In 2018 we awarded our first grant to Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council, in the amount of $10,000. The funds were utilized to expand the capacity of their Washington Drug Free Youth (WDFY) program. This program offers youth, grades 6-12, an incentive to stay drug-free through positive reinforcement- by giving them the opportunity to participate in fun activities and receive discounts from local merchants. Businesses benefit from having drug free youth programs in the community, and experience shows that peer-led initiatives are more effective.
We chose to support this organization for many reasons. The primary reason is that it appears to be the organization that is having the biggest impact in prevention in our community. Not only do they run their own prevention programs, they support and collaborate with other organizations in order to spread awareness. As we develop our own programs to support those in recovery, we thought it was important to also invest in prevention.
We also awarded a grant to ROAR (Reaching Out Advocating Recovery). This money is being used to provide scholarships and rent subsidies to individuals who have completed treatment and are living in a ROAR House (sober living). The Recovery Grant will allow its recipients to attend courses and workshops that teach life skills, financial management and recovery education. Each of these elements provide the support needed to lead a successful, sober life.
Our latest partnership is with Family Promise of Spokane, which provides programs for homeless families. We understand the importance of having a stable home and healthy family relationships. Our grant will allow families to stay together, mitigating the trauma of homelessness. Reducing trauma is an effective prevention measure, and stable housing is key to remaining in recovery.