Together We Hurt, Together We Heal’s 4th annual Fundraiser Banquet is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Galion’s Free Methodist Church, 683 Portland Way North at 6 p.m.
The guest speaker for the event is Josh Duggar, executive director of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Readers recognize Duggar from the television show “19 Kids and Counting.”
Dugger will discuss the strength in building family family values, a message that fits well with TWH’s mission. The purpose of his message will be to help people understand how families are affected by addiction. It touches many.
Attendees will also hear from Ginny and Ryan, a mother and son, who will share their journey to recovery. To RSVP for the event, one must do so by August 25, as seating is limited. Call TWH at 419-689-6427.
The banquet is TWH’s major fundraiser, and organizers say the success of this year’s event relies solely on donations they expect to garner from public support. A goal of the organization, by December of 2015, is to have a recovery house available to help area addicts with their recovery. They hope this short-term home will provide those seeking healing with job skill training and education opportunities.
Mary Jo Carle, TWH program coordinator, explained that the organization was formed in 2009 when area moms began meeting because they were frustrated with the lack of help for their children who were addicted to drugs.
Addiction is a chronic disease that may never completely goes away. However, it is treatable.
Carle explained TWH does not treat addicts. Instead they offer drug abuse and prevention education, support and lists of referrals. Also, they have been known to help families with transportation.
The organization does maintain an office located in the ADAMH building, 907 North Sandusky Ave., in Bucyrus. The group offers a support group, Family Hope. Members meet on Thursdays from 6 until 7:30 p.m.
TWH will offer a number of events this fall beginning in October with a faith-based, 12 step program called “Recovery and Grace.” Their Community Care March is slated for Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. in New Washington. Their Night of Hope is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 777 Fairview Avenue in Galion.