Think of Michael

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.

Operating as usual

Photos from Think of Michael's post 09/18/2022

Thank you to all who helped today set up for tomorrow's 4th Annual Night of Hope...come join us and A Healthy Lynnfield for National Recovery Month starting at Lynnfield Middle School at 6 pm, then walking to the Common...Resource tables will be available after 5 pm. Hope to see you there!

Photos from Think of Michael's post 08/31/2022

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day so we remember loved ones and continue to raise awareness. This week together with North Suffolk Mental Health, All Roads Lead to Charlestown, Chapters Recovery and Turn it Around, Think Of Michael sponsored "Adopt a Pole" through the cities of East Boston, Revere, Chelsea, Charlestown and Winthrop. Names are included on tags throughout these cities in memory of loved ones lost to this disease. It was a special moment to be able to hang one outside Recovery on the Harbor for my brother Michael Dalton and be part of such an amazing team at North Suffolk Mental Health hanging purple bows throughout the cities we work in.


Thank you all for supporting this year's Think Of Michael Trivia Night! We raised a lot of money for a great cause!!






Don't miss out on Trivia Night tickets May 26th! Great live and silent auction items as well as raffles. Tickets and tables for sale at, and we will be sold out completely again. Billy Costa is excited to be back with us again, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP!


Time is running out for sponsorships for our 3rd Think Of Michael Trivia Night to be included in our programs, tee shirts and printed and tables are on sale and we're already closing in on yet another full sell out!! So thank you for all who have bought tickets and sent in contributions already. Make sure to secure your tickets and tables as space is limited!!! Help us continue our mission, hope to see you all May 26th!! Tickets at or call Jamie Dalton at 978 728 8350 for sponsorship opportunities or questions.


Think of Michael Trivia Night is back! We’d love to see you at Breakaway in Danvers on May 26th. We would also greatly appreciate any donations.
Link for tickets-


Billy's Back...Back Again!
THINK OF MICHAEL TRIVIA NIGHT with BILLY COSTA, tickets go on sale through Eventbrite LIVE TOMORROW APRIL 7TH at 7:00 PM!! Don't wait as they will sell out like in years past!



Over 25 years of sobriety on stage at tonight's Super Bowl Half-time Show!


Join Community Partners Ave Maria Parish Religious Education and Think of Michael for this fun family event during our 5k! Hope to see you there!


GOLF FORE RECOVERY Foursomes are still left for October 9, 2021...sign up at


For those named and unnamed and their families💜

Timeline photos 08/31/2021

International Overdose Awareness Day is TODAY August 31, 2021. Please join others in this global event by lighting a candle and tagging us with your location.

The sun has risen on International Overdose Awareness Day 2021.

Today is a difficult day in such a difficult year.

However you observe it, know that you are part of a global movement for a better world.

Time to Remember. Time to Act.

Today and every day.

💜 💜 💜

Photos from Think of Michael's post 08/19/2021

Please join us along with our friends at St. Maria Goretti Religious Education Program on October 23rd! Funds raised will support 2022 graduate scholarships and our foundation.

Photos from Think of Michael's post 06/05/2021

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2021 Michael V. Dalton Memorial Scholarship. These Lynnfield High graduates demonstrated great perseverance when faced with adversity. Thank you to all applicants, our Board for their assistance in the selection process and Lynnfield High School coaches for their nominations.

Congrats to Jake DeBenedictis, Sarah Rose Doherty, Jack Ford, Riley Slaney and Connor Sokop.

March 6 is Black Balloon Day For Overdose Death Awareness 03/07/2021

March 6 is Black Balloon Day For Overdose Death Awareness

March 6th is Black Balloon Day, remembering Michael and all lives lost to the opioid epidemic. Today, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than they are from a car accident or by guns (homicide/suicide) and it is the LEADING cause of accidental death in the United States.

March 6 is Black Balloon Day For Overdose Death Awareness Black Balloon Day has become a national and international event, bringing awareness to overdose deaths. As with many things with the opioid epidemic, Black Balloon Day began with a family's' loss. Diane and Lauren Hurley began Black Balloon Day in remembrance of Greg Tremblay. Tremblay, a father o...


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.

Happy Thanksgiving


Please consider supporting this worthy cause.


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National Recovery Month - A Night Of Hope


Think of Michael's cover photo


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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 and . 💜


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.


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. 07/24/2020

Unemployment caused by coronavirus pandemic may be accelerating drug overdose deaths The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in mass layoffs, which may be exacerbating the opioid epidemic and accelerating drug overdose deaths in America. 07/04/2020

‘Cries for help’: Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic Suspected overdoses jumped 42 percent in May, data obtained by Post shows. Fueling the surge are isolation, economic devastation and disruptions to the drug trade. 07/03/2020

The Business of Opioids 10pm Friday FRONTLINE OPIOIDS INC – Investigative series - The story of a drug company that pushed opioids by bribing doctors and committing insurance


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.

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: 06/30/2020

Opioid epidemic continues in midst of pandemic, fentanyl overdoses climb in Ohio The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office recently reported there have been 235 deadly drug overdoses so far in 2020, and at least 66 fatal he**in, fentanyl and co***ne overdoses in May alone.


So proud of these LHS grads. Looking forward to announcing our 2020 recipients. 05/29/2020

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Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers doing the hardest job of all every single day!


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 04/10/2020

Lynnfield Front Steps Project organized by Lauri Priestley

More amazing locals doing amazing things during this unprecedented time. Proceeds will benefit The Rotary Club in Lynnfield, which supports our community in so many ways. A Word from Photographer Brooke DelRossi~ It feels like the world has stopped, doesn’t … Lauri Priestley needs your support for Lynnfield Front Steps Project 04/09/2020

Danvers photographer taking socially distant Easter bunny photos to raise money for front line workers

Danvers photographer and friend has raised over $1000 for First Responders! DANVERS, MASS. (WHDH) - The Easter Bunny was spotted in Davers over the weekend! Photographer Amie Keefe and her husband Jon made the rounds to...

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 op**te 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.




PO Box 1333
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