Locals learn how to use Narcan kits, hope to save lives

June 21, 2018. 14 News.

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – For the second time in Evansville’s history, the Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE) held a free community narcan training event Thursday at Cleaves Memorial CME Church on Line Street.

Dozens of people showed to take advantage of the narcan kit giveaway, provided by Overdose Lifeline, Inc., which has provided Evansville Police and the Fire Department hundreds of Naloxone kits.

The Women’s Center at Moores Creek; Region Ten’s beacon of hope in fighting women’s addictions

May 18, 2018. The Daily Progress.

Region Ten, the behavioral health care provider in the region, will see a dream come true early next month, when it will officially open the doors to The Women’s Center at Moores Creek. The new center, just a stone’s throw away from the main campus on Old Lynchburg Road, will focus on the treatment of women who battle substance abuse. To make that dream a reality, Region Ten is asking the community to raise funds to match an anonymous $250,000 matching donation it received recently.

Charlottesville hasn’t seen a facility focused on helping women who battle substance abuse for over three decades. Region Ten is changing that.  Come next month, those women, and their children, will finally have a place to go.

Should Lexington B.U.I.L.D. a better needle exchange? ‘Yes,’ say 2,000 people in 26 congregations.

May 16, 2018. Lexington Herald Leader.

Only about 11 percent of the Americans who needed specialized treatment for a substance abuse disorder in 2016 received it, which tells us that B.U.I.L.D. has again zeroed in on an urgent need: How to expand access to treatment in Lexington.

Alarmed by a doubling in fatal overdoses in Lexington in three years, the coalition of 26 religious congregations is seeking an expansion of Lexington’s needle-exchange program as a way to stem the spread of blood-borne diseases, steer more people into treatment and save money on health-care costs.

Finding a home: Region Ten set to open Women’s Center

May 11, 2018. Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Last year, Caitlin Kelly spoke to a crowd of an estimated 1,000 people about her 17-year struggle with addiction. It was part of a movement to build a place for women in Central Virginia to stay while recovering from substance abuse.

Now, the Region Ten Community Services Board’s Women’s Center at Moores Creek is preparing to host a housewarming party on June 1, and Kelly has just been hired as the center’s certified peer recovery specialist.

C.A.J.E. holds annual rally in Newburgh

April 16, 2018. Tristate homepage.com

C.A.J.E.. which stands for Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment had their yearly meeting in Newburgh.

It’s been almost a year since C.A.J.E. held its Nehemiah action meeting, where goals and solutions are made for the year ahead.

So what has been accomplished? First, Narcan.

C.A.J.E. co-chair Richard Gregg says the group got local police and sheriff departments and EMT’s to carry Narcan.