News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – On Wednesday September 11, the Department of Corrections (DOC), Right Living House celebrated their ninth anniversary with an Open House highlighting their move to the Co-Educational Facility in Ferry Reach.

In attendance was the Minister of National Security,Wayne Caines, Minister of Public Works, Lieutenant Colonel David Burch, North-eastern Area Manager for GEO Group, Melissa Weglarz, members of the Parole Board, Treatment of Offenders Board, Department for National Drug Control, Court Services, community treatment providers and family members.  

Programme Director, Theresa DeRoza, welcomed the guests to the facility and senior residents guided them through a tour, explaining the treatment process, elements of the Therapeutic Community Treatment Modality and the structure of their living environment.

Following the tour, guests were offered the opportunity to further engage Right Living House Residents, Senior DOC Staff and the Sr. Management Team regarding the programme and operational aspects of The Right Living House.

Following the event, Minister Caines said, “I have had the fortune of speaking and listening to the Right Living House Residents on many occasions, and I know some of them personally. From those interactions, I can say without a doubt, that the program has had a profound impact on their lives.”  

I am confident that on release, the residents will have the tools needed for successful reintegration into society and the ability to make better life choices going forward.”

The open house was held in September, as this month is International Recovery Month.  During the month, Government Agencies, Treatment Facilities and groups such as Narcotic’s Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous focus on educating the public about addiction and the available treatment options.

International Recovery Month also serves as an opportunity to highlight that recovery is possible and persons can return to the community to live productive, pro-social lives.