Monday, October 26, 2015

S.A.F.E. Community Coalition - October 2015 Update

SAFE Coalition meeting at FHS

This newsletter from S.A.F.E. is to provide you with some updates and information to keep the conversation on opioid addiction going.
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Coalition planning next steps

The S.A.F.E. (Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment) Board has  been actively meeting since August to formulate a structure, establish committees, and develop programming to aid in our efforts to find a cure for substance abuse disorder. I am happy to report that Jim Derick of Franklin was unanimously elected to lead the organization as the new President of the Board of Directors. Please read Jim's introduction below. Jordan Warnick of Medway was unanimously elected to serve as Secretary for the Board. Our Board of Incorporators will now be known as the Board of Advisors, and will meet on the third Tuesday of each month. And nine committees have been established, which need active members. We hope that you will consider joining one or more (see the piece below for more information).

Our support groups are running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and membership grows at each meeting. You'll find more details about these meetings below. As of last month, the Franklin based Community of HOPE support group is an official Learn to Cope chapter and will continue to meet Monday nights from 7-8:30 at the UU church in Franklin. This Is an enormous accomplishment in such a short period of time. Thanks to Kathy and Derek Getchell who made this happen.

Our website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed are now live and feeding information and resources to those in need, thanks to Communications Chair Alexa Manocchio. We have an active group of youths -- led by Franklin Town Councilor Robert Dellorco and student Ben Waters -- that is growing each day and keeping us up to speed with the needs and issues facing students and their peers.

We are working on additional programs for our coalition meetings, with events tentatively scheduled through March 2016. And we have begun production of a video series which will serve as an additional resource for the community in dealing with this public health crisis.

We adopted a mission statement which captures the strength and spirit of our organization. It reads as follows:

S.A.F.E. is a coalition of community partners who have come together to provide support, education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance abuse disorder. We do so by empowering those affected, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery. We understand that while I can't, we can.

As you can see, it has been an incredible few months. We are committed to addressing this public health crisis, and hope that you will continue to partner with us.

Please continue to spread the word about S.A.F.E., encourage your friends to sign up for this newsletter by clicking here, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know is in need. We'll do our best to get you on the right path.

Learn to Cope has begun meeting on Monday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 262 Chestnut Street in Franklin at 7 p.m. The group offers support for families struggling with addiction and recovery. Its preserves anonymity and creates a safe place for people and families in crisis. For more information visit the website at, call Kathy Getchell at (774)893-3878, or email her at

Community of Hope hosts a family support group meeting every Wednesday night in the Milford Regional Medical Center, Hill Building, Woman's Pavilion, 4th Floor, in Milford. The program features a 12 step Big Book workshop for those suffering from addiction. For more information, contact Katie Truitt at (774)248-4526 or by email at 

Healing Hearts has begun meeting on Thursday evenings on the second floor of the Franklin YMCA at 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin at 7 p.m. The group offers support for families struggling with addiction and recovery. Its preserves anonymity and creates a safe place" for people and families in crisis. For more information, call (508) 570-6996 or send an email to
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