Think of Michael

A Registered 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit Organization established in 2018 in memory of Michael Dalton. Our mission is to help individuals and families battling substance use disorder by providing sober house scholarships.

Mission: Our mission for Think Of Michael is simple; to serve and support families and individuals struggling with substance use disorder. We plan on doing so by subsidizing sober house living and helping people transition from treatment to living a new way of life and being active members in their community.

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[11/26/20]   Happy Thanksgiving to all from Think Of Michael!

Enjoy the day. Be sure to take a moment and pause to acknowledge what you're thankful for.
And if you have an opportunity to be of any help to others less fortunate during this unprecedented holiday season, you can be the difference in someone's life by doing just something small and thoughtful. Happy and healthy wishes to all of you.

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National Recovery Month - A Night Of Hope

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Night of Hope was different, but filled with lots of love from family, friends and our amazing community. Thank you to our incredible volunteers and all who came out or kept a light of hope in their hearts for those in recovery.

Please join us Sunday at 6:30 PM.💜

Please join us on September 20th

Lynnfield, Danvers, Marblehead, Saugus, Revere, Malden, Boston, North Reading, Arlington and Newburyport are all lit up purple. Light a candle, share your location and use #IOAD2020 and #thinkofmichael. 💜

International Overdose Awareness Day is TOMORROW-August 31, 2020. We are hoping to create a virtual remembrance. Please join others in this global event by lighting a candle and tagging us with your location.
#IOAD2020 #thinkofmichael #EndOverdose

[08/20/20]   Congratulations to the Lynnfield High graduates awarded the Michael V. Dalton Memorial Scholarship Award for 2020. Due to the impact of the COVID-19-VIRUS, the Board of Directors decided that The Think of Michael Foundation would increase the number of scholarship recipients from three to five.

Congratulations to the following:
Julia Banks
Benjamin Kramich
Anthony Magwood
Bryan Mallett
Molly Ozanian

The recipients demonstrated great perseverance in life when faced with adversity. It is evident that all have grown as people and will take away lessons learned from the experience of doing something despite difficulty. We have chosen to honor Michael in this way to be mindful of not only the success that can come from persevering, but more importantly the individual growth of the person that occurs as a result of such hardship.

International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31, 2020. We are hoping to create a virtual remembrance. Please join others in this global event by lighting a candle and tagging us with your location.
#IOAD2020 #thinkofmichael #EndOverdose

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The Recovery Works

We are proud to share some of our efforts in addressing another crucial part of people's recovery, workforce re-entry. Complimenting Think Of Michael's sober housing services, Richard and Jamie Dalton are also Founding Board Members of Recovery Works, a Massachusetts General Hospital-affiliate. Richard also serves on their Executive Committee. Recovery Works is a pilot program started in late 2018 by a dedicated Board comprised of several MGH Doctors, business representatives and community leaders. We also partnered with a professional staffing agency to provide expertise and services specific to our program. Recovery Works is designed to provide ongoing treatment and clinical support at MGH in close coordination with our formal workforce re-entry process. We provide a continuum of care and a variety of coordinated
supports for at least 5 years. We're erasing the stigma and breaking down the wide-variety of barriers and obstacles people in recovery face daily. #stopthestigma
Learn more at

Our focus is education and outreach to employers and recruiting firms to reduce stigma and increase understanding and awareness around issues related to the employment of those in recovery.

Our program process consists of 4 phases. Each phase is designed to provide continuity and confidence building for all clients. Throughout the program, they meet with their assigned case managers who provide guidance and support throughout the process.

Phase 1
During this phase, we identify candidates for participation. As part of this process, we conduct candidate screening, and then move on to intake for those accepted.

During this phase, clients attend an initiation that includes a participation overview and a review of matching employers.

Phase 3
This phase consists of a job search process, interviews with potential employers, and job placement.

Phase 4
This phase is the maintenance phase of our program. It includes on-site mentorship and progress reporting during employment.

RecoveryWorks provides clinical, vocational, and professional mentorship to those in recovery who seek reentry to the workforce or wish to shift to a more balanced career path.

Learn more here:

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[05/31/20]   So proud of these LHS grads. Looking forward to announcing our 2020 recipients.

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[05/10/20]   Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers doing the hardest job of all every single day!

[04/14/20]   Attention Lynnfield High Seniors! Once again, we will be offering scholarships. Please contact us, if you need additional time to collect documents in this unprecedented time.

Michael V. Dalton Memorial Scholarship Application

Michael V. Dalton was a lifelong Lynnfield resident. He passed away due to an opiod overdose on January 13, 2018, while in outpatient treatment. Michael can be remembered in many ways. He was athletic, intelligent, and big-hearted. It is his perseverance, however that truly speaks best to his character and how he is most remembered by those who knew him best.

Eligibility: Any Lynnfield High School senior attending a post high school educational institution who has demonstrated perseverance and/or overcome adversity in his/her life.

Purpose: A scholarship has been created in Michael’s memory to assist deserving students with pursuing his/her post high school educational expenses.

Applicant Information:
Deadline for application: April 17, 2020

Content: The scholarship will be awarded to two Lynnfield graduating seniors (in the amount of $500 each), who demonstrate great perseverance in his/her life and persevere when faced with adversity. The applicant must share how he/she has grown as a person and the lessons he/she learned from the experience of doing something despite difficulty. We have chosen to honor Michael in this way to be mindful of not only the success that can come from persevering, but more importantly the individual growth of the person that occurs as a result of such hardship. The Committee recognizes that challenges come in various forms and can include, but are not limited to: academic/social/emotional disabilities and health/wellness issues.

Please construct a brief one page essay highlighting the following points:

What are the words you would use to describe yourself and your character? How would others describe you? Share the challenge(s) you have faced and how you persevered. Who would you credit to assist you in overcoming this obstacle? Who best understands your struggles and impact they have had on you? What lessons have you learned about yourself as a result of this experience? How has this shaped the person that you are?

Please include two Faculty/Staff Recommendations. Use attached form. Forms can be mailed with application or emailed.
Include anything else you would like the Committee to know about you and why you should be selected for this award.

Email: Please email your application, essay and letters of reference to [email protected] or mail to “Think of Michael Scholarship”
PO BOX 1333
Lynnfield, MA 01940

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*Please read before you watch the video*
The last two days have been a whirlwind to say the least. Saturday I posted about doing the front step sessions but with a twist! The front steps idea as not mine, I cant take credit for that! But, I added something to it. I asked each family to make a sign to offer encouragement, show some love, and/or get some smiles. Boy did they deliver! In the last two days I went to THIRTY front yards. My home base is Woburn, but I traveled to Bellingham, Peabody, Chelmsford, basically all over. I LOVE ALL THESE FAMILIES! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me, and always going along with my ideas! Your signs touched me. Your families made me smile. And your positivity lifted me. I couldn’t be anymore grateful right now. I LOVE THIS VIDEO WITH ALL MY HEART. I really hope you do too. Please tag yourself if you’d like. ‘Like’ ‘Comment’ or ‘love’ it to keep it going. And also share it. I’m guessing other people might need the video just as much as I did. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being the best clients EVER. I love you all!
*please note these shoots were done with extreme caution. I was on their front yard , driveway or sidewalk. Clients came out their door and that was about it! There were no hugs, high fives, props or money exchanged. The pics look like I was close. It was actually my awesome lenses that helped with that!

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Small business with big heart. They have been good to us for the last couple of years. Open for takeout. Amazing pizza!

The Governor spoke earlier tonight and issued a statement closing restaurants and bars across the state until April 6th. We will be allowed to perform take out only during this time. Breakaway supports the decision to keep our families and communities safe. I can't say enough about the outpouring of support from people whom we've only known for a few years. Your words and messages mean so much to our employees and my family. This has been an unprecedented event and the stress is unbearable at times. Breakaway is committed to it's employees, guests, and community. WE WILL become stronger and more successful because of the storm facing us today!!! Tomorrow we will be announcing plans to offer specials on take out and catering as well as gift card discounts. This will allow us to remain partially open and financially support our staff. God Bless!!!

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Think Of Michael Sober House Scholarships, Services & Support

Established in Jan. 2018 by the Dalton family in memory of Michael Dalton, who died from an accidental opiate overdose on January 13, 2018 at the age of 39. Think of Michael provides those in need with an opportunity to create a new way of life and achieve long term sobriety by funding sober house scholarships. Sober housing is an important piece in sustaining long term recovery, but is not covered by insurance. This often makes sober homes tough to get in to for people coming right out of long-term treatment without financial assistance as they are usually also trying to re-enter the workforce at the same time having been without income for the duration of their treatment and some have to pay out of pocket thousands of dollars just to receive their treatment from a reputable treatment facility. Our goal is to assist as much as possible to reduce people’s stress during this fragile transition time in someone’s early recovery.

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