10/12/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – On Aug. 3, 2017, Ashland University President Dr. Carlos Campo and Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office held a roundtable discussion regarding the role of faith communities and the opioid crisis. As a result of this meeting, an event titled, “Recovering Hope in Ashland County - A Faith Based Approach to the Opioid Crisis,” has been scheduled in Ashland to further address this topic.
“Churches and other faith-based organizations are traditionally places of refuge, where individuals and families battered by addiction should be able to find comfort, support and counsel without stigma or judgment,” said DeWine. “My office is pleased to work with Ashland University and other area faith leaders to help the faith-based community learn about substance abuse and addiction. The goal is that those attending this conference will collaborate with other faith-based community agencies and other community partners to serve those who are affected and to bring hope and healing to those struggling with addiction.”
This community engagement event, set for Oct. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. with dinner included, will be held at Park Street Brethren Church at 619 Park St. While registration is required, there is no cost to attend and there will be an optional free will donation collected to support local recovery efforts.
People can register for the event via this link:
The event’s Faith Community United in Support of Recovery program will review the current status in Ohio and Ashland County, and will be followed by faith leaders sharing effective programs that are currently being implemented. This will include two panel discussions:
Panel One is titled “Current Status in Ohio and Ashland County” and will feature:
· Pastor Greg Delaney, WOODHAVEN Outreach Coordinator
· Brian Evans, Metrich Enforcement Unit
· Chris Tunnell, Ashland County Prosecutor
· Jana Carroll, Job and Family Services
Panel Two is titled “Voices of Hopeful Solutions” and will feature:
· Dennis Dyer, Ashland Co. Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
· Jennifer Keller, CASA
· Sherry Bouquet, Fostering Families Ministry
· Joe Nichols, Project One
· Fredy Robles, Hope and Healing Beyond Heroin, Cleveland Diocese
Co-sponsors of the event are Ashland University’s Campus Wellness, the Office of Christian Ministry and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as the Samaritan Hospital Foundation.
AU President Dr. Campo noted the impetus for Ashland University’s role in this event.
“Great Universities serve their communities, and we believe that we need to look for academically-based solutions to the opioid crisis. We all need to take action together to mend Ashland County because addictions negatively affect children, families and communities,” Campo said. “We realize there have been other major community summits to raise awareness and educate the community, but believe this is an ongoing struggle, and look forward to the perspective and expertise of the faith leaders.”
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###