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Announcing: 4th Annual Tree of Hope

We are excited about our upcoming 4th Annual Tree of Hope, which will take place from 6-8pm on Friday, December 1st at the Cumberland County Community Church in Millville, NJ! After the success of last year’s Tree of Hope Coffeehouse Fundraiser, the Southwest Council will again host this fundraising event in a coffeehouse format. Tree of Hope partners with numerous artists, organizations, treatment facilities, and the larger community to raise funds for local Recovery Support Services. 

Tree of Hope seeks to achieve several objectives:

1st objective: to celebrate our local recovery community and commemorate lives lost to the disease of addiction.

2nd objective: to raise awareness about and funds for local Recovery Support Services

3rd objective: to create connection and combat stigma, while spreading the message that recovery is possible and worthy of supporting! 

Tree of Hope creates a warm, hospitable atmosphere with live music, coffee, food, and a place to come together in celebration as we aspire to be a healthy and whole community free from substance abuse addiction. A unique element of Tree of Hope is the musical artists who carry the tenor of the night. The program is designed primarily around music and letting the commonality of music add to the anthem of recovery. At this year’s Tree of Hope we will publicly install 14 newly trained peer recovery coaches! 

There are two ways we are asking for support: 

Share: spread the word about the coffeehouse for a sober, fun Friday night event! 

Give: in some meaningful way; whether money, time or offer your talents.

There is no fee to attend the coffeehouse; all voluntary donations benefit support recovery services, like sustaining the volunteer recovery coaches. Attendees can donate by purchasing commemorative ornaments to write names of their loved ones  to honor those suffering from addiction, in recovery, or whose lives were lost to overdose. There will also be additional opportunities to give throughout the night. 

We hope you will join us! Let us know you are coming by registering for a ticket.

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4:30 PM16:30

Bird's Eye Strengthening Families

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Join The Southwest Council for Strengthening Families (SFP) at Bird's Eye Family Success Center. SFP is a family skills training
program designed to increase communication and develop healthy habits within the family. The SFP program will be held on Thursdays for 7 weeks.

SFP Includes
-Fun and informative lessons for parents, children, and the family as a whole
-Dinner provided at each session
-Tips and strategies for improving communication and quality time within the family
-Guest Speakers
-Graduation Gifts
*Must attend 5 of 7 sessions to graduate
**Must have a child between the ages of 10-14

For more information contact Adrienne Davis 856-494-4950 or

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5:45 PM17:45

Knock Out Opiate Abuse Town Hall Meeting

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The GRASP Coalition and The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey have collaborated to present Knock Out Opiate Abuse Town Hall meeting to address the issue of opiate abuse in our communities across the state.

Town hall meetings provide an opportunity to dialogue with community members and learn their concerns, needs and questions about the opioid abuse epidemic in New Jersey and in the local community. Town hall meetings provide opportunities for community members to discuss a topic in the presence of stakeholders and others in the community. These structured conversations provide panelists an opportunity to listen to the community. At these town hall meetings, the audience can share their concerns, questions, and success strategies and ask questions to of the stakeholders.

These community level meetings will be in concert with the recommendations of the Surgeon General’s report on addiction. It is necessary to work together as a community to try and come up with ways to eradicate this epidemic and to change the public attitude toward addiction, and change attitudes on addiction to ultimately reduce and prevent opiate abuse. 

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4:00 PM16:00

Dining For Dollars

LongHorn Steakhouse®, is proud that fundraising is such a huge part of community involvement.

Join us June 14,2017, as LongHorn Steakhouse® partners with The Southwest Council through the Dining for Dollars program. Bring your voucher in between the hours of 4:00pm and 9:00pm and LongHorn Steakhouse® will donate 10% of your check to The Southwest Council.

Download Your Voucher Here!

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to Jun 22

Family Nights Out

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The program is no cost to the participants and has many incentives including a fun, engaging and interactive field trip at the end of the program in addition to weekly drawings for gift cards and a family dinner at each session. The program will run for 7 weeks beginning May 11 through June 22.   The program is being held at the Riverview Family Success Center in Penns Grove although anyone from any county can attend and if needed, transportation can be provided. 

The evidenced-based program “Strengthening Families” works to support families whom are affiliated in some way to the military. The objectives of the program are to encourage healthy and positive behaviors, promote effective discipline, develop family values and communication skills, and resist peer pressure and cope with stress with healthy strategies.

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to May 31

Peer Recovery Training

In a collaborative effort between the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cumberland County Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services , and The Southwest Council, Inc. this volunteer program provides training in the guidance and support of others seeking freedom from addiction through peer-to-peer recovery mentorship. Those personally impacted by addiction, in long-term recovery, or wishing to make a difference in the recovery community are encouraged to apply.  Applications due May 31.

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