September 2017 Newsletter
Miles for Michael 5K
Sat. October 28, 2017

We're BACK!

It's the 3rd Annual Miles for Michael 5K, held in Delaware Park. We moved the starting line and our tents this year to the corner of Colvin and Amherst St, where there is more parking for our attendees. New this year will be live music from the Joyful Noise Band, and drone photography during the race!

Also new this year are TEAM registrations . Create your own team, or join an existing team. Team registrations include:

Team Hilary Grace
Team Izzy
Just for Today Family Group
Team Clauss
Moms for Michael
Buffalo Bytes
Soehnlein Family
Pena Family
Mom's on a Mission
There Is Always Hope
Team Thompson
Team Wish You Were Here

Come support a great community cause, get some exercise, and know that you are giving opportunities to families who need our help so desperately. It's going to be a great morning!


Save the Michaels was represented three different times during the ASAP (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Provider) Conference in Buffalo from Sept. 17-20 at the Convention Center.

A four-hour Pre-Conference Institute was sponsored by Save the Michaels and focused on the recovery for individuals and families. Speakers that afternoon included Stephanie Campbell from FOR-NY, Susan Salomone, MS, Executive Director, Drug Crisis in our Backyard, Linda Ventura, President/Founder Thomas’ Hope Foundation Inc., and our own Julie Israel, co-founder of Save the Michaels.

The Plenary Session on Tuesday featured Avi and Julie Israel receiving the Commissioner's Award from OASAS for their tireless advocacy; creating supports for families and their loved ones, to get them into treatment, to support them during treatment, and to support them after the treatment.

Later that morning, Save the Michaels presented a workshop on the importance of family participation in treatment and recovery. Speakers that morning included Teri Kroll, Board Member: Thomas’ Hope and Copiague Community Cares Coalition, Ray Dorritie, PhD, Deputy Director, Drug Crisis in our Backyard, and Molly Sanders Clauss, Vice President at Save the Michaels.

Wednesday morning featured a variety of speakers from OASAS on various priority issues, in the ballroom, at the
Concluding Conference Session . Robert Kent, OASAS General Counsel, Charles Morgan, OASAS Medical Director were among the speakers. Following them, were Linda Ventura, Teri Kroll, and Avi Israel, who all spoke on the needs of families and the ways families can be supported by OASAS and treatment centers.

Save the Michaels represents YOU!

You were also represented at: the New York State Suicide Prevention Conference in Albany, by Avi Israel. Avi sits on the NYS Suicide Prevention Council and was a featured speaker in a session addressing the healing of the family after suicide loss.
New Offices for STM
We are moving to Suite 216 at 737 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo on October 9th. Our phone number will stay the same, (984-8375) but we will have space enough to hold our events and classes right in the offices. We also will have comfortable space for family meetings and conversation.

Classes are about
to begin again!
For those of you who are anxious to get back to classes at Save the Michaels, we are happy to report that October is "Back to School Month" at Save the Michaels!

We will be announcing a full schedule, with NY state and nationally recognized speakers. Stay tuned. Our first class will be on October 24th. We will be in our new space on Delaware Ave.!
The Burning Buffalo Bar & Grill
is currently running a fundraiser
for Save the Michaels.

Read their announcement below:

good karma is only $5

At The Burning Buffalo Bar & Grill being a good neighbor 
is at the heart of everything we do.

From  October 1st - 28th
We ask you to join in our mission to be a good neighbor
and help us support   Save the Michaels of the World  

During this fundraising campaign
we will be accepting donations on their behalf. 

To show our deepest gratitude for your donation of $5 or more, you will receive a voucher for $5 off a future visit. 

For your donation of $10 or more,
in addition to a voucher for $5 off a future visit,
you will be entered in a drawing
to win a free happy hour
for up to ten people.

Save the Michaels of the World  
is an amazing local organization
that works tirelessly to raise awareness of 
prescription and other drug addictions, 
provides support and education to addicted individuals 
and their loved ones,
introduces them to community resources
and so much more. 

Our featured peer recovery coach this month is Gretchen Imerese.

Gretchen Imerese is a Buffalo native from a close-knit family of six. She has two children and two grandchildren, with a third on the way in December. Family is everything to Gretchen. She is recently retired and loves having the time to pursue the many many things she is passionate about. Riding horses and painting are her "zen places." Most of Gretchen's career was spent in the arts. She had her own restoration studio for 20 years and she still loves to paint. Gretchen was married to a man with Substance Use Disorder for 25 years so the disease has been a part of her life for a long time. Her son also struggled with with SUD but is now two years drug free. Gretchen says: "I am so grateful to Save the Michaels for the opportunity to train as a peer recovery coach, and for the ongoing education they provide. I am humbled by the families I work with who are so fresh in their pain. Being able to be there for them, to provide resources and a listening heart has changed my life. My goal is to do more, learn more, and be more, on this path."
Gretchen just received her CRPA certification as a recovery coach in NYS.

Thank you, Gretchen, for everything
you do for us and for our families!