Lisa Linkous

Director

Hawkins County Anti Drug Coalition

We at the Hawkins Co. Anti Drug Coalition have begun a brand new year and I am excited for what 2016 has in store.

I'm very excited to be able to be of service to every individual in our community who has been impacted by substance abuse. A few of the programs we have going in 2016:

• We have volunteers available who are willing to drive recovering addicts to various appointments.

I had a young lady -- who is recently out of jail -- contact me via a Facebook message. She stated that a friend advised her to see if we could help her. She needs transportation to a court-ordered parenting class she must attend before she can regain custody of her children. She wants to stay clean and sober. I was able to immediately relieve her worries and contacted a volunteer who immediately said she would take care of it.

• We have a clothes closet under construction at Faith Assembly Church. Recovering addicts will be able to obtain free clothing. While the primary focus is on business attire, it could even be jeans and a tee shirt. This closet will tentatively open in February and we welcome donations of LIKE NEW business attire for both males and females. (Please do not donate something that smells or is damaged or worn out. We are trying to help these individuals get ready to re-enter the workplace and we want to provide them with NICE clothing.) SHOP OWNERS: If you have inventory that does not sell and wish to donate, THANK YOU in advance!

• We are beginning a weekly family support meeting in January, led by a licensed counselor who sits on our advisory board. There is HUGE demand for this. Not only do family members and friends need to learn how to cope, they need to learn what is and is not enabling, how to relate to the addict, and they need to be able to vent to others who understand.

• We are looking for property and housing to start a "sober living" facility in our area. We are BEYOND desperate in the need for that.

• Beginning Feb. 1, interview coaching and resume preparation will be available for FREE to those who need the service.

• We will have another yard sale to benefit those in need of our services in March. We will begin accepting donations in mid-February.

• Unless some volunteers step up to offer their help with pickups for those who cannot drop off, we will be unable to accept donations that cannot be delivered.

Our advisory board and officers will be meeting soon to discuss the working plan for all the above items that are still in process.

Public HCADC Coalition meetings will occur EVERY TWO MONTHS in 2016, with the first to be held in February. I will post the schedule and location by the end of next week.

We are still working on incorporation and non-profit designation which hopefully will be obtained in the 1st quarter.

We have located some funding grants that we will be writing proposals for during the first three quarters of 2016. We hope to have the funding began by the end of the year. Funds will go toward supporting Recovery Court, contributing to those who are providing counseling and group meetings, gas money to provide transportation for necessary appointments for those affected by addiction, office supplies for the HCADC, and hopefully securing a permanent office. We will use some of the funds to hire a full-time administrative person to answer the phone and direct people to resources to assist them with maintaining their recovery, entering recovery, or whatever stage they happen to be in.

Anyone who is interested in contributing to our Coalition may obtain a receipt. Your gift is tax deductible as we are operating currently and temporarily under the umbrella of another non-profit entity.

Financial statements will be made available to the public for verification that your contributions are being used appropriately.

Currently, all calls during business hours are directly transferred to the HCADC voicemail. Any other times, I personally take the calls if I am available. Feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, or concerns.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN AFFECTED IN ANY WAY BY SUBSTANCE ABUSE, I WELCOME YOUR INQUIRIES FOR ASSISTANCE. WE HAVE MANY RESOURCES TO ASSIST WITH YOUR NEEDS.

Thank you for your support, no matter how small or how large. THERE ARE LIVES DEPENDING ON IT.

The Coalition may be contact by U.S. Mail at: P.O. Box 207, Rogersville, TN 37857, or by phone at 423-520-6515.