POINT PLEASANT — The inaugural Mason County Day of Recovery was more than an event but a springboard for even more outreach in the community.
Sponsored by, and held at, The Meeting House, several members of the community came out to support efforts to raise awareness about addiction and local recovery services — all in a sober, fun, family-friendly space.
The event was so successful, it raised over $4,600 for The Meeting House, according to one of the organizers, Jessica Kapp. In addition, 67 runners registered for the “Race 4 Recovery 5K” held in conjunction with the event, and over $1,300 in tickets to win a used car were sold.
The car went to Brenda Franklin, of Gallipolis Ferry, who Kapp said is also a nurse at Pleasant Valley Hospital. The car was donated by Norris Northup Dodge.
Overall winners in the 5K were Andrea Porter, 21, in the female division, with a time of 19:42; George Rickett, 15, in the male division, with a time of 19:49.
In addition to the race and giveaways of free food, games and prizes, recovery day also featured guest speakers from Recovery Point in Huntington.
The success of the event has led to plans for even more community outreach to let those in the recovery community know they are not alone and that recovery services can be accessed in Point Pleasant at The Meeting House. Kapp said coming up will be “Kids Night Out” which will be held the first Saturday of every month at The Meeting House, with special themes and activities at the free event. The first “Kids Night Out” will take place in July and plans are still underway with details to follow.
Also coming up this summer, “Yung Skool Blok Party” from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at The Meeting House will entail free food, music and a giveaway of school supplies.
Then, on National Recovery Awareness Day on Sept. 10, there are plans for a community picnic as well as a color fun run which will soon be available for registration on Tri-State Racer’s website.
The Meeting House is a centralized location for recovery services and meetings like Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon take place there. Also available at The Meeting House are recovery coaches who offer support to those in need and act as a navigator for those looking for help.
The Friends of Meetings phone line, is also sponsored by The Meeting House and is a lifeline for those struggling with addiction or sobriety. The number is 304-373-5600.
In addition, those struggling with addiction issues can call The Meeting House directly between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, at 304-857-6534 for assistance and meeting times. For even more information, follow The Meeting House on Facebook.
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