Neighborhood was the main focus of a current donation to the Lauren’s Want Dependancy Triage Heart from Mona Provide Co. and Anheuser-Busch.
“The sort of state of affairs impacts households in every single place,” stated Larry Oleksa, proprietor of native beer and beverage distributor Mona Provide Co. Inc.
“I really know a few households that it affected, and I believed it is a good thing for us to have the ability to do as a result of if what we’re contributing helps only one life it’s price it,” he stated. “In order that’s the most important factor – to offer again and attempt to assist your entire thought of what they’re doing right here.”
Oleksa and Anheuser-Busch Regional Commerical Supervisor Nick Cyr stopped by the Lauren’s Want middle at Hazel’s Home of Hope on Friday afternoon to current the group that helps folks with substance abuse issues with a $7,500 examine.
Funds for the donation had been raised via the gross sales of choose Anheuser-Busch merchandise throughout October and November in Monongalia County.
Founder and chairman of Lauren’s Want, Michael Cole, stated receiving the donation “solidifies that the neighborhood is beginning to be taught and perceive what we’re about and are available on board to assist us do what we do – which is to assist save lives.”
The Lauren’s Want Dependancy Triage Heart covers a spot in dependancy therapy between the hospital following an overdose and a long-term therapy middle the place many affected by dependancy are left to fend for themselves whereas ready for placement in a middle.
This void in dependancy restoration is what Lauren’s Want tries to fill by offering a secure and wholesome area for people who’re searching for therapy placement.
Shoppers are monitored by peer restoration workers and have entry to case administration and dependancy restoration assets in a wholesome atmosphere. When a placement is made, Lauren’s Want transports them to their vacation spot, guaranteeing that secure atmosphere shouldn’t be compromised.
“We’re not a medical place. We care,” stated Lind Murray, director of Lauren’s Want. “And so, by caring for a person and ensuring she or he will get the right assist that they want, I feel that’s a very powerful factor and I feel we do this very properly right here.”
Murray stated that along with the financial donation, Oleksa can be donating the wooden wanted to construct a memorial wall in Lauren’s Want Memorial Backyard exterior the middle. The memorial wall will function a tribute to those that have misplaced their battles with dependancy.
“If you step as much as the plate in your neighborhood and simply don’t say the phrases, however put effort into it, it speaks huge on his half,” Murray stated. “I feel it’s an excellent factor for the neighborhood that the businessmen of Morgantown are understanding that there’s a drawback.”
Edward Boyle, director of amenities for Lauren’s Want, agreed including they had been completely satisfied to have the help of Oleska, whose enterprise has served the neighborhood for many years.
“The Oleksa household has all the time supported this neighborhood and all of the completely different applications,” Boyle stated. “Mr. Oleksa has even been right here beforehand and took a tour.”
As a result of the ability doesn’t cost for providers and no shopper will ever obtain a invoice for his or her keep on the middle, donations from the neighborhood assist to maintain the doorways open.
“We nonetheless haven’t acquired any federal or state funding,” Cole stated. “So, the neighborhood help is what retains us going every day proper now.”
Cole added that Oleksa has taken a “huge step ahead and has already dedicated to doing it once more subsequent yr, so it’s very spectacular.”
For Oleksa, it wasn’t concerning the Mona Provide or Anheuser-Busch identify, however doing one thing that actually impacts the neighborhood, he stated.
“We really feel very lucky to be part of all this and we hope that we’ll have the ability to assist out for years to return.”
It isn’t concerning the publicity for Lauren’s Want both, Boyle stated. However getting the phrase out is the one method to preserve the middle open.
Murray stated he thinks the phrase is getting out about Lauren’s Want and people who need assistance are studying they will get the assistance they want on the middle, however it must preserve being talked about, so extra folks know what they will supply.
“And that’s the way you break the stigma (of dependancy),” Cole added, “you get folks speaking about it.”
Retaining the middle going and rising, “can even construct the neighborhood,” Murray stated. “As a result of that addict that will get their assist could flip round and assist the opposite ones that need assistance. That’s how dependancy works – as soon as your job is to show round and assist another person.”
Donations to the middle would not have to be financial as they’re all the time in want of things like toiletries, meals and different necessities.
If you need to be taught extra concerning the work being achieved at Lauren’s Want or donate to their mission, go to laurenswish.org. They’re additionally completely satisfied to offer excursions of the ability to anybody wanting a better look.