This September Meridian celebrated National Recovery Month with multiple exciting events and activities. National Recovery Month is an annual observance held each September in an effort to educate Americans on the importance of providing substance use treatment and mental health services to those in need.
To kick the month off, a team of Meridian staff and clients, led by Edith Fowler, constructed Meridian’s first Recovery Wall on September 1st. The wall was designed to be an area where both clients and staff can express their creativity as well as have the opportunity to define recovery in their own terms. The wall was composed of brightly colored sticky notes and participants were encouraged to decorate their sticky note as they wished.
Steps to Wellness
Meridian’s Second Annual Steps to Wellness Luncheon was held on September 7th at the Sweetwater Branch Inn. The luncheon featured a breakfast for lunch themed menu; as well as a live art auction and a short presentation by mother/daughter Meridian clients, Virginia and Lacorya Lynn. This event launched a $750,000 fundraising campaign to expand the residential accommodations within the Mother’s Intensive Supportive Treatment Program (MIST); and with the help of Meridian supporters and community, raised $51,140.
Race to Recovery
Meridian’s Inaugural Race to Recovery 5K was held on September 24th in additional effort within the capital campaign. The race welcomed 110 registered runners, walkers and joggers and over 40 event volunteers. All proceeds generated through the Race to Recovery benefited Meridian’s Capital Campaign honoring an expansion that will allow mothers to complete treatment through the Mothers Intensive Support Treatment (MIST) program with all their children by their side.
Baker County Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Meridian ended National Recovery Month with a bang by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring the recent opening of their brand new location in Macclenny, Florida. The ceremony included remarks from CEO Maggie Labarta, Ph.D and Program Manager, Tracie Sides; cutting of the ribbon with the Baker County Chamber of Commerce; and closed with tours of the facility.