Hello Port 45 Family and friends!
Kathy here again. I thought this week I would discuss some exciting new developments that are happening with the Recovery efforts here in Southern Ohio!
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Josh Lawson, who is the Recovery Program Coordinator at Shawnee State University Kricker Innovation Hub. Josh and I have worked together several times over the last few years with different projects aimed at advocacy for recovering addicts. Josh, not being a person in recovery, has shown me the passion that he has for helping those of us that struggle with addiction which makes sense because he is also a Pastor.
Josh has been given the opportunity to develop some resources for people in recovery through government grants in coordination with Shawnee State University. Now as a skeptic with most things, I thought that this would be another one of those projects where there would be data collected and statistics gathered as an educational tool with no real impact on the recovery efforts of individual addicts. I could not have been more mistaken. This is a program aimed at making a very real impact on the recovery community.
The program is bringing together people in the community, people in recovery, treatment facilities, small business owners, local churches, and many others to make more resources available to those in recovery. This committee is discussing educating business owners about the benefits of hiring people in recovery and ways to be flexible with schedules so that those receiving outpatient treatment can continue services without having to choose between treatment and a job.
Job training and vocational trainings for those with barriers that limit their ability to find gainful employment. Compiling a list of resources that will be accessible online so that anyone can be aware of the help that is available to them.
Last week I participated in a virtual meeting, that was open to the public, about Entrepreneurship in Recovery which featured several recovering addicts that has started successful businesses on their own. The meeting was a question/answer style format so that everyone in attendance could benefit from the advice of these people. There will be more of these types of meetings in the future as well.
There are so many more things that will be happening in the future of the endeavor and I am excited to see where it may take us. It gives me hope that maybe we can break down some walls for those in recovery that may be facing barriers in their new life. I love to be an advocate for those of us in recovery and I am still out there fighting the stigma!
I will keep you updated on any new developments and feel free to explore the Shawnee State Innovation Hub at ssuinnovation.com !
Until Next Time!
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