In August, 2012, the Heroin Awareness Committee (HAC) held their 1st Annual Arts for Hope and Recovery Fundraising event. All proceeds going toward the creation of a Transitional Living and Recovery Center for adolescents and young adults. It was a big success as we had over 200 attendees and raised over $20,000!
HAC is comprised of a group of parents who have lost a child or who are now struggling with addiction in their family. We are recovering addicts, we are doctors and counselors and community members who recognize that this epidemic needs attention and new ways of treatment. With the extensive knowledge that none of us wanted to have, we will continue our efforts, without discouragement, until our community has this center where our children have a chance at hope, healing, learning to contribute and being able to continue their lives.
We would like to update you on our progress. In the past year, we have presented our statistics, our goals, and our mission to many schools, organizations and community leaders. We were successful in our bid for capitol outlay money from supporters in the legislature.Through the county, this money is specifically designated for our project. It’s a great start, but we need more to meet the necessary funds by the end of the year. We are looking at sites to acquire so that this project can start to become a reality.
Our goal remains the same. A Transitional Living and Recovery Center for young adults in Albuquerque. A place of continued care for young addicts, who need more than 30 days, to rid themselves of their addiction and help families navigate through this excruciatingly difficult time. Help them learn to enter back into the world you and I live in everyday. It is a monumental task and we believe that an extended care recovery center will save lives.