An Update from Our CEO on the COVID-19

An Update from Our CEO on the COVID-19

Dear CFLR Partners,

Thank you all for your support during this challenging time.  We have received calls and emails with many words of encouragement.  We are so appreciative of this support and patience with our services as we set up all of our services virtually.  I am happy to report we are up and virtually running!

You can find out at one click of the button what CFLR is doing in Prevention, Recovery, EAP and Behavioral Health by going to https://www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com/cflr-in-action/

Our phones are open daily Monday – 8:30-4:00pm, Tuesday – Thursday 8:30-8:00pm and Friday- 8:30-4:00pm.  Our main number is 315-733-1709 and you will receive one of our Program Assistants, Pam or Dennis.  They are remotely answering calls.  As always you can email me at csheets@cflrinc.org with any questions.

Stay safe and again thank you all for your support!



Letter from our CEO


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IDP Classes have been postponed at this time

In response to the public health emergency for the COVID-19 virus, Governor Cuomo has directed all non-essential businesses statewide must close. This includes IDP course providers.

Also, in response to the public health emergency all state- and county-run DMV field offices are closed until further notice.  While offices are closed, expiration dates for driver licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations including temporary 45-day registrations will be extended. DMV will not be enrolling clients in IDP courses until further notice.

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Our Virtual Calendar for Community Connection

We want our community to stay connected!  We have created 3 interactive virtual groups to help with a place for sharing, gaining skills, engaging positivity, asking questions. We want you to be connected to our community as well as our CFLR team.  These Facebook groups are open to anyone!  Please join the discussions and the live events!

CFLR Family Recovery Wellness Collective  For Family Wellness and Recovery.  Click the link to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/3910803405604230/

Family Support and Wellness Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:00pm (zoom link https://zoom.us/j/507054277 )

CFLR Recovery Advocates Peer Collaborative For persons wanting to become peer recovery advocates or who are in the professional role already.  This group is about building and practicing skills in recovery coaching/advocacy. Click the link to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/818875835258127/

Peer Collaborative Skills and Practice Class Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm  (zoom link https://zoom.us/j/485358171 )


CFLR H.O.P.E. and Wellness Recovery Community  For anyone in our Recovery Community no matter how you define Recovery and for HOPE virtual events.  Click the link to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/666695424117024/

H.O.P.E. Events for April 2020 (links to follow, currently posted here https://www.facebook.com/groups/666695424117024/  )

3/30/2020 7:30-8:30pm Easter Egg Affirmation (virtual via Zoom)

4/1/2020 12:00-1:00pm Coffee and Conversation with Erin (virtual via Zoom)

4/1/2020 2:30-3:30pm Stress Ball Activity (virtual via Zoom)

4/6/2020 7:30-8:30pm Coffee and Conversation or Activity with Katie (virtual via Zoom)

4/8/2020 12:00-1:00pm Coffee and Conversation with Erin (virtual via Zoom)

4/8/2020 2:30-3:30pm Zen Art (virtual via Zoom)

4/13/2020 7:30-8:30pm Recovery Hangman (virtual via Zoom)

4/15/2020 12:00-1:00pm Coffee and Conversation with Erin (virtual via Zoom)

4/15/2020 2:30-3:00pm Physically Fit (virtual via Zoom)

4/20/20 7:30-8:30pm Scavenger Hunt (virtual via Zoom)

4/22/2020 12:00-1:00 Coffee and Conversation with Erin (virtual via Zoom)

4/22/2020 Recovery Coping Skill with Tim (virtual via Zoom)

4/27/2020 TBD for topic with Katie (virtual via Zoom)

4/29/2020 Coffee and Conversation with Erin (virtual via Zoom)

4/29/2020 Recovery Coping Skill with Tim (virtual via Zoom)

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COVID-19 Response Information

Dear CFLR Clients, Visitors and Staff,

In light of the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and in an effort to help keep our clients, visitors and staff safe and be able to continue to do what we do best – provide caring and compassionate behavioral health, recovery and prevention services to our communities we are asking that for All upcoming appointments and/or scheduled visits: We have closed our offices to the public, and are providing telephonic appointments to our clients at this time. You may still call and make an appointment with a counselor at 315-733-1709.

A friendly reminder to make sure that everyone is doing everything they can to stay healthy:

  • Regularly Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer,  when soap and water are not available
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then discard into the trash then wash/sanitize hands. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.

Below you will find links to provide information and tips to help with the self-isolation for yourself and your family.

COVID-19 Updates from the Prevention Team:


Ideas for parents and teens while they are self-isolating:

The Khan academy is doing all of its online classes free, grades K-12:  https://www.khanacademy.org/

Activities and things to make at home





COVID-19 Resources and Information

CDC – COVID 19 Facts

Center On Addiction Part. Drug Free Kids COVID Info and Link Information

COVID-19 Community & PEER Support Information

COVID-19 Prepaaredness & Prevention Information (Link Included)

Helio Health Elements Program Liverpool NY

JPC Food Drive-Through Give-A-Way 3 23 to 3 26 2020

NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resources

OMH COVID-19 Managing Anxiety in an Anxiety-Provoking Situation

SAMHSA Coping with Stress During Disease Outbreaks

SAMHSA Tips for Social Distancing Quarantine and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

We value your support and understanding in keeping us all safe and healthy.


CFLR Administration

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2020 Professional Training Calendar

2020 Professional Training Calendar

We have postponed the following upcoming training’s:

March 16th Professional Growth and Development Skill Building: It’s Reciprocal

March 17th and 18th Ethical Consideration for Recovery Coaches



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January Employee of the Month

January Employee of the Month

January’s Employee of the Month – Brandi Lyons – Compeer Specialist for CFLR is in charge of running our Compeer Program. You will always find her smiling and making sure that every person she comes into contact with feels heard and cared about. She takes the time to plan out FUN Events for all our volunteers and mentors for the program. If you are looking to mentor or would like to know more about our Compeer program please contact Brandi at 315-733-1709.


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Rome Community Foundation President David Grow presents the Richard H. McMahon Governance Award to Kelly Walters

Rome Community Foundation President David Grow presents the Richard H. McMahon Governance Award to Kelly Walters

 Hundreds gather to celebrate Rome Community Foundation’s 20th anniversary 


The Rome Community Foundation hosted its Community Celebration on Wednesday night at the Capitol Arts Complex, to mark the foundation’s 20th anniversary.

More than 220 attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management. A reception catered by Chimo’s Catering and Copper City Brewing was held between 5:30 and 6:30 featuring wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages. Entertainment was provided by the Andrea Falvo Trio.

The program kicked off with a video by Rick Lewis of the Capitol, featuring vignettes by several area non-profit leaders telling how the Rome Community Foundation has assisted them. Among the agencies featured included Rome Memorial Hospital, Jervis Public Library, the Rome Art and Community Center, the Capitol Arts Complex and the YMCA of the Tri-Valley.

The video was followed by remarks by Rome Community Foundation President David Grow.

One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the Foundation’s Richard H. McMahon Governance Award. Thirty-two Rome area non-profits submitted nominations for board members or trustees who made a significant impact to the organization’s success.

Kelly Walters, of the Center for Family Life and Recovery, was the winner of the McMahon Award, and the center received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation. A second McMahon Governance was given to Ed Davis of the Lake Delta Volunteer Fire Department. The Fire Department received a check for $1,000 as part of the award.

Special McMahon Governance Awards were awarded to Fred Normand (posthumously) and Rev. Phillip Hearn for their exceptional service to the Rome Community Theatre and Copper City Connection respectively and for serving on the Board of Directors of the Rome Community Foundation. Kristen Stanton, daughter of Fred Normand, accepted the award. Both organizations received checks for $500.

Each of the remaining 28 organizations that submitted nominations will receive $200.

Rick Weltz of WKAL was the emcee for the event. The evening ended with the awarding of door prizes that were donated by Rome Preowned Auto, Vernon Downs Hotel & Casino, Berkshire Bank, Byrne Dairy, Engelbert’s Jewelers and Rome Country Club.

The Rome Community Foundation was established in 1999 to address the capital needs of community non-profits in the Greater Rome area. The Foundation has in excess of $6 million under professional management and the interest from those investments is used to issue grants on a quarterly basis at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

In addition to Grow, the Foundation’s officers include: David Engelbert and Lynn Rosen, vice presidents; Robert Ritz, treasurer; and Julie Grow Denton, secretary. Victor Fariello is organization’s executive director.

Donations to the Rome Community Foundation are tax-deductible and can be sent to PO Box 609, Rome, NY 13442-0609. For information on how to donate or to apply for grants, visit www.romecommunityfoundation.org.

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The Light of Hope presenting to Connor Arthur Lynskey Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Light of Hope presenting to Connor Arthur Lynskey Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. in collaboration with ACR Health, held The 1stAnnual Light of Hope Ceremony (September 22, 2019). All proceeds from the Light of Hope event were given to the Connor Arthur Lynskey Memorial Scholarship Fund. Conner’s life was tragically taken by a drunk driver in 2018. “Addiction is a disease and many of the deaths contributing to this disease can be prevented.  CFLR chose to contribute to Connor’s legacy in hopes young people receiving scholarships will work to prevent such tragic loss and provide hope” states Cassandra Sheets, CEO. On October 9th, CFLR presented a check for $1,500.00 to Donald Lynskey, Race Director for Connor’s Way Scenic Memorial 5-Mile Run/Walk and Bridget Keesler, Co-Director of Connor’s Way.


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1st Annual Light of Hope Event September 22, 2019

1st Annual Light of Hope Event September 22, 2019

The Center for Family Life and Recovery in collaboration with ACR Health held it’s 1st Annual Light of Hope to honor loved ones lost to Suicide and Addiction. To bring loved ones together to help in their process of grief and show love and support to our community.

Save the Date for next years August 31st at Hanna Park, Utica


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Tim Foley Recovery Classic Golf Tournament 2019

Tim Foley Recovery Classic Golf Tournament 2019

On September 15, 2019 Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. held our 11th Annual Tim Foley Recovery Classic Golf Tournament at Woodgate Pines Golf Club in Boonville, NY. 

This event was named after Tim in recognition of his 25 years as a Board Member with Center for Family Life and Recovery and one of its predecessors, Mohawk Valley Council on Alcoholism/Addictions. Tim Foley, who is a practicing attorney, grew up in Utica and Old Forge. He has been in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction for more than 30 years. Tim considers it a responsibility to share his story with others whenever given the opportunity as he truly believes that when there is help there is hope.

This golf tournament is about Fun, Food, Prizes and Lots of Laughs.

Please Save the Date for next years tournament Sunday, September 13th 2020 !!!!

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