A Walk for Hope will be held in Jasper on Saturday to show support for individuals fighting addiction and remember those who have lost their lives.The event will be held at Gamble Park from 9 a.m. to …
A Walk for Hope will be held in Jasper on Saturday to show support for individuals fighting addiction and remember those who have lost their lives.
The event will be held at Gamble Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Hope for Women, a 12-month, faith-based recovery program, is sponsoring the walk for the second year.
Kristen Shaw, executive director of Hope for Women, will greet participants at 9 a.m.
A 1-mile walk around the park will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a free lunch of hot dogs, chips and water.
The event will also include music, raffle drawings, inflatables, face painting and games such as horseshoes and corn hole.
Families and past residents of the program will also be on hand to share their stories of struggling through addiction and finding recovery.
Representatives of Capstone Rural Health, Addiction Policy Forum, Awakenings and ROSS will be providing information on how to get help for anyone with a substance use disorder.
A balloon release will be held on the Bevill State Community College quad next to the park at 11:30 a.m. in remembrance of those that have been lost to addiction.
A Walk for Hope will be held on the heels of International Overdose Awareness Day, which will be recognized around the globe today. The goals of the annual observance are to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. Local events also provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn loved ones in a safe environment, some for the first time without feeling guilt or shame.
Hope for Women opened in Jasper in 2012. The program can serve up to 30 women at a time.
Shaw said the program recently achieved an important milestone when it received accreditation from the Alabama Association of Christian Recovery Ministries.
In addition to further establishing the program's credibility, being recognized as a group home could also open up opportunities for government assistance, according to Shaw.
The program is divided into three phases. Residents live in the main house for the first four months and then transition to a second facility located nearby.
Residents spend the final three months in the program preparing for life after graduation.
"We assist them with things like finding a home or an apartment. They'll also get their license and have enough finances to get a car or relocate if that's something they want to do," Shaw said.