On January 24th, Operation HOPE at Scarborough PD made its 400th placement of a Mainer into treatment for Substance Use Disorder. As of today we are at 402 placements!
We opened the doors on October 1st, 2015. I can tell you we NEVER thought it would become what it has. We didn't see this program lasting more than a year or two. We didn't expect the success, we didn't expect the media attention, we didn't expect to join such a big and important fight for those struggling. We've made amazing friends and allies along the way. We've struggled and hit walls and been defeated numerous times. But we kept fighting. ALWAYS KEEP FIGHTING!
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible....
Treatment facilities, sober living facilities, medication assisted treatment facilities, detox facilities who have worked with us to help those struggling. You have helped us help 402 people!
Our police personnel and HOPE coordinators who have fought everyday to help all those we could. Who have learned so much along the way about SUD and those who struggle with it. Who don't look at the people coming in and see a moral failing, but a PERSON with a disease who needs support and treatment without judgement.
Our volunteers past and present who have helped make many of those placements. Who've dropped what their doing to immediately come in and find help for men and women who didn't have anywhere else to turn.
Our partners at Portland Recovery Community Center who have graciously offered up their time to help us with fundraising, placements, and training. If we hadn't met Steve Cotreau at PRCC way back in August of 2015, there may never have been an Operation HOPE.
Every person or business that has donated funds or supplies to Operation HOPE, or helped us with grants. We have been able to stay open because of this incredibly important support.
Most importantly, thank you to every single man and woman who walked through our doors and asked for help. We understand how terrifying it is to walk into a Police Station, admit to illegal behavior, sometimes turning over drugs and needles, and then hoping that in turn they would receive help and not punishment. You are the bravest and most important part of this entire program. Without your bravery to seek help for SUD, there would be no reason for us to be open. You did the hardest work of everyone on this list.
Sadly, we have lost some of our people along the way. Both volunteers and placements that are missed every single day. Substance Use Disorder is a life-long disease, don't ever take your recovery and renewed self for granted. You are worthy of a happy, healthy, and peaceful life.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! We are so proud to be part of something bigger. Our doors are still open and we're here if you need us.
- Jaime Higgins