The first twenty days of Operation HOPE have been extremely busy. In addition to answering numerous phone inquiries and questions, Scarborough police saw thirty-one individuals walk in to the police station to request help with their addiction.
We have successfully placed twenty Mainers in treatment programs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Florida: Amethyst Recovery Center (FL), The Shores Treatment and Recovery (FL), The Program of West Palm Beach (FL), Satori Waters (FL), Road to Recovery (FL), Liberty Bay Recovery Center (ME), Crossroads (ME), Skip Murphy’s Structured Sober Living (ME), Phoenix House (ME), Plymouth House (NH), Just Believe Recovery (FL), and Malibu Renewal Centre (FL). We cannot thank you all enough for giving HOPE to Mainers choosing addiction treatment.
Our biggest challenge remains finding placements for uninsured folks, getting those detoxed who need it, and covering airfare and transportation costs to the treatment facilities. There are not enough detox and treatment facilities locally, which presents us with a significant challenge. On top of that, we have been told by the Maine Senate President’s office that only 12% of people showing up at hospital emergency rooms for substance abuse issues have insurance. And since Westbrook Mercy closed its doors, we have no local facilities available to detox those coming in for help. Of the twenty receiving placements through Operation HOPE so far, fifteen without insurance have received scholarships from Operation HOPE.
Ultimately, Maine’s heroin and opiate addiction problem will need to be solved by our politicians and government officials. Until that change comes, we will do what we can to help those in need. But we will need your help, too. Please give to Operation HOPE; together we can save lives!
Project GRACE, a Scarborough-based neighbors helping neighbors group, is partnering with Operation HOPE by accepting donations on its behalf. Visit www.projectgracemaine.org to make an online gift to support a neighbor's recovery from addiction. Or mail your gift to Project GRACE (PO Box 6846, Scarborough, ME 04070). Please be sure to put Operation HOPE in the memo field of your check or include a note with your gift.
Operation HOPE and Project GRACE have a formal agreement (MOU) that outlines Project GRACE's role as fiscal sponsor for Operation HOPE. >>MORE
Recent news coverage includes:
Scarborough police to launch innovative program to help drug addicts
Portland Press Herald / 9.17.2015
Scarborough Police Launch Addiction Initiative, Operation HOPE
The Current / 9.17.2015
Three People Take Advantage of Operation HOPE in Scarborough
WGME Channel 13 / 10.2.2015
NEW fleece blankets (small or 'throw' sizes work best). Bottled Water or NEW water bottles, and snacks are also needed. Please contact us prior to giving or for more info.
Day one of Operation HOPE saw three individuals come forward to ask for our help.
1. A woman in her 20's is headed for a 90 day treatment program in Florida.
2. A man in his 30's is in detox and has been cleared for a treatment program in Florida.
3. A woman in her 40's is at a local hospital while awaiting clearance for treatment.
One life saved is worth every bit of time and effort put into launching this program. A program that wouldn't be possible without our strong partnership with Portland Recovery Community Center, our volunteer Angels, and the rehab centers that have offered us support.
Thank you to our "Angels" Krista and Donna for your hard work today. Thank you to our VIP Betty who helped save us when it got busy. And thank you Amethyst Recovery Center for your amazing response to help someone in need.