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.
Walk-in hours are now Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Friday, 7 a.m. - Noon. (Excluding Holidays).
If you are interested in exploring treatment options for your opiate addiction through Operation HOPE please come in during these times to get screened.
As of today Operation HOPE has placed 120 Mainers into drug treatment across nine states. Thank you to our volunteer "Angels", Steve and Nikki from Portland Recovery Community Center, and everyone here at Scarborough PD for your hard work. Thank you as well to Ian and Tommy from Amethyst Recovery Center and Renee from South Florida Recovery Center for continuing to help us find placements for people without insurance.
A huge thank you as well to every facility that has helped us place someone in need of drug treatment since October 1st. Because of your commitment to help those in need, 120 men and women have been given the chance to take back their lives. Each of these facilities has helped place the last 20 people into treatment: Evolutions Treatment Center, New England Recovery Center, Chestnut Street Sober Living, Amethyst Recovery Center, Royal Life Centers, Milestone Foundation in Old Orchard, Serenity At Summit, New Objectives, Chandler Valley Hope, Desert Cove Recovery Center, York County Shelter Programs, Inc., Destination Hope Inc., Pioneer Recovery, Liberty Bay Recovery Center. Origins of Hope, Nova Recovery Center.
Finding beds for uninsured Mainers has become increasingly difficult. If you are affiliated with a treatment center who is willing to help us please call Nikki at 207-225-2575.