New executive director selected at Turning Point Center of Chittenden County

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BURLINGTON – After nearly 8 years as the Executive Director of Vermont’s largest peer run recovery center, Gary De Carolis will be leaving his position to pursue other interests.

De Carolis will oversee the transition of the new Incoming Executive Director Jesse Bunch, South Burlington.

Bunch will assume the full-time duties of Executive Director by October 1, 2020.

He comes to this position having spent much of his career involved with International Development activities.

His efforts brought renewed collaborations between opposing forces in countries like Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Sudan.

His ability to work with various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups to help heal wounds, bring new partnerships, and lift countries up from the devastation of war and strife has been incredible.

“What stands out in meeting Jesse is that he is a compassionate and wise person. His years working with divergent opinions have brought a sensitivity to understanding difference while trying hard to find common ground,” says Rosi Gowdey, Board President, Turning Point Center of Chittenden County.

“It has been an incredible honor to work and support people in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction,” Outgoing Executive Director Gary De Carolis commented. “There is no higher calling than to be able to serve our fellow citizens in their time of need.”

His outgoing advice to the public is that addiction does not discriminate. It can find itself in anyone at any time.

“Keep yourself open to seeing the person behind the addiction,” he said. “What you will find behind the struggle is an amazing array of talented beautiful people who deserve your love and support.”

The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County is a peer-run recovery center, offering a safe and substance-free environment for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction.
During the pandemic, the physical use of the Center is closed, but the staff is available 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to offer peer support, recovery coaching and various other activities.

A listing of all available services is available at www.turningpointcentervt.org or by calling 802-861-3150.

Post-pandemic the center is open seven days a week, every day of the year.

The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., remaining open after 5 p.m, solely for recovery meetings, 12-step meetings, and one-on-one support.

The center sees an average of 3,000 guest visits per month and is always adding new classes, workshops, and events.