Since its launch on October 1st, Operation HOPE has assisted residents of 76 Maine towns and cities representing 14 of Maine’s 16 counties. Two-thirds of program participants lacked the health care coverage or financial resources which would have allowed them to obtain treatment on their own. Many of them are receiving free treatment and rehabilitation services courtesy of one of Operation HOPE’s nationwide network of cooperating treatment facilities.
Recently Frontline aired "Chasing Heroin", a two-hour investigation telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic's years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime.
Another video to watch is one just aired by Dateline. Filmed at the Gloucester, Mass. Police Department, the program features their "Angel" program. We worked with Chief Campanello and the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI) to help establish our Operation HOPE Program last October. The people we meet and stories we hear through Operation HOPE are nearly identical to those featured by Dateline. It just as easily could have been filmed here in Scarborough. Like in Gloucester, our officers and staff treat our program participants with respect and compassion, and Chief Moulton tries to greet and welcome each person who comes to us for help.
Chief Campanello (below, right) recently paid a visit to SPD and Operation HOPE.
• Senator Anne Haskell, Community Leader Award
• Dr. Michael Czerkes, Community Medical Leader Award
• Chief Robert Moulton, Community Legal Leader Award
• Margo Walsh, Community Business Leader Award
• Ruth Blauer, Community Addictions Leader Award
Please join us in congratulating Chief Moulton and all of these inspiring leaders and allies in the field of addiction treatment.
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Thank you friends at NorDx. A whole lot of essential supplies were dropped off by team Scarborough for Operation HOPE. It's one of a series of fundraisers the group is planning this summer. Thank you!
"I am truly blessed and grateful for your program. I went to you guys in early April completely beaten down and nowhere left to turn. You placed me in a detox, but unfortunately I used within an hour of leaving. I came back to you a week later and you were willing to help me without flinching (even tho I brought pills into your station). I do not have insurance, yet through your connections, you and new objectives in florida were willing to scholarship my stay down here. After 32 days I have now moved into a halfway down here and by God's grace, the halfway has also scholarshiped my intensive outpatient treatment! I am truly blessed and could not be happier to have been given this opportunity. Without your program, I'm not sure if I'd be alive today. Now I am 25 lbs healthier with a positive outlook on life for the first time in years. Your program and willingness to help is extraordinary. We addicts can't do it ourselves so I thank you each and everyday for helping me. Keep doing what your doing and I hope the public realizes what a great thing you are doing for the community. Again, I thank you for your willingness to help me and saving my life and giving me an opportunity to live the life I deserve. You will never be forgotten."
Another thank you note received today from an Operation HOPE placement at Milestone Foundation in Old Orchard Beach. Love these all letters we've been getting!
"Operation Hope, Just wanted to say thanks for what you guys do. You guys saved my life and I am so grateful that I can become a better father to my children, a better son, and brother to my family. I haven't been sober this long in a long time. This program isn't easy but I'll do whatever it takes to be there for my kids. I really hope that more people reach out to you guys for help, it's worth it. I'm so grateful again and my family is as well. Thank you."