For Immediate Release:
Pause A While Inc Orleans Ma
Bruce Bierhans has been appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board for Pause A While Inc.
The Board of Directors of Pause A While Inc is pleased to announce that Bruce Bierhans has agreed to become Chairman of the Pause A While Inc. Advisory Board.
Pause A While Inc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), located in Orleans Ma. The Pause is dedicated to hosting 12-step recovery meetings. These meetings are the long-term treatment component for alcoholism and drug addiction. Two hundred people per day attend meetings held at the Pause to achieve and maintain their sobriety. 12-step recovery meetings have been held at the current location for nearly 20 years, and also include meetings held to support the loved ones and families of those who are suffering from addiction and/or alcoholism. More recently, meetings have been added to support teenage children with one or both parents who are alcoholic and/or addicted.
Paul Dart, President of the Board of Directors for Pause A While Inc indicates that “having someone of Mr. Bierhans’ caliber and dedication to the Cape Cod community, is an evolutionary step for the Pause A While organization. Bruce’s family, like so many others, has been touched by alcoholism and addiction. His uncle and best friend as a youth, Stephen Miller, passed away as the result of alcoholism and depression. The Gosnold ‘Miller House’ was dedicated in Stephen’s name.” Mr. Bierhans, a trial and business lawyer by profession, has extensive experience with many of the Cape’s nonprofits, focused both in healthcare and in performing arts.
Mr. Bierhans currently serves as Chairman of the Cape Wellness Collaborative, a local nonprofit providing integrative therapies for cancer patients. He is also the former Chairman of Outer Cape Health Services. In the Cape’s performing arts scene, Mr. Bierhans was a co-founder and serves as a current board member of Wellfleet Preservation Hall. He assisted in the board’s initial efforts to raise funds to purchase and renovate the iconic Catholic church in the center of town. He was also the former President of the Payomet Performing Arts Center, former CEO and Chairman, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) and former Chairman, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. He is a current Vice President of WOMR.
According to Mr. Dart, “The Pause is on the front lines in the battle of addiction and alcoholism. In the Cape communities served by the Pause, there are 1200 patients admitted to local hospitals, detoxes, and rehabs for alcoholism and addiction each year. The Pause provides the critical space for 12-Step meetings for 200 individuals per day in various stages of recovery. These meetings are essential to the long- term treatment for substance abuse.”
“Helping build critical community organizations is a passion for Bruce, and we are lucky to have him join us. Pause A While is facing the urgent task to purchase our current location or lose access to it entirely by 2022. Protecting access requires the Pause organization to reach out to individuals, the Cape business community, and the Cape’s community leaders. Bruce is the cornerstone of that effort.”
Bruce Bierhans added, “When I first met Paul at the Pause A While location, I was extremely impressed by the facility, but more so, by the number of people that visit the facility each day for the underlying 12-Step programs. I believe that the important work done at the Pause is an essential component of the efforts by many to address alcoholism and addiction on the Cape. I look forward to helping the organization purchase its home so that the good work taking place there can continue uninterrupted”
Pause a While is not affiliated with any 12-Step Group. It is an independent organization. By providing daily access to a dedicated meeting hall, Pause A While’s mission is to foster the sense of continuity and community within the recovery population and their families. Pause A While Inc. is an all-volunteer organization; there are no paid staff members or executive officers. Pause A While is launching a Capital Campaign to raise funds to purchase both its current location at 26 Giddiah Hill Rd., as well as the adjacent lot. More Information can be found on the organization’s website pauseawhile.org.
Paul J. Dart
President, Board of Directors
Pause A While Inc.
Member of the Board and Director of Communications
Pause A While Inc