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5 Area Residents Attend Cecilton Recovery Town Hall

15 people supported the Recovery Town Hall on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Cecilton Community Center.  5 residents of the area, including Crystal Beach and Earleville, were in attendance.  Although there were no town officials, first responders or safety officers present, citizens from around the County attended to show their support of our neighbors south of the Canal.

Local treatment representatives were Mike Massuli, Deputy Director of the Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center at the Cecil County Health Department and Patrick Webb, a Peer Recovery Advocate at ADRC.  Two employees from Recovery Centers of America (RCA) attended:  a driver in recovery and a Recovery Support Specialist, along with an alumni from RCA.  Lorri Irgang from Maryland Coalition of Families was also in attendance.  Two members from the Cecil County Progressive Caucus who support recovery were participants as well.  A mother who lost her daughter to overdose in Earleville attended along with the residents of the area.  People in recovery/sobriety and our supporters made up this Recovery Town Hall.

The group discussed the most current overdose fatality statistics available:  out of the 35 overdose deaths in Cecil County this year, 6 are from this remote area (1 from Cecilton, 5 from Earleville).  Recognized barriers to recovery are a lack of transportation to treatment and supports, zero 12-step meetings south of the Canal and no recovery housing.  Finding childcare while the parent/caregiver attends treatment is also a barrier that was discussed.  Online support meetings are not easily accessible in this area where wifi can be very spotty.

Solutions involved coordinating efforts to take interested people to meetings in Middletown, Delaware through Cecil Transit.  A resident talked about how this is currently a practice for seniors in this area getting their prescriptions filled.  Another solution is to approach RCA and ask for support with providing a place for recovery support meetings to occur regularly.  We talked about how and who to proceed with these solutions.

Mike Massuli trained 5 residents to administer Narcan.

Our next Recovery Town Hall Meeting will be held in Rising Sun, MD.  Always on the second Wednesday of each month.  Please join us and be a part of the solution in Cecil County!

26 Trained to be VoH Recovery Volunteers

26 people who support recovery attended the free Recovery Volunteer Training on June 9, 2018 at the Susquehanna Workforce Center in Elkton, Maryland.  Attendees were introduced to a brief overview of harm reduction, trauma-informed care and addiction and mental health resources in Cecil County.  Also discussed are the barriers that many in our community face in regard to access to and coordination of care, family preservation and lack of accessible shelters in Cecil County.

Participants were offered Narcan training and medication by the Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center at the Cecil County Health Department.

These volunteers were invited to take part in Voices of Hope Outreach Teams that will be engaging with the community in various settings:

  • Homeless Outreach
  • Backpack Outreach
  • Overdose Response Team
  • Overdose Death Compassion Team

If you are interested in participating in any of these efforts, or volunteering your talent in another way (administration, marketing, training, fundraising, etc) please email voicesofhope414@gmail.com

 

 

 

Over 250 people Attend Voices of Hope Recovery Memorial Day Picnic

People in recovery, family members and allies came together on May 28, 2018 to honor our fallen service men and women and to celebrate our freedom.  RYD Entertainment played music until Gunsmoke headlined at 1:30 pm.  People played flag football, tug-of-war and corn hole while children played in the moon bounce and got their faces painted among bubbles blowing in the air.  There were raffles and prizes for the smallest and biggest fish of the fishing tournament.  Free chair massages were offered and an introduction to yoga session offered a peace break during the afternoon.

Winner of Tug of War:  The Anonymous Team

Winner of Biggest Fish:  Carter DeStafano

Winner of Smallest Fish:  Sean Martineau

Best of all, we made new friends, spent time with old ones and strengthened our alliances to build our recovery capital in Cecil County!  Thank you to everyone who made this celebration possible, we could not do it without you.  Here are just a few special moments: