Recovery Month at CARITAS
Recovery month is a time for us to both celebrate the important work we’ve accomplished and reflect on the challenging work ahead of us. Since 2005, The Healing Place has been providing our long-term peer-driven residential recovery program to the Greater Richmond community. Here, men and women suffering from substance use disorder carve pathways to sobriety, employment, and spiritual wellness. The Healing Place program includes a workforce development program, a transitional sober living community, and an active Alumni Association to support lifelong sobriety.
This month is special because we will celebrate our very first female alumnae who will be honored at our annual Alumni Ceremony (details below). We welcomed our first women into The Healing Place in 2020 thanks to support from people like you. We are so proud of our first female participants and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
The challenges ahead for our recovery work remain, though. Drug overdose deaths in the United States spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that more than 105,000 lives were lost in 2021, up from nearly 92,000 lives lost in 2020. In Virginia, 1,478 men and women died from an overdose in 2021. Our work is far from over, but you can help us save more lives.
Join us at These Events
August 31 | National Overdose Awareness Day
Join us for a day to honor those who have come before us and raise awareness about the epidemic. Share our resources with friends family:
September 1 | CARITAS Works Commencement | 2220 Stockton Street
Join us as we celebrate CARITAS Works Class 84. Hear stories of hope directly from men and women who have completed our 5-week workforce development program. Many of them are also working toward a life in recovery as participants in The Healing Place.
September 10 | 43rd Street Festival of the Arts | 1412 W. 43rd Street
This annual event features more than 70 artists from around the country with fun for the whole family including raffles, live music, crafts, food, and more. Look for our team wearing “One Day At a Time” shirts and our recovery table to learn more about our work at The Healing Place.
You can participate in a Rapid REVIVE! training that will teach you how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and administer the overdose reversal drug Naloxone. You will receive a box of Naloxone (NARCAN) to take home. The festival and the training are free and open to the public.
September 22 | Annual THP Alumni Ceremony | 2220 Stockton Street
Join us for our annual event celebrating recovery, our donors, community partners, and more. This year, we’ll celebrate our first female alumni! We’ll also host a meet and greet reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to RSVP@caritasva.org.
September 24 | Alumni Block Party | 2220 Stockton Street
Join hundreds of alumni, volunteers, family, and friends during this open community event with activities, food, and refreshments outside of the CARITAS Center.
Support The Healing Place During Recovery Month
Did you know we offer men and women recovery services at no cost? Our doors are open 24/7 so men and women can find life-saving support the moment they need it most. Your financial gifts make this work possible. Donate in honor of someone you love. Give in honor of our dedicated staff members. Support The Healing Place to ensure a brighter future for us all. Donate here today.
Spread the Word
Help us share our message of recovery and hope. We’ll be sharing inspiring stories and resources throughout the month of September. We encourage you to follow along, click “share” when you are inspired, and tag us in your recovery month photos and posts, too!
One day at a time, we can create a brighter community full of hope. From serving food, to building furniture, to hosting a collection, we have opportunities for everyone. Visit us here for a full list of opportunities.