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Merakey’s Fresh Start program has been selected by the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Addiction & Recovery (MCAR) to receive the 2020 “Making a Difference” award for years of work that has been both innovative and effective for individuals in addictions recovery. An awards gala is usually held to honor the awardees, however, due to COVID-19, this year’s event will be held virtually on September 30. Nevertheless, this is a significant achievement and recognition for all the work and commitment displayed by the staff at Fresh Start. The program has continually produced successful outcomes that far exceed national averages, and they have helped thousands of individuals throughout the years to reach their recovery goals.

Congratulations to Executive Director Jeff Pittner and his entire staff for this momentous and very well deserved recognition by the Mayor’s office!