funding is the result of a strong tripartite partnership represented by a newly signed and endorsed contribution agreement from all parties, and the signed Memorandum of Understanding by the Nunavut Partnership Table on Health.

The Nunavut Recovery Centre will provide a range of treatment and healing interventions that will address both substance use and trauma, and will be founded and developed based on Inuit cultural practices and values.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #21 called upon the federal government to ensure the funding of healing centres in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. The Qikiqtani Truth Commission has further called on Canada and Nunavut to ensure that health, social and education services are available equivalent to those outside of Inuit Nunangat.

The realization of the Nunavut Recovery Centre is an integral part of a system wide Three-Pillar approach that also includes on-the-land treatment in all three regions of Nunavut and healing, and support to increase Inuit workforce development and capacity. The work to formalize these agreements builds on the approach developed from a feasibility study endorsed by the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, other Nunavut Partners and the Government of Canada in February 2018. Located in Iqaluit, Nunavut, the centre will be connected to services and community supports across the territory.

The Contribution Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding, which outlined the roles and responsibilities for the construction and ongoing operations of the Nunavut Recovery Centre, are a result of extensive discussions at the Nunavut Partnership Table on Health and build on the Joint Declaration of Intent outlining the roles and responsibilities of each member of the Nunavut Partnership Table on Health for the construction and ongoing operations of the Nunavut Recovery Centre.

The leadership demonstrated by the Nunavut Partnership Table on Health ensures that services will be Inuit-led and informed that builds on cultural strengths and Inuit societal values. The Joint Declaration of Intent, signed by all three parties in August 2019, outlines the commitment of all partners to support Inuit in defining and taking action on their health priorities, and promotes culturally relevant approaches which are informed by strong partnerships at the community and territorial level.

The Government of Canada is deeply committed to a renewed Inuit-Crown relationship to make progress on the issues that are most important, including health and wellness. 

“This partnership will lead to comprehensive addictions treatment that integrates both cultural and clinical healing practices that allow Nunavummiut to receive treatment closer to home. The Nunavut Recovery Centre will ensure that Inuit Qaujimajatuqanngit are prioritized in the delivery of addiction treatment services for our citizens and will further the government’s goal to provide crucial in-territory care.”

The Honourable Lorne Kusugak

Nunavut Minister of Health

”We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Federal and Territorial Governments, in the true spirit of partnership and reconciliation, to address the need for a system-wide approach to substance use and trauma treatment in Nunavut. Our focus for the Nunavut Recovery Centre is to ensure it is grounded in Inuit language and culture, with strong linkages to community-based on-the-land programming, that we prioritize Inuit workforce development, and that supports continue for recovery and healing for Inuit in Nunavut.”

Aluki Kotierk

President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

“Over the past number of months, even through this unprecedented global pandemic, we have been working diligently in partnership with the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated to progress the plans for the construction and establishment of the Nunavut Recovery Centre. This centre will be far greater than the walls that build it; it will represent the importance of culturally safe healing, the dedication toward reconciliation, and the imperative role of treatments based in Inuit traditions. We are hopeful this centre will provide a place for Inuit seeking treatment opportunities and to know that they’re not alone in their journey.”

The Honourable Marc Miller, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Indigenous Services

“Guided by the principles of the Arctic and Northern Policy Framework, the Government of Canada considers land, community and healing inextricably bound and that this relationship is vital to support the growth of families and communities in the North. The Recovery Centre in Nunavut will allow for healing to take place on the land and this centre will have Inuit culture and values at its core. This investment is a commitment to empower a community-level response to the issues of mental health and substance use based on distinct Inuit cultural practices and values.”

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Recovery Slam Virtual Event Celebrates Luke Benoit’s New Book, “All Storms Pass 2,” with Healing Poetry Readings

 On Sunday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. PDT, poets will come together for a “Recovery Slam” online to celebrate the launch of Life Coach Luke Benoit’s second book in his “All Storms Pass [The Anti-Meditations] series: Rain and Fire.” The live streaming event will feature Benoit reading selected recovery self-help poems from Rain and Fire, along with guest poets who will read their favorite self-healing poems.

In his recent L.A. Now & Then interview, Benoit – a certified Life Coach and professional hypnotist – stated that his anti-meditations are “very purposely written in hypnotic and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) language…self-hypnosis has the power to unlock one’s potential.”

Midwest Book reviewers praised both books, calling the first “an excellent pick for anyone looking for a way to fire their way through life,” and the second “a two-fisted, take-no-prisoners approach to coping with challenges.”

The Recovery Slam poets include Thomas Allbaugh, PhD, Artemis Craig, and Marlan Warren.

Dr. Thomas Allbaugh’s short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in literary journals, including Writing on the Edge; In Touch Magazine; Relief, and Broken Skyline Anthology. He is the author of the chapbook, “The View from January” and the novel, “Apocalypse TV.” Dr. Allbaugh is an associate professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.

Artemis Craig is the author of “Inspirational Verse for Those Who Hunger and Thirst: A Book of Poems to Feed the Soul.” She has her B.F.A. in Screenwriting from USC, resides in Birmingham, Alabama and is currently finishing her second poetry book, “Southern Fried Comfort Food: Recipes to Encourage the Soul.”

Los Angeles writer Marlan Warren’s poetry appeared in the anthology, We Accept Donations. She is the author of the novel, “Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged: All’s Not Fair in Love or War,” as well as a playwright, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker. An excerpt from her upcoming memoir “Tales of Sushi” was published in The Artifactuals Arts and Culture Journal.

Recovery Slam is the brainchild of Warren who is partnering with Nicolas Nelson of Wordsmith Writing Coaches to produce this event via Yardstream.

“We hope to produce more Recovery Slams in the future,” said Warren. “They really fit the themes of Luke’s books, which focus on the power to heal oneself through contemplative verse.”

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YouTube: Luke Benoit Channel (lukethecoach) https://www.youtube.com/user/lukethecoach

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luke.benoitlifecoach

Twitter: @marlanwarren

The event will be accessible online permanently after the livestreaming.

L.A. Now & Then Interview with Luke Benoit: http://losangelesnowthen.blogspot.com

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Recovery for All of Us: New York City Announces Free and Low-Cost Broadband Access for 13 NYCHA Developments, Serving Up to 30,000 Residents

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a major milestone in the City’s effort to bring new internet connectivity options to residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and to create a shift in the local broadband market.  As part of New York City’s implementation of the Internet Master Plan for Universal Broadband, the City has executed license agreements with five internet service providers to offer high-speed internet access for up to 30,000 residents in 13 NYCHA developments. NYCHA is currently in the process of finalizing an agreement with a sixth internet service provider. 

The five vendors with executed license agreements — Starry, Sky Packets, Silicon Harlem, Flume, and NYC Mesh — are finalists selected from the City’s Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) issued in partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in June 2020.  Three developments selected through this process will receive free WiFi on public grounds, while the remaining 10 developments will be wired for affordable in-unit internet access. This effort is part of the Mayor’s commitment to extend broadband to New Yorkers in the hardest-hit communities identified by the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity.

“In this day and age, high-quality internet service is a necessity, not a luxury,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “By investing in broadband infrastructure, we drive forward a recovery for all of us—both by delivering much needed resources to NYCHA families and making significant progress on our commitment to close the city’s digital divide.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way we work, learn and connect to resources, and universal broadband access is essential for communities of color that were hardest-hit by COVID-19 to build back stronger,“ said First Lady Chirlane McCray. ”This historic investment will open the door for industry leaders to deliver innovative technology solutions that end the digital divide and ensure a fair recovery for all.”

“Affordable broadband is critical for 21st century life,“ said Deputy Mayor for Operations Laura Anglin. ”The Internet connects millions of New Yorkers to work, education, healthcare, family and more. I’m thrilled these partnerships will bring high-speed connectivity to 30,000 NYCHA residents as we implement our nation-leading Internet Master Plan.”

“A 21st century recovery for all of us means increasing access to critical infrastructure like broadband,” said Deputy Mayor Vicki Been. “For too long, the digital divide has prevented many New Yorkers—including families, students, and seniors—from accessing the Internet where they live. The Internet Master Plan is our boldest investment in universal broadband to date, and I’m thrilled we’ve partnered with these providers to speed up access to this vital resource for 30,000 NYCHA residents.”

“We have witnessed how transformational internet connectivity can be to the lives of New Yorkers. Now, 30,000 more NYCHA residents are gaining affordable broadband options through the City’s bold and innovative approach. The Internet Master Plan is changing lives for the better by making education, opportunity, and healthcare more accessible. In addition, broadband creates opportunities to strengthen bonds with family, friends, and community,” said New York City Chief Technology Officer John Paul Farmer. “Building on this notable progress, the City will continue to facilitate partnerships with internet service providers that share the goal of affordable, high-speed internet for all New Yorkers.”     

“New York City is closer to achieving its goal of becoming a fairer and equitable city with launching the Internet Master Plan for Universal Broadband,” said NYCEDC Acting President Rachel Loeb. “Through this Master Plan, five vendors will provide access to affordable, high-speed internet options for 30,000 NYCHA residents. We’re thrilled the City has reached a milestone to close the digital divide, which for too long has had a disproportionate impact in communities that need it the most.”

“The Authority is committed to expanding the quality of internet service options available to our residents by leveraging emerging technologies and identifying innovative partnership opportunities,” said NYCHA Chair & CEO Greg Russ. “We want to thank the City, MOCTO, and NYCEDC for working with us on this important milestone of making high-speed broadband service more accessible to public housing residents across New York City.”

“Digital equity must be a priority and this initiative demonstrates our commitment to ending the divide. Free and low cost broadband access is crucial for NYCHA residents and communities of color to have equitable access to work, learning, healthcare, government services and other essential resources,” said Sideya Sherman, Executive Director of the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity and EVP for Community Engagement and Partnerships, NYCHA. “This gap existed before the pandemic and is even more critical now. This unprecedented investment, which accelerates the Internet Master Plan, demonstrates how the City can work creatively, across government, to meet the moment.”

About the RFEI 

This RFEI offered a unique opportunity for internet service providers, both large and small, to propose their plans and partnership ideas to use new access to NYCHA buildings and facilities  to rapidly close the digital divide for this slice of New Yorkers. Respondents proved the City’s theory: that when the City offers new assets — including building common areas, facades, rooftops, light poles, and other physical structures that can be used for broadband installation — a diverse set of companies will enter the market with lower cost service options that present competition to the large companies offering limited high-quality service options to New Yorkers.  These new companies prove that you can bring new connectivity options to public housing communities and to low-connectivity neighborhoods to close the digital divide. 

In the target neighborhoods, internet service providers charge anywhere from $40/month to $110/month. With this RFEI, vendors will provide free or low-cost internet service residents can sign up for no more than $20/month.

“Today, broadband is an essential service. We at NYC Mesh are committed to working with the City and NYCHA to ensure universal and equitable internet access for all New Yorkers,” said the NYC Mesh organizers. “We believe every community should have the opportunity and resources to own and manage their connection online, and look forward to scaling this collaboration — already benefiting NYCHA residents — to ensure our city’s digital future benefits all people.”

“Silicon Harlem applauds New York City for taking a bold Broadband commitment to ensure everyone is connected. We must continue to break down barriers to broadband access for lower income communities, knowing that doing so will enable multiple generations of all New Yorkers to become more fully engaged in the world” said Clayton Banks, Chief Executive Officer for Silicon Harlem. “Silicon Harlem is thrilled to provide new and innovative ways to deliver the internet to every home without having cost being a barrier. The RFEI creates an unprecedented opportunity for New York City to be the gateway to greater opportunity for all.”

“Flume is honored to bring our fiber-to-the-home deployment to over 6,000 NYCHA homes as part of this RFEI,” said Prashanth Vijay, CEO of Flume. “We believe high quality, low cost fiber broadband should be a right enjoyed by all New Yorkers and our mission is to accelerate towards that goal. We hope this project serves as an inspiration to other private-public partnerships and connectivity investment in affordable housing.” 

“Amid COVID-19, having broadband access that you can trust was a social determinant of good health and synonymous with economic stability,” said Henry Quintin, CEO of Sky Packets. “Sky Packets managed Wi-Fi solutions serve as a catalyst in closing the digital divide. From virtual learning, streaming, and remote work, we are proud to partner with local community advocates The Red Hook Initiative, NYCHA, NYCEDC, and the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Office to offer a much-needed utility to the residents of Red Hook, Brooklyn.”

“Starry is proud to partner with the City of New York and the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer to bring our high-quality, affordable broadband service to NYCHA residents,” said Virginia Lam Abrams, Head of Government Affairs and Strategic Advancement for Starry. “Broadband is more essential than ever, and every New Yorker deserves the ability to fully participate and engage in digital life – for work, for school and to connect with family and friends. But that can’t happen if the cost of broadband access is out of reach. We’re excited to bring our digital equity program, Starry Connect, to NYCHA and provide an ultra-low-cost broadband choice for residents, without credit checks or other eligibility strings attached. We thank Mayor de Blasio, CTO John Paul Farmer and the MOCTO staff for its work on this important pilot program and look forward to launching our service to NYCHA families.” 

About the Internet Master Plan

In January 2020, the City announced the New York City Internet Master Plan, a first-in-nation plan that provides the roadmap to universal broadband in New York City, and the steps the City will take to close the digital divide. Providing equitable broadband is vital to ensuring economic prosperity, digital inclusion, and full participation of all New Yorkers in the digital economy. Universal broadband will also pave the way for next generation technologies such as 5G to be fully accessible to all New Yorkers.

“Ensuring high speed and affordable Internet access is a critical component in our ability to fully reopening our city and helping families and communities build back stronger than before,” said Congressman Adriano Espaillat. “I commend Mayor de Blasio and city leaders who worked to make this effort a reality to ensure free and affordable access for more than 30,000 NYCHA residents, and thus ensure that no child, senior or family has to forego reliable Internet access because of their economic situation or background.”

“In the 21st century economy, having access to high-speed broadband internet isn’t frivolous: it’s an imperative. Delivering reliable internet service ensures that our children can access educational resources, that families and friends can stay connected to one another, that New Yorkers can receive healthcare resources and much more,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “Without broadband access, New Yorkers are deprived of the tools they need to succeed. That’s why the investment promised by the Internet Master Plan—which will deliver that access to tens of thousands of NYCHA residents—has the potential to change lives. I’m thrilled for the many New Yorkers who will receive high-quality internet service and equally excited for the benefits our city will reap as we take this bold step to end the digital divide.”   

“I applaud the Administration for expanding broadband to more NYCHA residents. As the pandemic has shown in stark terms, access to the Internet is critical for learning, working, socializing, and so much more. A 21st century city deserves a 21st century infrastructure, and we must be laser-focused on delivering universal broadband to all five boroughs and closing the digital divide as soon as possible,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

“Broadband has been a significant lifeline for so many as we have seen during the pandemic, providing opportunities for education and job training and access to lifesaving information. While we have more to do to ensure universal broadband access, this is a big step and a significant investment towards filling the digital divide for NYCHA residents, making the Internet more accessible for all, and leading the way towards becoming a more connected city,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.

“I am excited to see the city make progress to close the digital divide and advocate for digital inclusion with the Internet Master Plan for Universal Broadband. The pandemic has exposed many inequities—one of them being access to a reliable internet connection. The Bronx has the lowest broadband adoption rate in the city with 38% of residents without a home internet connection. These disparities are especially evident in low-income areas where many people are still struggling with internet connectivity for work, school, or just to access important documents and applications often found online. I applaud the Mayor for this effort that will help many of my constituents in the Bronx and throughout New York City,” said Senator Luis Sepulveda.

“Connectivity is required to fully participate in modern society. Especially during this COVID-19 crisis, education and life-saving information were best accessed via the internet. It is not too late to close the divide in this critical infrastructure and 30,000 residents is an exemplary start,” said Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Chair of the Public Housing Committee.

“This is welcomed news, as the first tangible step in bridging the digital divide in the City of New York,” said Council Member Robert Holden, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Technology. “Connecting NYCHA residents to high-speed internet will help make many New Yorkers’ lives easier and more productive, especially our children. Every student’s potential should be based on how hard they work, not where they live. Our young people are our city’s most precious resource, and they need all the help we can give them as we recover from this pandemic.”