100WomenStrong has earmarked more than $35,000 to support five programs that are bridging the gap for those in need of addiction and recovery services in Loudoun County.
After realizing that, despite the growing need, they had not received requests for grants in these areas, leaders of the philanthropic group studied the issue of drug misuse, active addiction and recovery and created the new grant program based on that research. Going forward, the group will include addiction and recovery in its focus on health-related grants during its regular grant-funding cycle.
“Research by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Fauquier Counties showed a need for services that address the areas of drug misuse, active addiction and recovery, and we are more than pleased to support the vital work these programs are providing to Loudoun County residents,” said Judi Garlick, 100WomenStrong member who led the Addiction and Recovery project for the group. “We hope to bring attention to the lack of funding in our area and encourage private, public and governmental organizations to work together to come up with effective solutions and policies for our county. When clients have a place close-by to recover and prepare for a successful future, it takes strain off them and their families. The entire county will benefit.”
The five organizations chosen for 2019 Addiction and Recovery Grants are:
The Chris Atwood Foundation – $10,000:Recovery Housing Scholarships for Loudoun County residents who have been accepted into a sober living home but need financial assistance to secure their place. These scholarships cover a one-time move-in fee and the first two weeks at sober living. These homes are a proven and effective step in recovery, but many leaving treatment cannot afford them.
Youth for Tomorrow – $9,000:Program expansion support for group’s addition of Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program for Adolescents in Loudoun County. Through the program, Youth for Tomorrow will provide licensed, highly skilled and compassionate substance abuse treatment to assist adolescents achieve their long-term sobriety goals and help them plan for a healthy and productive future.
Inova CATS Patient Assistance Fund – $6,040:Support for an individual and his/her family for Intensive Outpatient Program services for individuals transitioning from inpatient services for chemical dependency. At least 30 sessions of IOP therapy are needed to mitigate the chance of relapse, but, in some cases, insurance benefits will cover only the first 10 sessions. Many cannot afford to continue IOP services and dropping out significantly increases the risk of relapse.
Healthworks – $5,000:Support the expansion of identification and treatment of substance abuse in women seeking family planning services at Healthworks. Family planning services provide an opportunity to conduct screening, intervention and referral to therapy if it is determined the patient is at-risk or at higher risk and in need of counseling for substance abuse or the risk of substance abuse.
SA Peer Services – $5,000: Expansion of Substance Abuse Peer Recovery Services, which, in partnership with Loudoun County, offers recovery support by trained and certified individuals who have lived the experience of substance abuse. Specialists assist adults from the community who are enrolled in treatment with Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Developmental Services and diagnosed with a substance abuse or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorder.
Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is a group of concerned philanthropists seeking to strategically invest in organizations and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County residents. They work to improve the quality of life for Loudoun residents through strategic grants to nonprofits working in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education.
For more information, go to onehundredwomenstrong.org.