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          Pennsylvania Recovery Organization --
     Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) 
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November 18, 2014 

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Tree of Hope:  Breaking Stigma Through Honoring Recovery  

The Council and PRO-ACT announce the 24th annual dedication of the "Tree of Hope," being held in the Bucks County Courthouse lobby on 55 Court Street in Doylestown, PA at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.  The event is free and open to the public, and the Tree of Hope will remain in the Courthouse lobby throughout the holiday season.  Click here for information on dedicating an ornament or attending the event.  

This positive community event has been held for 24 years to: celebrate freedom from addiction; honor those successfully achieving recovery; dedicate hope to those still struggling and working in the field; and commemorate the lives lost to this stigmatized, misunderstood disease.  Featuring music by Cordus Mundi, fellowship, and light refreshments, the highlight of the evening includes the personal testimonies by those touched by addiction, loss and recovery.  Speakers give firsthand testimonies of gratitude for their own recovery, for those who helped in achieving sobriety, and most tragically for those who lost their lives to this disease.  Handmade, personalized ornaments can be purchased prior to the event bearing the names or initials of people being honored, and are hung on the 18-foot tree during the ceremony.  

The Hon. Rea B. Boylan, serving as Judge in Bucks County's Court of Common Pleas, will be presented with the Ambassador of Recovery Award for her work in helping to reduce the impact of addiction on the local community; others will be honored as dedicated volunteers.  

SPlacing Ornamentsaid Bev Haberle, Executive Director of The Council, "as this event has grown in size over the past 24 years, I am still so very touched by the individuals who bravely present their personal testimonies, often through their own pain.  Seeing so many members of our community adversely affected by addiction is tempered by the power of all of those working toward and in recovery."  Added board member Eileen Martin of PRO-ACT of Bucks County, "I have come to this event for many years to honor others, especially people close to me who have died of this disease.  To participate for the first time as a new board member, I see even more clearly how important is this message of recovery, and remembrance of the ongoing scourge and stigma of addiction."  

Join us Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:30 pm at Bucks County Court House Lobby, Doylestown, PA. Click here for more info and to dedicate an ornament. 

"I choose a star ornament and wrote my dedication to the ones that I have lost this past year who were so dear to my heart as well as one to the families that have been effected by this disease.  When we were called up to place our specific dedications on the tree, it was very comforting to know that I was not alone in this journey.  I definitely felt a warmth surrounding me.  I believe that warmth was my loved ones alongside me during this ceremony, letting me know that everything is going to be OK." - Dawn P - 2013 Tree of Hope Attendee 


Overdose Prevention, Education and Naloxone Response Training - Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - two training times 12:30 - 1:30 pm and 7:00 - 8:00 pm at SBRCC, 1286 Veterans Hwy, D6, Bristol.  Learn what to do in case of an overdose and how to administer the life-saving overdose reversal agent called Naloxone.  Click here for more information.  Space is limited. Contact David at 215-230-8218 x3162 or email.  

Planning to Sustain Recovery - every Tuesday 7 - 8:30 pm and every Thursday 10 - 11:30 am at CBRCC, 252 W Swamp Road, Unit 12, Doylestown.  Educational support group to help individuals in all stages of recovery plan goals and action steps to sustain recovery. To registeremail or call Jeanne at 215-345-6644.  

Recovery Enhancement Classes at PRCC, 1701 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, 19132. 10 week course running Thursdays through Feb. 12 from 5 - 7 pm.  Various topics.  Call 215-223-7700 to register. Space is limited.   

Gateway to Work every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am at SBRCC, 1286, Veterans Highway, Unit D-6, Bristol; 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 pm at CBRCC, 252 W Swamp Road, Doylestown. Get help with resume building, barriers to employment and motivation. Contact Rick at 215-345-6644 or email for more information.


Volunteer for The Council/PRO-ACT !!

Contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators:
Central Bucks:  Email or call Rick at 215-345-6644
Southern Bucks:  Email or call Karen at 215-788-3738 x100
Philadelphia: Email or call She-Ria at 215-233-7700 or Email John or call 215-923-1661 
Chester, Delaware and Montco: Email or call John at 215-923-1661
PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! Committees: Email  or call John at 215-923-1661
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