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North East Recovery Town Hall Attracts 30 Participants

Families who have found recovery, those who seek it for a loved one and families who lost the battle were among the group who attended the North East Recovery Town Hall at St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church parish house on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.  Voices of Hope planned and invited the community to attend.

“We never know who will show up.” said Jennifer Tuerke, President of the Board of Directors of Voices of Hope, Inc.   “We just set the date and invite everyone:  treatment providers, recovery supporters, people who seek recovery and those who have found it.  We want to bring the resources to the people, offer and listen to solutions, but most importantly, to build relationships.  Active and caring relationships are what makes a community whole and healthy.   We believe that, with our limited resources, it is our best defense against what is happening in our community”

Two people who are seeking Senator seats were in attendance.  Two area treatment providers were present:  Ashley Addiction Treatment and the Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center (ADRC) from the Cecil County Health Department.  Pastor Phil Meekins represented Monarch Recovery Ministries halfway houses and some of the women residents of the Amy House were present.  Father John Schaeffer of St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church talked about the 12-Step Recovery Church Service there on the second Sunday of each month and the food provided to those in need twice a week.  Many people in recovery attended as well as family members whose children are in recovery.  Some were seeking treatment and recovery supports for a loved one.  A grieving mother was attending the Recovery Town Hall before the Healing Hearts Overdose Death Grief Support Group meeting across the street later that night.  She shared a brief introduction which brought many to tears.

Voices of Hope presented how people can get involved in helping and healing our community by attending the Recovery Volunteer Army training on August 25, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Susquehanna Workforce Center in Elkton.  Information about treatment and recovery supports in Cecil County will be shared, and how to access them.  Training will also cover harm reduction principles and trauma informed care.  After completing this training, one can decide to join an Outreach Team or just take the information home with them.

5 people were Narcan trained by ADRC at this event.  Amazing donuts and coffee was provided by the Chesapeake Bay Coffee Company in North East.  Thank you to all who participated – you make a difference!




3 People from Port Deposit Attend 1st Recovery Town Hall

Voices of Hope hosted the first of the Cecil County Recovery Town Hall series in Port Deposit on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  19 people attended, with 3 from Port Deposit.  There were no Town Administrators or Officials, no Cecil County treatment providers, no churches or organizations from Port Deposit present.  The three people from Port Deposit in attendance represented recovery in the area.  No families or individuals came seeking addiction treatment, support or requested Narcan training or medication.

Perhaps the low attendance was poor publicity on our part.  We promoted on social media, through the newspapers and posted throughout the town.  Or maybe this could be a positive indication of the health and wellness of this small town of 767 people (2016).  However, Raymond Lynn, Cecil County Heroin Coordinator, presented statistics at the meeting that suggest caution.  He said of the updated 600 overdoses in Cecil County in 2017, 80 were fatal.  About 15% of the total were from the Port Deposit area.  That percentage from Port Deposit is remaining the same so far in 2018.   There has been a total 200 Cecil County overdoses and 20 fatal to date.  Mr. Lynn also reported that the average age of the County’s overdoses this year is 22, from about age 35 last year.  Sadly, 21 Cecil County children have lost a parent to overdose so far in 2018.

Those also in attendance were core Voices of Hope members: people in recovery, family members and recovery supporters of Cecil County.  We ended the meeting by strengthening our resolve to keep working to bring recovery treatment and support to individuals and families struggling in Cecil County.  Healing Hearts, the Overdose Death Grief Support Group, was present and talked about their mission.  Mike Massuli, Clinical Director of the Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center at the Cecil County Health Department, presented resources and Narcan training for anyone interested.  Also present was Maryland Circuit Court Judge Will Davis, Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Bessicks and Maryland House of Delegates candidate Jobeth Rocky Bowers.  Thank you all for your support.

We hope that our next Recovery Town Hall in Cecilton on June 13 is also a success and more local resources represented.  We appreciate the time and energy of all our Recovery Supporters.  Cecil County is caught in an addiction epidemic, we will not lay down and let our community die easy.  We will fight to save our families.