The title quote of this post comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, who witnessed his sunsets long before the opioid crisis. But it’s as fitting a description of nature’s beauty and the hope it brings for better days than any modern writer could pen.
This past Tuesday night, a group of 33-women from the Megan House Foundation set sail on an invitation only Sunset Cuise aboard a boat named, ironically enough, “The Lady.” The group, featuring twelve current residents of Megan’s House, four from Erin’s House, thirteen former residents and four staff members thoroughly enjoyed the majesty of the sun setting over beautiful Plum Island in Newburyport, MA.
The cruise was the result of a donation by Robert Orr, a passionate advocate for young women in recovery. The former Foundation Board Member held a birthday fundraiser on Facebook and asked the money be used toward a fun activity for the residents.
As you could imagine, the evening featured lots of laughs, hugs and special moments for all the participants. Viewing sunsets has long been lauded for its therapeutic benefits, and the joy on the faces of the young women who set sail Tuesday night certainly brought that point home.
The Megan House Foundation thanks Robert Orr for his kindness, along with all of our supporters who make excursions like this possible through their generosity.
Recovery is hard work, but the opportunity to partake in recreational opportunities like this sunset cruise are a major part of our recovery program, a much needed break from the day to day challenges those in recovery face and an opportunity to reflect on the promise of a new day.