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Norman Cartier with LAFIA Sober Living &Transitional Houses

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Been There Done That Show

Been There Done That Show


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Seven years ago, Normand Cartier’s home was a 4’ x 3’ tent in the wooded outskirts of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Today, after many journeys, literal and figurative, Normand’s home is a two bedroom house in Winnemucca, Nevada. But his thoughts are always on his “brothers and sisters on the streets” – those whose home might be the alcove of a church basement, behind a dumpster in a dark alley, or a torn tent in the woods.
A veteran of the broken rehab/recovery system, Normand is LAFIA's inspirational spokes...person who has worked tirelessly as an advocate for his brethren on the streets. Speaking with a soft but strong voice and calling upon Rhode Island’s government agencies to work together to eradicate the current cycles of rehab and recidivism that plagues that state’s drug and alcohol recovery programs, Normand’s steps have paved the way for the next phase of LAFIA’s evolution.
As LAFIA’s new Executive Vice President of Transitional Housing and Social Development, Cartier is leading the charge to create a series of LAFIA Houses for Sober Living and Transitional Hope, believing that the progress he made in his small home state could be a pattern repeated across the country. LAFIA has pledged to support the fundraising efforts, to allow that chance meeting, which became a movie, which honored a man, who started a movement, to blossom into a worthy mission