As we say goodbye to 2018, thank you

As we say goodbye to 2018, thank you

Happy Holidays from Family Recovery Center. The season promotes good will to all, something everyone wishes would last for the whole year long.

Some new faces have joined the FRC staff this year. Stephen Vega began the duties of executive director of the agency on Nov. 1. The traditions of FRC will continue as well as expectations for new traditions under Vega’s leadership. The goals are helping families in recovery from overwhelming challenges that have led to substance abuse and mental health issues as well as prevention of substance abuse.

Knowledge is key. The FRC Education Department has served 7,738 students over the past year, part of 71,912 members in the community. Those services include educating the community, promoting healthy choices, providing drug-free and alcohol-free activities, and encouraging people to get involved in events hosted throughout the county.

The Aiming High program was invited back to school events in the county with staff interacting with 2,000 students and adults.

Staff piloted high school prevention lessons in Leetonia this year and worked with EBP (evidence-based programming) Expansion to visit the Salem Community Center several times in June to provide prevention lessons and team building activities for the Summer Kids Camp program (ages 6-14).

The Youth Coalition and Teen Institute were active in their home school districts. All 11 school districts participated.

Youth Mentoring involvement was steady with 171 mentors and youth being mentored meeting each month.

The ADAPT (Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Team) Coalition hosted and participated in many events and activities ranging from information tables to speaking engagements and hosting trainings and Leadership Team events.

The Problem Gambling media campaign message was distributed to thousands of students and adults in the county.

EBP funding was used to develop the Marijuana: Myth vs. Fact Program. Several schools and grades signed up for the spring sessions. Students also participated in the Be Smart, Be Safe Coalition to provide a marijuana education table at the Arrive Alive events at East Palestine, Leetonia, Lisbon and Southern Local schools.

The Be Smart, Be Safe Coalition at FRC reached 23,845 people (of the 71,912 we mentioned earlier) with traffic safety awareness through education, media campaigns, community events and blitz flyers.

FRC couldn’t succeed so well without the support and participation of the community. Working together gets positive results that truly do promote “good will to all the whole year through.”

Thank you, school administrators and staff who acknowledge and assist with FRC programs that are good for students and their families.

Thank you to businesses and community for caring about the well-being of employees and families.

Thank you to FRC Education Staff for the hours of dedication to the work you put into what you do.

Thank you, volunteers, who care about the well being of out county.

Thank you to those persons in recovery who keep working at living addiction-free.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Addiction has no address, but Family Recovery Center does. For more information about the education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related behavioral issues, contact the agency at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or e-mail, FRC is funded, in part, by United Way of Northern Columbiana County.