The Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the West Virginia Council of Churches are planning a prevention and recovery initiative called ”Day of Hope.”
Since it’s a statewide problem West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has proclaimed Sunday, September 13 as the “Day of Hope.”
Faith organizations all over the state will bring focus to substance abuse prevention and recovery.
The idea for the day came from a faith-based roundtable hosted by the coalition with representatives from all different religions.
“A lot of our people our victims of it a lot of our people are in that situation and the church cannot ignore this size of an evil occurrence this size of people suffering so much,” says Reverend Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
“We hope that this is just not a one day event that this starts the discussion and that from here the congregations can meet and decide what they want to do from here,” says Senior Project Coordinator Martha Polinsky.
Faith organizations have the opportunity to help in many different ways such as, provide parenting tips, empower those in recovery, remember the lost, and find help and resources to those struggling with addiction.