Greater Westfield Drug Task Force: Westfield Supports Recovery
August 22, 2018
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Greater Westfield Drug Task Force will be holding a community event on Friday, September 7th at 6:00 pm on Park Square Green. The gathering is to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day, and to offer support to those struggling with addiction.
According to Kathy Sitler, Opioid Task Force Coordinator, “We wish to make a statement about our community in that we support recovery. It is important for people to recognize that there is hope for those struggling with addiction. This event is a way for us to remember those who have lost their battle with addiction, and a time for us to come together as a community to give hope and support to those still fighting. The event is open to everyone.”
The Task Force’s signature piece called the “Wall of Healing and Hope” will be on display as an active piece of art. The wall was created by volunteers Andy Weeks and John Carlo Woodworking, and is meant to encourage the healing process for the community. Now in its third year, the wall has many messages on it. Anyone who would like to write a message on the wall is welcome to do so. Materials to do this will be provided and people are welcome to bring photos of their loved ones to post.
A reflective and informative agenda will provide the back drop for the event. Speaker Stephanie Greene from No First Time (evangfoundation.org) will be on hand to discuss her organization as well as her family’s personal journey with coping with the loss of a loved one to overdose. Local leaders and faith based groups will be on hand to say a few words and lend support to those who need it. Music and candles will be provided for vigil.
In advance of the event, local businesses will be invited to support the community by placing a flameless candle in their store windows. The candles will be provided and handed out by the Drug Task Force.