Opioid Epidemic: Connections Withdrawal Management Center

A partnership between USDA and a rural health organization has resulted in an essential facility that provides a regional response to Delaware’s opioid crisis.

Opioid Epidemic: Connections Withdrawal Management Center

The People We Help

  • Flo is a person with bipolar disorder who was one of the earliest peer workers at Connections. She is now the director of the Connections Wellness Club and Peer Support Services, a job at which she uses her recovery to help others, and to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. “When you have a mental illness, you’re kind of fighting for your mind,” Flo said. “You’re fighting for your life. But you can’t do it alone.”

Here are stories from several of our consumers who are living successful lives in recovery. In all, our 1,800 employees serve over 42,000 people at more than 100 locations in Delaware each year.

Each day, we respond the opioid crisis, work to end homelessness for veterans and their families, integrate behavioral and primary medical care for people with mentall illness, enhance independence for people with disabilities, help children and families to navigate crises, and deliver coordinated care in correctional facilities.

Science Over Stigma 2017

About Connections

Connections Community Support Programs, Inc. provides a comprehensive array of health care, housing, and employment opportunities that help individuals and families to achieve their own goals and enhance our communities.

Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1991 as a subsidiary of Ingleside Homes, Connections’ original mission was to help older adults with lifelong histories of institutionalization to move into the community.  Our mission expanded in 1988 to include homeless services and addiction treatment.  In 1992 we divested from Ingleside and became a separate 501c3 corporation. Today, Connections is one of Delaware’s largest nonprofit organizations collaborating with government, community, corporate and other philanthropic partners to maximize services for our state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Freedom Mural Honors Veterans

In July 2016, about 100 people attended the dedication of the Veterans Freedom Mural on the north wall of Marcella’s House, our residence for formerly homeless veterans at Ninth and Washington streets in Wilmington.The project was a partnership between Connections, the Wilmington Renaissance’s Creative District  and other West Center City Wilmington stakeholders. Special thanks to Philadelphia-based muralist and public artist Eric Okdeh for making it happen!

Click here to see photos and a time-lapse video of the work in progress – 750 images taken by photographer Bob Craig over a one-week period.