On Saturday, September 19, 2015, WeCARE celebrated National Recovery Month with our second annual walk to “End The Stigma~Recovery is Possible”. With an increase from sixteen walkers to almost one hundred supporters, we walked the Belfast waterfront, over the famous footbridge and back.
When we returned, we gathered around the gazebo on Steam Boat Landing, to hear from Chief Leonard Campanello, from Gloucester, Massachusetts. He explained to us how he and his police department launched a program to “assist” not “arrest” people suffering from untreated drug addiction.
Chief Campaneollo’s innovative program has gained national attention and in just three months time, (187) people have been assisted into treatment. P.A.A.R.I. an acronym for Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative which includes a volunteer team of “Angels” have provided comfort, support and guidance to the seekers of recovery. The program now has followers in several states including Maine.
The Scarborough Police Department instituted a PAARI program just this month. See article Scarborough PD here: http://gloucesterpd.com/2015/09/17/scarborough-maine-police-partner-with-p-a-a-r-i-to-create-gloucester-style-addiction-initiative/
And so it goes, WeCARE and the Belfast Police Department will begin a new collaboration of community and law enforcement in Waldo County next week. Please stay tuned…
Chief Campanello talks with community leaders
Brian Jones and Jay Bain support WeCARE
Our Chief with his pal Alan Kaplan
Two of our walkers who are dedicated to visible recovery
The WeCARE symbol ready for the walkers
Our friend, John Pangiochi, a servant of the community
Reverend Alan Shumway, WeCARE supporter all the way
Thanks Everyone, you made our day!