Now that we've placed over 200 people into Operation HOPE and celebrated our one year anniversary on 10/1, we have a lot of thank you's to pass around!
First, thank you to our employees who've embraced our “thinking outside the box” approach to doing SOMETHING to help. When we first started we said if we could save one or two lives it would be worth it. We never expected it to become what it has.
Thank you to Steve, Niki, Bridget, Krista and Nancy at Portland Recovery Community Center for all your help! Steve is our Substance Use Disorder guru and we would not operate without his endless support.
Thank you to every volunteer "Angel" past and present for your help in getting us to where we are today. We couldn't operate without PRCC, and we definitely could not operate without our amazing volunteers. I hope each of you are proud of the work you've accomplished.
And of course, thank you to every treatment center who has stepped up to assist us in helping Mainers in need. Two thirds of those coming in for help do not have any health insurance coverage. They have nowhere to turn, or face months-long wait lists for the limited Maine facilities. It's humbling to partner with so many facilities who see our needs and have been willing to say, "I will help".
We can't thank you enough for assisting us in saving Mainers' lives!
WHERE: NORDX, 301A US ROUTE 1, SCARBOROUGH
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 11 AM - 4 PM
RAIN DATE IS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016
Fun Family Activities include...
Raffles and Silent Auction
Face and Pumpkin Painting
Bake and Craft Sales
Police and Fire Rescue Vehicles
Kids & Adult Costume Parade
Trunk or Treat
… AND MUCH MORE!!!
All Proceeds to Benefit Operation HOPE at Scarborough Police Department!
For more information or to arrange a donation please contact Matt Driscoll at 207-396-7905 / email@example.com.
"NorDx is a not-for-profit clinical laboratory based in Scarborough, Maine. As a healthcare leader in the Northern New England area, NorDx believes that community and charity involvement is not just a generous act. Rather it is our duty to support our communities’ health and wellness as a whole."
We are now at 189 placements for Operation HOPE. Thank you to all our volunteers, Police Department personnel, and Portland Recovery Community Center for your dedicated service to this lifesaving program! Substance Use Disorder does not need to be a death sentence, we are seeing lives turned around. Recovery IS possible when treatment is available to those who want it.
We want to thank the following facilities for helping with placements since our last update of 160. We cannot thank you enough for all your assistance in helping us save Mainers' lives.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
NorDx will be hosting the First Annual NorDx Fall Festival and Silent Auction on October 15th to benefit Operation HOPE. Look for more about the event in the near future. In the meantime, NorDx is looking for the donation of goods and services to be auctioned; similar themed items may be bundled into lots to ensure the maximum potential auction price can be realized. No donation is too small. The event will be held at the NorDx Scarborough campus at 301 US Route One, Scarborough.
For more information or to arrange a donation please contact Matthew Driscoll at NorDx at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 396-7905.
NorDx is a not-for-profit clinical laboratory based in Scarborough, Maine. As a healthcare leader in the Northern New England area, NorDx believes that community and charity involvement is not just a generous act. Rather it is our duty to support our communities’ health and wellness as a whole.
"Angels" are trained citizen volunteers who provide support during the Operation HOPE intake and placement process. Men and women over the age of 21, with flexible schedules and available to respond during day-time hours during the weekday are needed. "Angels" help the SPD with placing adults with Substance Use Disorder into treatment. Duties include making phone calls, communicating with HOPE coordinators and/or PD employees, as well as providing a comforting and non-judgmental environment for the person seeking assistance. A completed application, background check, and training are required.
Please contact us to request an application or for more information about volunteering.
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."