Wednesday, December 2, 2015

S.A.F.E. Forum on Drug Abuse Warning Signs - Dec. 8

"This is a special message from S.A.F.E. is to provide you with information on our next community event and to continue the conversation on substance abuse disorder."

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Forum on warning signs set for Dec. 8

The SAFE Coalition will present an interactive forum designed to educate on the warning signs of drug or alcohol abuse on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 7 pm in the Franklin High School auditorium. The program will include tips on early intervention strategies and resources to help keep your loved one safe.

A panel of parents, substance abuse treatment providers, students, and educators has been assembled.  Warning sign kits that you can take home will be provided to each participant in the program. 

Katie Truitt from the Missin Matt Foundation and Kathy Getchell from S.A.F.E. will speak from the parent's perspective. Amy Leone from Community Impact and other experts will share methods of addressing the issue with your young teens and offer solutions for those that may indeed have a problem with addiction. And there will also be an update on the S.A.F.E. Coalition's upcoming programs and solutions.

Please save the date and plan to join us on December 8 as we continue our community conversation. You can view the Facebook event page for updates by clicking here.

In the meantime, please continue to spread the word about S.A.F.E. and encourage your friends to sign up for this newsletter by clicking here. And, most importantly, 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 is a support group for family members or loved ones of people who suffer from addiction (similar to "Lean to Cope"). For more information, contact Katie Truitt at (774)248-4526 or by email at 

Big Book Workshop, 12 step meeting for recovery. Wednesday evenings, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Community Impact, 211 Main Street Milford, MA 01757. For more information, contact Meghan Giacomuzzi at 508-933-4571. Meghan (Katie Truitt's daughter) is the founder and chair of the Missin' Matt Foundation and a recovering heroin addict.

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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We have lost too many loved ones, we've buried them way too soon,
Just know we always think of you when we looked up at the moon.
So tonight we'll light these candles and set them freely in the sky,
To let you know we're always with you,  how could we say good-bye?​

Come join us to light a floating candle to remember a loved one lost to the disease of addiction, to send a prayer for someone still suffering or for anyone taken from us way too soon.  Let's light up the sky for change, for love, for hope and for coming together to fight this epidemic killing our children, our brothers and sisters, our parents, our friends and our loved ones.  Together we can save a life.

WHAT: Chinese floating sky lanterns lighting ceremony.   
WHEN:  Saturday February 20, 2016 7:00 P.M.
WHERE:  Fino Field
WHY:  To remember all those we've lost to the disease of addiction and to pray for those still suffering.
Please visit to register or to make a donation, thank you and God Bless!!!

**Registration is required in order to receive a lantern to light; there is a $10.00 registration fee per family to cover the cost of the lanterns.  If you would like more than one lantern, a $10 fee is required for each one.*
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