It's notes like these that keep us going!
"Hello!! I was at Amethyst in patient for almost 60 days. Amethyst was an AMAZING program and I absolutely loved it. I had such a great time while I was there and they really helped me in my recovery. Learning how to have fun sober while also getting to the root of some of the things I needed to work on emotionally to prevent feeling the need to use again in the future. I have been sober since coming down here. Just about 5 months now!! I did their IOP for a little bit and then moved down to more southern Florida, lived in halfway and did IOP all up until about a month ago when I started to rent my own place. I have a job that I love, my own place, a scooter... It feels amazing. Thank you so much for everything operation hope did for me. I don't know where I would be if you guys hadn't helped me find a place to go as quickly as you did. It's an amazing program that can help hundreds and thousands just like me to get their lives on track. I have never been happier. I cannot thank you enough." Received April 25, 2016
"I went through operation hope back on December 17th. Still in Florida where I was placed. Wanted to thank you and the angels who helped me get here. I don't recall her name but she was a god send. I was still mentally unclear when it was happening. I wish I could just thank her for her time and help and love. Thank you all for making this possible. I'd like to help others from this end. If there's something I can do to help or participate please let me know. We only get to keep what we have by giving it back. Can the department relay the message to the angel for me that I'm doing well and that I thank her and wouldn't be where I'm at without her or the department?" Received April 7, 2016
Jim and Joanne Damicis, who live in Scarborough, are parents who know the opiate addiction crisis first-hand. They recently shared their perspective in the April 25th Forecaster. Jim and Joanne have taken the time to learn about the problems of addiction and mental illness so that they can not only better help their son, now 23 and in recovery, but also help others. Click the "Read More" link for the full article.
Rev. Marcia Charles and members of the Blue Point Congregational Church stopped in today with a $2,000 donation for Operation HOPE, along with several blankets that have been blessed. Thank you so much for the support!
As of April 1st, we are currently at 137 placements for Mainers seeking treatment for Heroin/Opiate addiction. Huge thanks to our dedicated Angels, Portland Recovery Community Center, and everyone who has played a part in getting us here.
Thank you to the following treatment providers who've assisted us in placing the last 17 people: Liberty Bay Recovery Center, Milestone Foundation, Chestnut Street Sober Living, Evolutions Treatment Center, Crossroads, Central Maine Counseling Key 3 West, Inc, Simple Recovery, A Road To Recovery Substance Abuse Treatment Center, New Objectives, Fort Lauderdale Hospital, Port St. Lucie Hospital, Satori Waters, Amethyst Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, Bella Monte Recovery Center, New Directions LLC, Of these newest 17 placements, seven were insured and 10 were scholarships. To date, 90 of the 137 placements have been scholarship beds.
If you are an addiction treatment provider and would like to assist Operation HOPE with placements please reach out to Niki or Steve from Portland Recovery Center at 207-553-2575. Thank you.
Huge thanks go out to second year Pharmacy students from University of New England. Each year the second year Pharmacy students hold a "Half-Way Charity Gala" to celebrate half-way through their pharmacy education. At this event, they also raise money for the charity of their choice. The Pharmacy Class of 2018 chose Operation HOPE this year. Thank you!