Fostering a Community of Recovery
The leaders at St. Christopher’s Inn continue to look for opportunities to promote community, both inside and outside of the Inn. Our local area, the Hudson Valley, has been hit hard by the raging opioid epidemic. At St. Christopher’s Inn, we want to be a source for good in this ongoing battle, not just for the Brothers Christopher who are in treatment, but also for those just beyond our borders who are still searching for answers. This spring, we connected with a few local resources to explore ways to help.
In April, the SCI leadership team invited Nancy Montgomery, Putnam County Legislator and Cold Spring native, along with Danielle Pack McCarthy, Addiction Resource Coordinator for Putnam County for a visit to tour the Inn. We discussed ways we can partner with them to bring opportunities for education, healing and support for families and friends to the local community, and look forward to a productive partnership in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
In late July, the co-founders of Hope Not Handcuffs Hudson Valley visited the Inn to learn more about access to treatment. Hope Not Handcuffs Hudson Valley is a program that allows anyone struggling with substance use disorder to walk in to a participating law enforcement agency and ask for help. A trained volunteer will come to the police department and work with that person to find immediate treatment options, assist with paperwork and provide support until the process is complete. Since they started with one law enforcement agency in January 2019, Hope Not Handcuffs Hudson Valley has expanded into nearly 20 more including Putnam County.
We look forward to continued outreach and partnerships with local resources that will benefit our extended community, as well as our Brothers Christopher as they complete treatment and move beyond St. Christopher’s Inn.