Budget cutbacks and more budget cutbacks, unemployment, businesses shutting down ... now, more than ever, is the time to bring needs in helping recovery to the forefront. Perhaps some of the end results of these cutbacks and unemployment are even making the numbers of those in need of recovery increase. And, this geographical area is not immune from the increasing and sad numbers of people caught in the web of alcohol or substance abuse. It's right here, right now even if the funds and ability to offer assistance are not. Most of us are directly affected in some way or another by the increasing numbers of addiction, whether it's directly in the heartache of watching a family member, neighbor or loved one in its clutches, or indirectly in seeing the increasing numbers of criminal incidents related to addition.
Grace House, Inc., in connection with The McShin Foundation in Richmond, VA, is planning a celebration of National Recovery Month in September. We will host a gathering for local residents here in Shenandoah on September 3rd and we need your help to plan and organize it. We plan to offer educational materials and information on support groups such as AA, NA, Al-Anon and early intervention and education in our schools. This is a big undertaking of a small private non-profit group and we need your participation and help, please.
We are planning a meeting or local law enforcement agencies, the churches, social services and other local professionals, to be held at Grace House, 509 3rd Street, Shenandoah, VA on Sunday afternoon, July 24th at 1:00 p.m. A light lunch will be served and a representative of the McShin Foundation will be there to assist with the educational and organizational aspect of getting things put together.
Please plan on joining us for this meeting aimed in trying to help our local residents at a time when there is such little public help available. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th ... your help is greatly needed and gratefully appreciated. Please call or e-mail Nancy Boyer at , or Pat Callahan at ,, if you need additional information.