Expanding our program?: One newscaster talked about us expanding our program to the Key Peninsula. We are not expanding because we are brand new. This is a grass roots, nonprofit startup on the Key Peninsula because there is a huge need for an inpatient/outpatient clinic on this side of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Our hope is that we will be able to get this open and it will set a model for us to begin opening more facilities out here.
We are so thankful for all of the recent attention to this program. We cannot get the word out fast enough so we are hoping that many of our followers and "fans" will spread the news word of mouth by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, email and by old fashioned ways of just telling your friends. The more people that know, the more hands that can get involved, the more support we can raise to open this facility as fast as possible--the right way!
Thank you all who are involved with us already! We could not have gotten this far without your help and support. It's time to move forward and make this recovery center come to life so that we can "get the addiction out of the way so the human being can live."
Thank you so much to The Peninsula Gateway, Kitsap Sun, King 5 and Q13 for the media response to this amazing project.
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Hope Recovery Center forum inspires supporters
Port Orchard, Washington - August 25, 2017
Friday, a large gathering of supporters of the Hope Recovery Center project met for a forum to discuss the organization’s future plans at its birthplace, the New Beginnings Church in Kitsap County. Among supportive attendees were Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Council member Derek Young, State Representatives Michelle Caldier and Jesse Young, Port Orchard City Council member John Clausen, former State Representative Larry Seaquist, Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson, Port Orchard Police officer Dale Schuster, and other community supporters of the project.
KING Chanel 5 TV recorded the evening’s proceedings.
“There are only two answers to the problem of addiction,” said the evening’s moderator, HRC Board member and Key Peninsula Fire Department Battalion Chief Chuck West, “death or total withdrawal.” He added, "Hope, or any Recovery center, is the only reasonable solution to addiction. We are in the midst of an epidemic and there are many arguments as to why but there is only one solution to the problem, and that is treatment. We have many people in our community who need treatment and there is a severe shortage of treatment centers. If we don't treat these people they will continue to be a burden on society. If we treat them they can become assets.”
Jeremiah Saucier, Hope Recovery Center’s founder and chair, greeted the large gathering with a history of his involvement with narcotics and his resolve to spend the rest of life rescuing victims of the disease. He outlined how the Lakebay Community Church and its parishioners who wholeheartedly support the project have provided property on which the 50 bed in-patient center will be built. At one point, he asked the audience to raise their hands if their lives have in any way been impacted by narcotics or alcohol abuse. The room was a sea of raised hands.
“Our meeting demonstrated again that Hope Recovery Center has the support of local elected and law enforcement officials,” said Saucier. "As we prepare to launch a capital campaign, it is essential for these officials to be behind the project. Community support has been awesome. We have had and will continue have more community meetings on the Key Peninsula as well."
Saucier said, “No one needing assistance of Hope Recovery will ever be turned away. The need is so great. We must end addiction and save lives. There are more deaths from overdosing in our country today than from auto accidents. That is simply not acceptable."
If interested in more information on Hope Recovery or if you wish to become involved in its programs, please contact Saucier at firstname.lastname@example.org
Story and photographs by Hugh McMillan
PC Planning and Land Services has done some very preliminary review of the Hope Recovery Lodge and Village concept, proposed activities and uses. We were verbally notified, just this week, to be memorialized in an email, that they have decided we fit the criteria and are free to move forward under a Conditional Use Permit Application process with the Lakebay Community Church property on the Key Pen Highway. An approval is not guaranteed under this process but it’s still a huge step forward.
Here is the latest article about what we are doing on Key Peninsula to help Hope Recovery Center open. It is exciting to be doing something that will change the Peninsula into the future.