Volume 8,| Dember, 2018
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Tis The Season
for
Joyful Gratitude
Just as the holiday season of Christmas and Hanukah celebrations follows Thanksgiving so naturally does the realization that thankfulness is all about gifting to others.  Among folks who hang with Road2Recovery this has the feel of “passing it forward”. Surely there is no better time for us—each of us, no matter our faith—to redress this truth in our own lives.  Nor does it seem inappropriate for all of us at R2R to find a moment when we can really take in what has come to pass during this year and celebrate the caring and healing energy that is R2R. And, in doing so, recommit our own energies to forwarding the work of this life-saving project into the coming new year. 
SPECIAL EVENTS UPCOMING:
NARCAN 
TRAINING SESSION
With Kevin Donovan, ACR Health

  • DATE: DECEMBER 11TH, 2018
  • TIME: 6:30P.M.
  • PLACE: FLEET FEET 5800 BRIDGE STREET DEWITT, NEW YORK

This is an amazing, life-saving intervention for opioid overdose. And, it is amazingly easy to carry with you and administer when confronted with someone who appears to be in overdose. Talk about "saving lives, one at a time"!
  • There are no fees associated with the training nor is there any commitment to carry Narcan even after having received the training.

  • PLEASE DO COME AND HEAR THE PROGRAM OUT EVEN IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT! COME AND LEARN, ENTERTAIN THE POSSIBILITY!

RSVP PLEASE WITH 
FAMILY RECOVERY PROGRAM:

  • DATE: January 12th, 2019
  • TIME: 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
  • LOCATION: 8219 Market Place, Bldg. #10, Manlius, N.Y.

Anyone even casually conversant with opioid addiction cannot but appreciate how the suffering is never confined to the addict.  It spills out over into the lives of persons who orbit the addict—from family and friends, to employers, co-workers, and, of course into the community at large.  Most profoundly affected, of course, are families.  Albeit in different and perhaps less obvious ways, families are as devastated by this disease as is the member who suffers as the immediate victim.  

Darlene’s most recent innovation into this world of care has been to develop a program of family support—an event to which families of suffering addicts can come to find educational and treatment opportunities as well as extended hands of emotional and spiritual support from persons who have been themselves the “collateral damage” of this virulence. 

Specialists in addiction will discuss:
            --how do drugs effect the brain
            --how to help the person with addiction
            --how to care for yourself
            --books, groups, and resources.

Structured like a booth-fair this day is designed to reach out to the family members of our recipients (primarily).  While others may be able to fill slots untaken, these are themselves fairly limited in number. 

This event is free and lunch will be provided.

Persons must pre-register for this event. For information and to register please contact Darlene at:

NOTICES. ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND DATES:

  • Darlene and her trusty crew of volunteers is well on her way to delivering Christmas stockings to persons who are hospitalized with opioid-addiction complications during the holidays.

  • Everyone is encouraged to add our R2R alumni to their Christmas card list. Addresses for them can be found here

  • Terry and Rob Flower have volunteered to send out homemade Christmas cookies and fudge to our alumni. (Anyone else who wants some fudge, it is a matter of a small fee (smile))

  • The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on January 17th, 2019 at the CNYCF Board Room.

  • The next Volunteer Meeting will take place at 6:30p.m. on February 13th, 2019 at Fleet Feet.

  • DON'T FORGET: the Volunteer Dinner on January 10th, 2019 (Details to follow.)

  • Recipient news:
  • Joey just got promoted at work and has moved to sober apartments (for strong candidates)
  • Mark is acting as a leader at sober living and working a strong program. He just started working at an auto parts store
  • Rhiannon has moved to sober living at Eudaimonia

  • Don't forget the Meditation Group! (Open to the Public)
  • Introduction to Meditation for Beginners. We meet at Jamesville Community Library 7-8 pm Monday nights.

  • And, of course, our T-SHIRTS! Volunteers, you'll want to wear yours to our events, right? New long-sleeved "warmies" now available!
  • If you would like to order one (several?) please contact Darlene at endydarlene@gmail.com.
TIME FOR ANOTHER CELEBRATION!!
HEARTS WERE really
4
THE ARTS
(AND THE CAUSE OF R2R)

ANOTHER MOMENT
FOR THANKS!

OUR SINCERE GRATITUDES TO:

THE COUNTLESS, WONDERFUL ARTISITS WHO CONTRIBUTED THEIR ART
(too numerous to list)

And, of course, to
our generous sponsors:

Glazed and Confused (Thank you, AGAIN, Paulie!)
Brooklyn Brewery (thank you Mary Wiles)
Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (thank you Eddie Brennan)

Tops Friendly Markets

Without your support this event simply could not take place!


AND
Thanks so much to all of you who joined in the huge effort to pull this event off: especially those of you who cast the nets to find our contributing artists.and worked so hard to put the venue into shape hanging the art and all! (See below!)
BRAVO!!
Our evening was a remarkable success ;

  • BRINGING IN NEARLY $2,800
  • HELPING TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR CAUSE!
  • GIVING US A CHANCE TO KEEP THE ENERGY HIGH!!
NOTES FROM THE BOARD: (Meeting Précis)
  • The November Board Meeting was held at the CNYCF Board Room on November 27th, 2018. In attendance were Board Members Barry Weiss, Alexandra Punch, and Rob Flower. Also in attendance were R2R Executive Director Darlene Endy, Tim Endy, R2R Chief Medical Officer, R2R Financial Officer, Karen Ayoub, and Terry Flower, who is serving the Board as Recording Secretary.

  • Usual Board affairs: minutes passed, ED report.
  • Financial Report from Karen Ayoub (discussion)
  • New Mission Statement Passed
  • Barry Weiss "elected" Board Chairperson
  • Discussion of R2R Video Project
  • Passed document on Board Member Responsibilities
  • Discussion of By-law documents (to be continued)
  • Discussion of Tim Endy's Strategic Planning Draft (Work on this remarkable document will continue into the future.)
  • General discussion of strategic planning.

  • NOTE: Formal Minutes of Board Meetings may be procured from Terry Flower
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES :
ADDICTION POLICY FORUM
Spotlight Series
As we have noted for the past-several installments, the Addiction Policy Forum offers a website from which an extraordinary amount of important information about opioid addiction can be gleaned. For persons seeking an "informative and accessible" source of information on virtually any aspect of addiction and treatment this is a perfect venue. This month we would spotlight here there own series called

SPOTLIGHT SERIES.

To visit this series place HERE

Consider the example to the right.

VOLUNTEER NEWS:
The November Volunteer Meeting took place on the 14 th , 2018 at Fleet Feet
It was our first-time meeting at Fleet Feet and it was lovely to discover how perfect this venue is.
A goodly portion of the evening was spent thinking through how we might enhance the holiday cheer of persons within our purview. It was decided that we would put together Christmas stockings for persons suffering in the hospital from complications stemming from opioid addiction and that we would each try to include our recipients on our own Christmas card lists. It was also agreed that it would be nice to send a small "care package" of home-baked cookies to our recipients.
In these regards all manner of questions were brought up concerning publicity, future events and planning, and the like.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Due to the sequence of forthcoming events mixed in-between holiday celebrations THERE WILL BE NO VOLUNTEER MEETINGS IN EITHER DECEMBER OR JANUARY!!

  • PLEASE NOTE AGAIN: from here on out our Volunteer Meetings are scheduled at a set time in the month, every month, and at a set place. Each newsletter will post the actual date, time and place, but this pattern will not change.

  • THE REGULAR DATE: The second Wednesday of each month. This means that our next meeting is FEBRUARY 14TH, 2019.
  • THE REGULAR TIME: 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • THE REGULAR PLACE: FLEET FEET, 5800 BRIDGE STREET (Look for their Community Room in the rear near the restrooms)


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT FOR HEART4ART

  • Special thanks to KATHLEEN DALL, who was instrumental in setting up and bringing a boodle of her own equipment!
  • Special thanks to BARBARA BRACE AND COLLEEN BUXTON for collecting a ton of art and for helping to set up!
  • Special thanks to MICHELE GLAUER who cut her volunteer teeth by "manning" the entertainment room for the entire night.
  • And a host of others!

  • And remember, everyone is encouraged to spread the word and invite others into the midst of our volunteer group! It is impossible to overstate how much work these events involve and the numbers of persons it takes to put them on. More is indeed better!
FUNDRAISING AND SUPPORT:
Creative Fundraising Ideas

Watch for this space for novel and creative modes of fundraising brought to us from our own people. And, of course, if you have thoughts of such please let us know. We are always on the lookout and always grateful!

This month we celebrate the commitment and enthusiasm of Mark Desocio!
Mark has set up a "direct deposit" payroll deduction
for contributing monthly to R2R.
A Wonderful Idea!
A Remarkable Commitment!
Thank you, Mark!
New GoFundMe campaign

Now it's even easier to donate to help save lives. Just click on the Go Fund Me words below. Be sure to share the link with all your friends and contacts! Our goal is to raise $25,000, enough to pay for 90 days of treatment, 90 days of sober living, and 90 days of sober coaching, plus airfare, prescriptions, etc. for one person. That's six months of care, after which recipients are working and self-supporting. We've raised $400 so far!!

Donate Your Bottles & Cans
recycling
Don't forger! Drop off your bags of deposit bottles/cans (with Road2RecoveryCNY written on the side) at:

F-M Returnables at 202 West Seneca Street in Manlius.
315-682-4830
or
Central City Bottle Redemption, 224 Chapel Drive, Syracuse (Fairmount), NY 13219

Every dollar helps us send people to lifesaving treatment!
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