With January 23rd - 27th marking National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, we take a look at one of our 2016 SOPHi winners for their dedication to substance abuse prevention.
HOPE Chautauqua is a substance abuse prevention coalition. We are an organization of caring community members committed to coordinating diverse community partners. Our efforts serve to educate and advocate while helping to connect individuals and families with the resources necessary to reduce the impact of drugs on our community in every way. We are currently working on a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Partnership for Success grant to address the prescription drug and heroin epidemic from an environmental prevention standpoint. Successful efforts demonstrate the hard work of a generous community and passionate volunteers dealing with the very difficult task of preventing substance misuse and its consequences.
Our community has really come together to build the resources necessary, and the bridges to those resources, for individuals and families to find the help they need regarding prevention, treatment, and recovery. The networks that have been and are continuing to be built across sectors is inspiring. The faith-based community has connected with many other sectors to offer help and hope. They have created the Addiction Response Ministry, offering many additional supports for people but also committing to enhancing the reach of the messages of the coalition and the greater community. Additionally, youth serving agencies and parents have come together to activate the Youth Advisory Committee with a focus on positive youth development and youth advocacy. Through the initiation of a very successful program from Dover Youth to Youth, we will be engaging youth in peer advocacy and community based environmental efforts to expand the reach of prevention knowledge and skills.
The best part about the work we have been doing are the relationships that have been growing and inspiring others to do their part. Chautauqua Bright Spots focuses on empowering neighborhoods, groups, and individuals to create Bright Spots by highlighting positive alternatives, building community connectedness and synergy and making Chautauqua a healthy place to live, work and play. What encourages me are the friendships forming around being active in that mission. People want to increase their Involvement in the community, to offer positive alternatives, to provide or share help, resources, and services and to be the change they want to see with tangible movement and action.
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