This September marks the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month. In Claremont, New Hampshire the occasion will coincide with the 1st anniversary of The Center for Recovery Resources, and the 7th year of sustained recovery for The Center’s founding manager, Wayne Miller. Wayne has spent the majority of those years working in human services to support others who have been impacted by addiction and mental health issues and has completed 2 degrees focused on these practices. As a black man living in Vermont (one of the least racially diverse states in the country), he values the importance of addressing intersectionality, peer support, and representation. Last November he utilized his expertise in peer-based social work to launch Living Proof Mentoring, a nonprofit program designed to combat rural and racial isolation many black and brown youth are faced with in communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.