Our outreach teams believe in the transformative power of recovery. Our lives have been forever changed by this power. Hope Street is our action of gratitude: reaching out to addicts, offering relationship, information, resources and recovery. Leading up to Giving Tuesday, Voices of Hope wants you to know how your donation is investing in our community response to the addiction epidemic in Cecil County. One way is through funding supplies, training and coordination of our Hope Street Outreach. This team’s focus is building helping relationships in the communities that need it most. We talk and relate to people as equals. Our mission is to give hope that recovery is possible for all. Team members have been trained in harm reduction principles, trauma informed care and local treatment and recovery support organizations. Many friendships have been made and community trust in Voices of Hope as a helping organization is growing.
Teams of two go out routinely every week in Hollingsworth Manor, Lakeside Trailer Park, Downtown Elkton and Winding Brook. Teams include people who live and recover in these neighborhoods.
In October, Hope Street made 127 connections in 22 walks. 2 sex workers in Elkton were connected to treatment and recovery supports in our first week. We offer information on how to get into treatment, 12-step meeting information and crisis hotline numbers. We also give the walk-in treatment times for the Health Clinic at the Cecil County Health Department. We know that giving information and encouraging people who use drugs to seek prevention and treatment will lower infections and Hepatitis C transmission. People will find recovery. Families will be saved.
Your funds pay for pamphlet printing, condoms, safe use and wound care supplies, needle collection equipment (we clean them up on the street) and for the purchase of Narcan. By distributing Naloxone to the people who use drugs and their families, we believe the number of overdose deaths will decrease.
Please support Voices of Hope as your charity of choice this Giving Tuesday. Your investment makes Cecil a safer place to live and raise our children. Thank you!