Sharing stories of hope, encouragement


The Crawford County Prevention Coalition held its inaugural Amplified Expressions of Our Journey event on Aug. 12 at the Galion Community Theatre. This memorable evening was emceed by Galion-Crestline Chamber of Commerce Director Miranda Jones and brought together local people in recovery sharing their stories with local artists to create unique artworks reflecting their journey.

The evening kicked off with a musical performance by one individual in recovery. Art pieces ranged from a choreographed dance to a variety of canvas paintings and collage art. Seven individuals with various levels of recovery ranging from two to 35 years shared their stories of hope and encouragement for all in attendance.

According to studies, the stigma surrounding substance abuse prevents struggling people from reaching out for help and isolates families affected by the disease who fear being judged by their communities. In an attempt to reduce that stigma as well as the disease of addiction and recovery, the Crawford County Prevention Coalition decided to plan this event to share these stories of recovery with the community.

A total of 11 community partners had tables with resources for all in attendance who may be looking for support for themselves or others. Those on hand for the event included Avita Recovery Services, BrightView Health, Crawford County Public Health, Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board, Family Life Counseling, Freedom Recovery, Project Noelle, RavensCloak and Reiki Treasures, Together we Hurt/Together we Heal, Third Street Family/Bucyrus Health and Wellness, and the Crawford County Prevention Coalition.

“I could not be more pleased with our first event,” said Coalition Coordinator Christi Eckert. “The stories shared were so hopeful and moving. We had so many individuals who participated in the event ask to help plan next year’s event, so this is something we hope to see grow each year.”

The coalition hopes to make this an annual event to continue to pound out stigma. For questions or to become involved in this event next year, call Eckert at 740-914-6444 or email [email protected].

Erin Miller can be reached at 419-512-2662.

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