The George B. Crane Memorial Center is a gem in the heart of the Berkshires located downtown on the west side of Pittsfield, MA.
In 2004, when the SIOGA Club of the Berkshires, which hosted 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous meetings burned down, Pittsfield resident and SIOGA Club member, Doug Malins, got busy finding a new location to rebuild. The George B. Crane Memorial Center (GBCMC) was created with a city grant from Mayor James Ruberto, generous donations from individuals, volunteer labor through the Berkshire County Sherrif's Department, and a common belief that addiction should bear no stigma. The center opened its doors for operation in 2010.
Now in our thirteenth year, GBCMC supports many kinds of recovery groups including 12-step groups, art, yoga, and meditation. GBCMC is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. We operate by receiving donations from individuals, our groups, local businesses, fellow charities, and grants we apply for.
In April 2022, Mayor Linda Tyer and the American Rescue Plan Act Investment Team approved our written proposal for an investment of federal ARPA funds received by the city of Pittsfield. We used this money to create a Community Liaison position for the next three years at GBCMC.
In July 2022, we opened our office 20 hours a week so people can stop by to learn about community resources such as recovery meetings, treatment for substance and alcohol use disorder, social services, housing advocacy, and harm reduction. Our Community Liaison can help you make calls, fill out applications, link you to services and is here to listen to your needs.
Community Liaison office hours are:
Stop in, or call (413) 464-7066, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. to make an appointment.
Visit our MEETINGS & CLASSES page for our current schedule.
Board of Directors
Aaron Elzner, President
William Moriarty, Vice President
Gary Burke, Treasurer
Kellie Meisl, Secretary
Kate Frissell, Clinical Director of ALC
Paul Supranowicz, CEO of ALC
Douglas Malins, Founder
The George B. Crane Memorial Center, located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is the home of the former SIOGA Club of Berkshire County, Inc. a unique, one of a kind, non-profit [501(c)3] community support organization.