FACING ADDITION: WELLNESS RECOVERY ROOMS
“Helping delegates in recovery.”
FROM: Tom Jackson: SANDUSKY REGISTER NEWSPAPER
CLEVELAND — RNC delegates dealing with addictions, either in their own lives or in the lives of people they love, can visit special “Recovery Wellness Rooms” that are a new feature of Republican conventions.
It’s the first time a GOP convention has offered such a service, said Joey Supina, executive director of Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center. Supina is one of eight people who obtained RNC credentials and are helping to staff the rooms.
The rooms are open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day on the Family Fun Deck on the third floor of Progressive Field. Normally the home of the Cleveland Indians, the baseball stadium is part of the secure area where the convention is being held. Only people with proper delegate credentials can access the recovery wellness rooms.
Supina said he’s been pleased with the response the service drew.
“The people who were attending for the most part are in recovery themselves,” he said. The rooms were advertised in the convention program, and Supina and his wife, Mary, promoted them by standing in front of Quicken Loans Arena, passing our cards advertising the rooms to any delegate who walked by.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, helped intervene with the the convention to get the rooms set up, Supina said. “He will be there tomorrow evening,” Supina said.
Recovery rooms also will be offered next week when Democrats hold their national convention in Philadelphia.