Familiarity with Addiction Drives Donation
The owners of a chain of autobody repair centers, Phil and Kate O’Connor, owners of POC Collision, gave a rebuilt car to a woman who sought treatment for heroin addiction through Operation HOPE. The O’Connors are members of the National Auto Body Council, which founded a program called Recycled Rides in 2007. More than 1,000 recycled and rebuilt cars have been donated to individuals, organizations and schools across the country through the program. POC employees and volunteers donated their time to rebuild the car and vendors either donated parts or sold them at heavily discounted prices. Phil O’Connor said the decision to give a vehicle to a recovering addict through Operation HOPE was a particularly meaningful one. “It sort of hits me, personally. I’ve had (addiction) in my family, too,” he said. “We hear a lot of stuff on the news about the drug epidemic we have in Maine,” and there tends to be a negative perception of those suffering from addiction, O’Connor said. ... He said he wants recovering addicts to know they’re not alone. And rather than ostracizing someone for their addiction, O’Connor said he likes the idea of instead rewarding them for working toward recovery. Read more in the FORECASTER.
Designing for HOPE
MPRINTJewelry has designed a new line called "Traveling Together". $5 from each bracelet sale will be donated to Operation HOPE.
Anne Gilardi, founder and creative force behind FIST FULL OF HOPE offers necklaces and bracelets that extend the lifeline of hope. Anne's bracelets are also offered to those headed to treatment centers with the help of Operation HOPE.
Intake Room Makeover
Our HOPE intake room was in dire need of a facelift. A huge thank you to Oak Hill ACE Hardware for donating the blue paint! So appreciated.
Holiday Campaign Raises Key Funding for HOPE
Thanks to Heidi for spearheading a holiday giving campaign that brought much needed early funds from friends, family, and communities.