The coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible, isolating impact on individuals who are seeking treatment for addiction or who are in early recovery. Each year, the holidays add even more stress and anxiety, often leading to relapses and overdoses. Throughout Alvis programs, we are working very hard to address these needs and support our clients as they learn a new way of life while also coping with a pandemic during one of the most stressful times of year.
Amethyst, an Alvis recovery program, is designed to meet the needs of women in treatment for addiction and trauma. To overcome isolation, it surrounds women with a community of recovery and support. It also provides prevention and treatment services for their children.
Across Alvis, the pandemic has both increased the need for treatment services and increased the cost of providing these services. The Smith Family learned of these needs from their son Campbell, who works at CleanTurn. There, he had the opportunity to work alongside several women who had benefited from the Amethyst program. He talked so much about the great work being done at Amethyst that his whole family decided to make a generous contribution to the Amethyst Family and Children's Program. They didn't stop there. The Smith's also adopted a family for Christmas through our Holiday Wishes program and looks forward to getting even more involved in 2021.
We are simply overwhelmed by the kindness and giving spirit of Ivan, Juila, Campbell and Eleanor Smith. We are also very grateful to all the wonderful and committed donors whose contributions are ensuring that Alvis is able to keep turning lives around, regardless of the pandemic or other challenges in our clients' lives. Will you help, too?