WeCARE will celebrate National Recovery Month in September with two community events. Our first event on Saturday, September 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 will celebrate recovery with a “Contra In The Street” on the corner of Church and Maine Street in Belfast, Maine. The Belfast Bay Fiddlers will provide the dance tunes and Chrissy Fowler will lead us through the dance steps. Yee-haw! Refreshments, recovery resources and WeCARE logo items. Let’s Celebrate Recovery! And then…
On Saturday, September 19th at 9:00 WeCARE will make recovery visible at our second annual “Break the Stigma-Recovery is Possible” community walk along beautiful Belfast waterfront. We will gather at Steam Boat Landing on Commercial Street, walk to and across the foot bridge and back. Our special guest speaker, Police Chief Leonard Campanello, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, will speak about the innovative, life saving program to address untreated drug addiction he and the Gloucester Police Department introduced in May of this year.
Chief Campanello, nationally known for his “assist” rather than “arrest” program. This program is designed to locate and then place individuals with untreated drug addiction into treatment. Since June of this year, Chief Campanello, his staff, and PAARI: Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative have placed (137) people into treatment for drug addiction. All of this has happened without a criminal arrest.
WeCARE: Waldo Encourages Community Assisted Recovery Efforts applauds Chief Campanello and welcomes him to our community on Saturday, September 19th. We say, “Bravo” Chief Campanello, we honor your commitment to the individuals and families who suffer from untreated and under treated drug and alcohol addiction.
We invite all Waldo County citizens to walk with WeCARE to “Break The Stigma~Recovery Is Possible”. Our vision is to build a collaborative, nonjudgemental, environment to support addiction recovery through education, advocacy, and compassionate community action for this misunderstood disorder which affects the mind, body, and spirit of the affected. Thank you.