New Roots restores hope for people in recovery


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There’s a new place for people fighting addiction to get the help they need.

New Roots Recovery Support Center held its grand opening Wednesday night.

It’s located in what used to be a painting warehouse right next to the Luzerne County Prison.

The center has everything from a cozy spot to share a cup of coffee and a conversation, to a computer lab with an entire wall of resources, even a food and diaper pantry — all at no cost.

The co-founders told Eyewitness News that New Roots is the first of its kind in Luzerne County and the need for it is great.

“As we talked to individuals and their families in our community, we didn’t find one person that wasn’t impacted in some sort of way by a substance use disorder,” said Co-founder Kristen Topolski.  “It can and does happen to anyone.”

New Roots, which is privately owned and funded, received a $500,000 grant from the nonprofit Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Water Street in Wilkes-Barre.

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