Waltham, MA – Herren Project, founded by former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren, and Commodore Builders, a Greater Boston construction management company, are launching an innovative, next-level employee assistance program to combat the disease of addiction, empower people affected by it, and foster wellness and recovery.

Chris Herren’s nonprofit organization, Herren Project, is providing Commodore Builders comprehensive services to support recovery and wellness for Commodore’s employees and their families. Through Herren Project’s Corporate Recovery and Wellness Program, the organization is offering treatment placement assistance, recovery coaching, family support groups, a support hotline and on-site informational sessions to support, inspire and empower any of Commodore Builders’ employees or their families affected by substance use disorder.

Chris Herren, founder of Herren Project, Herren Talks and Herren Wellness, says “This is not your typical employee assistance program…We’re going the extra mile for Commodore employees and their families. We’re giving them life-changing services and will stay by their side while they or their family member get the help they need.”

Joe Albanese, founder and CEO of Commodore Builders, says, “The magnitude of the opioid epidemic requires an innovative and comprehensive approach. We are leading on this issue by providing our employees and their families with access to a full spectrum of services including treatment, recovery and education. This type of partnership is unprecented, and my hope is that it will become a model which the entire construction industry can emulate.”

The partnership will provide all 170 Commodore employees and their families with easily accessible services, resources and information so that, as needed they can begin to heal and recover. Anyone in need of treatment also has the option to explore Herren Wellness, Chris Herren’s residential substance use, health and wellness center.

Says Executive Director of Herren Project, Kevin Mikolazyk, “We’re committed to walking with Herren and Commodore Launch Innovative EmployeeRecovery and Wellness Program people on their journey to recovery and also to helping family members heal from the effects of their loved one’s addiction. We’re happy to be partnering with Commodore Builders to empower their employees to get the support they need and deserve.”

Adds Lisa Ulbrich, Commodore Vice-President, Tenant Interiors, “As an industry, we need to do more than stock our jobsites with Narcan.  At Commodore, our vision is to provide a compassionate, all-encompassing approach to substance use disorder. We are promoting wellness and recovery by wrapping services and support around our employees and their families.”

Herren Project is a national nonprofit organization providing free resources and support for the treatment, recovery and prevention of substance use disorder. Commodore Builders is the first company to join Herren Project’s Corporate Recovery and Wellness Program which Herren Project leaders hope will become a benchmark within employee assistance programs across various industries and regions.

Commodore Builders is a $400M veteran-owned Construction Management firm that builds some of Greater Boston’s most high-profile projects in the commercial, life science, tenant interiors, and academic markets.  Commodore delivers on their clients’ complex needs by providing efficient, effective, and innovative solutions to eliminate surprises, elevate the project experience, and execute with excellence.  The company was recently ranked #6 among the top medium-sized employers in Massachusetts for 2019 on the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work list.