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    Marnie Ward, who is sober 29 years, cuts turkey in the kitchen at the Portland Recovery Community Center on Thursday. "Your personal journey is respected and understood here, and not judged," Ward said. "There's such an openness. It helps you see life in a positive way."

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    Erican McGuilicuty spoons Cool Whip on a cranberry ring, which he made using his grandmother’s recipe, for the Thanksgiving Day meal at the Portland Recovery Community Center.

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    Liz Holder, right, a peer support specialist at the Portland Recovery Community Center, puts her hand to the cheek of Susan Kierstead, while they were talking after having finished their Thanksgiving Day meals. Kierstead, who has been coming to the center for five years, said that she lives in an assisted living home and was thankful to eat a meal and socialize. “I’m so happy I came today,” she said. “It’s brightened my day.”

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    Jennifer Bakst, left, helps hold the plate of David Bouthilette while he puts food on it during a Thanksgiving Day meal at the Portland Recovery Community Center on Thursday. Bouthilette, who has Parkinson’s disease, said he was happy to be able to come to the center to get a meal.

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