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From Drug and Alcohol Addiction to Healthy Living

Providing wholesome, homegrown food for city dwellers whose health has been compromised through addiction is one of the hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates try to be a healing presence to others today.

As part of its program of holistic recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, New Jerusalem Now (NJN) in North Philadelphia takes advantage of the summer season to grow its own produce. Lettuce, tomatoes, squash, kale, collards, peppers and more help feed the 30-40 formerly homeless residents of NJN.

Founded by Medical Mission Sister Margaret McKenna over 20 years ago, New Jerusalem Now reaches out to marginalized persons in a very poor area of the city. NJN’s five empowering therapies are:
_ addicts helping addicts
_ solidarity in recovery
_ recovery that includes 12 Step and
Alternatives to Violence Programs
_ family-like recovery model
_ giving back to the local community
NJN shares the homegrown produce it cannot use with those in the local neighborhood as a way of giving back.

August 1, 2012