CUMMING, Ga. — The grassroots group Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth will soon be holding one of its first events.
The group was chosen earlier this year by Facing Addiction, a national non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to drug addiction, as one of 15 communities for a pilot program.
Throughout the year, Facing Addiction will work with the foundation to develop a strategic campaign unique to the local community.
As part of that, Facing Addiction will visit Cumming Sept. 23 to host a training session on community organization, advocacy and messaging. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Way, 240 Elm Street in Cumming. It is free to attend.
National Director of Outreach and Engagement Michael King, who is also in long-term recovery, works with Facing Addiction’s partnering organizations including the Recovery Community Foundation.
“Facing Addiction is dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction,” King said. “Our mission is to bring together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated.”
The pilot programs will work to reform the public response to the addiction crisis in the 15 communities via a grassroots-driven campaign strategy, King said.
“Addiction affects the entire community, at every level,” King said. “Supporting and advocating for people in all stages of addiction, including recovery, leads to healthy, thriving communities.”
Specifically, Facing Addiction will work with these communities to:
Secure increases in local funding to adequately address the crisis
Train advocates on proper organizational and advocacy techniques to reform their community’s response
Invest time and resources in communication opportunities with elected officials and other policy makers
Develop political strategies and aid community stakeholders in the development of an overarching “campaign strategy”
Founded in August 2016, the Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth is composed of people in recovery, their family and friends and other recovery allies. It is a type of recovery community organization which is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery.
Groups similar to the foundation are popping up all over the country, according to its founder and president Catherine Rosborough.
“They exist to spread the hope of recovery,” Rosborough said. “We do get better. People in long-term recovery are uniting to share our stories of hope in order to address the stigma and discrimination people living in active addiction and recovery from addiction face every day.”
If unable to attend the meeting, or for more information, contact Rosborough at firstname.lastname@example.org.