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Author/Mother returns to Rhode Island to tell her story of

heartache, anger and hope on the journey to her son’s recovery.

 Return Engagement Book Tour: Block Island, Jamestown, Bristol and Newport

 A Program of The Samaritans of Rhode Island

 (Providence, RI) Join The Samaritans and its community partners for an encore presentation by recovery advocate and mother Anita Baglaneas Devlin, author of S.O.B.E.R, a mother and son’s journey of heartache, anger and, eventually of hope.  Her presentation will be more than a story of drug addiction and recovery. It will speak to all caretakers, especially women, no matter the caregiving challenges they face. All presentations are free and open to the public.

There will be four books tour dates and locations:

Monday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m., Harbor Baptist Church, Water Street, Block Island; (Canceled due to inclement weather/no ferry service.)

Tuesday, April 17th, 6:30 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown;

Wednesday, April18th, 6:30 p.m., Quinta-Gamlin Community Center, (on right after entering gates of Colt State Park), 101 Asylum Road, Bristol,

Thursday, April 19th, 6:30 p.m., Newport Hospital, Hill Courtyard Room, 20 Powel Avenue, Newport RI

“With more than 150 people attending last year’s events in Cranston and Pawtucket, we wanted opportunities to share Anita’s story with residents of our coastal communities, said Denise Panichas, Executive Director of The Samaritans. “Anita’s journey is one from judgmental angry mom to nonjudgmental listener.  She wants women, regardless of where they live or their life circumstance, to care for each other, help each other and respect each other’s journey – no matter the outcome. That, too, is the message of The Samaritans and our model of befriending.”

“Anita is fortunate in that Michael is in recovery. At The Samaritans, we know all too well, how often the struggle to save a loved one takes a different path or sometimes, for a thousand reasons others may never understand, no path at all,” says Panichas. “Whatever the path and whatever the decisions that are made, women, especially mothers, bear exceptional burdens which are often criticized, dismissed, not recognized and not supported. Anita’s strong message in her book and her presentation is that as mothers and caregivers their efforts and decisions do matter and should never be forgotten.”

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