ELLSWORTH — The Inspire Recovery Center is the only rehabilitation substance recovery center in Hancock County. The foundation held a fund-raising event Saturday so they can continue to help the people who rely on it.
Healthy Acadia has several offices that go toward helping families and individuals get to a place of stability. The Inspire Recovery Center in Ellsworth is one of the places that helps people with substance abuse issues get on the road to a sober life through coaching and basic necessity assistance.
“We have open doors that are non-judgmental and folks can come in and have a cup of coffee and sit and chat you know there’s nothing more normal than just sitting and chatting and having a community that you can do that in,” said Donna Mitchell, recovery coach coordinator at Inspire Recovery Center.
The event Saturday, Sept. 18 included silent auctions, music, arts, crafts, and more. The proceeds will go into Healthy Acadia’s Recovery Resource Fund which will provide working individuals with housing assistance, car repairs, and other basic necessities.
“So some of the smallest items that we think may be insignificant can make a huge difference can make a huge difference in someone’s life,” said Denise Black, co-director at Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching.
Black said the point is to stop the problem in its tracts and prevent someone from relapsing. She said they can assist with things like reliable transportation, which can a long way.
“People use drugs as an escape we know why people take drugs what we have to do is affect the causative reasons, poverty, homelessness. People need jobs they need education they need a roof over their head, they need food security,” said Gordon Smith, director of Maine’s Opioid Response Team.
Gordon Smith works at the governor’s office of policy and innovation and a major portion of his work includes harm reduction strategies — things like needle exchange and distributing Narcan.
“When we do come in contact with somebody perhaps through an overdose or a drug-related offense one of the very first actions that we take is to help point them in the direction of Project Hope or other recovery programs in the city of Ellsworth,” said Glenn Moshier, Ellsworth’s City Manager, and Police Chief.
Project Hope is a humanitarian relief organization that the city of Ellsworth is a part of. Moshier said many of the law-breaking situations he deals with is because of addiction and wants folks to see the resources the community has available to them.
All money raised Saturday from the silent auctions to music, to the hot dogs cooked by the Ellsworth’s Police Department is going to the people in recovery who are facing challenges every single day.