Editor: On Sept. 10 Leesburg Community Church hosted the inaugural HopeFest Health and Wellness Fair. This fair is a part of a larger picture called The Hope for Mental Health Initiative.
The purpose is to help eliminate the stigma attached to mental illness and to educate the community in how to deal with things such as, suicide prevention, drug addiction, PTSD, schizophrenia, depression and other mental illness’. Mainly though, it is being established to reach out to those who are afflicted with these many issues and to help guide them through the myriad of health services, insurance issues, state laws and rabbit trails. It is time to join together, not only in the Christian community but also in the private sector to educate people and to expose the awesome resources available in our county.
I want to give a shout out to the many vendors, panelists, and speakers who participated in the inaugural HopeFest Health and Wellness Fair. Thank you to the many area leaders, such as Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, County Chair Phyllis Randall and Supervisor Geary Higgins for lending their insight, support and time to this event. Although the temperatures reached the high ’90s, there were still many who came to see the vast services that Loudoun County provides to those in need. To the over 70 volunteers who spent the day making this a success, including the J.R.O.T.C of Loudoun County High School, Boy Scouts of America Pack 982, and several area churches. Words cannot express my gratitude.
This is just the beginning. There is much work to be done and my prayer is that this will spread all over Loudoun County. Keep your eyes out for other seminars, teachings, trainings and support groups at Leesburg Community Church (leesburgcc.org/hope) throughout the year and in other churches and community facilities in Loudoun County.
Thank you all again for your help. We will see you next year for HopeFest 2017.
Doug Wall, Worship Pastor
Leesburg Community Church