Vinfen’s Point After Club held a dedication of the Rose T. Coppinger Member Resource Room on October 19 at their location in Lawrence, MA. Dozens of members, friends, family, staff, community supporters, and legislators were in attendance for the event, which honored Rose Coppinger, the founding director of the Club and a visionary leader in the greater Lawrence community.
To kick off the event, the Point After Club Jug Band played a concert for guests. Clubhouse member Priscilla welcomed all those in attendance. She was followed by Chair of the Friends of Point After Club Advisory Committee, Gary Keating. “Today we celebrate the extraordinary power of one person who made an important and lasting difference in the community. However, Rose herself would be the first to say that she didn’t do it alone. To paraphrase her own saying, ‘If you’re working alone, you’re not doing it right,’” he said. “The founding members themselves named the charter Point After Club in reference to the time they felt relief after release from hospitalizations. Point After Club became a place of support, comfort, guidance, and light for many who lived far too long in the shadows of society.”
Barbara, a Clubhouse member, shared the story of her history with Point After Club, and her experiences with Rose Coppinger. She and several other Clubhouse members petitioned the city of Lawrence in 2006 for Rose T. Coppinger Day to be established as a local holiday. Rose’s contributions to the community have been celebrated on October 1 of each year since. Three other members also spoke about the impact Rose’s commitment had on their lives and their recovery. Clubhouse Director Tom Coppinger then took the podium to thank Vinfen for their partnership in helping Point After Club continue to thrive, and spoke fondly of his mother’s impact on the club. He was followed by Vinfen President and CEO Bruce Bird.
Former Massachusetts State Senator Susan Tucker also spoke at the event, sharing how Rose and the Point After Club deeply affected her during her time in the legislature. The Club was honored to host Massachusetts State Representative Juana Matias, who commented on Point After Club’s strong history of supporting individuals to thrive in their communities. She presented Tom Coppinger and the Point After Club with a citation from the State House recognizing Rose T. Coppinger’s invaluable contributions to the Point After Club, the city of Lawrence, and the entirety of Merrimack Valley. The event concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The celebration was covered by Lawrence Community Access Television, and can be viewed in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcX893MSgtc.