A group of moms in Martinsburg put on the first Community in Recovery Event at the Berkeley County youth fairground. They call themselves the hope dealers and put on the recovery event on Saturday with the goal to take steps towards battling the areas growing heroin epidemic.
Tara Mayson ( hope dealer project) “A community united in recovery will recover.”
The event featured dozens of vendors and speakers from as far as Florida. The space was filled with information and resources to help those who are seeking treatment for addiction. The group wanted to create a space where people could come and feel comfortable seeking help for themselves or their loved ones.
Tara Mayson, “Because oft he stigma they are not willing to reach out because they feel that heroin use..well its ugly. You cant talk about it to your family, you cant talk about it to your close friends and things like that so we want them to reach out to us.”
The group is so passionate about their cause because they’ve dealt with addiction and recovery, some of the moms have lost their children to drug abuse. They decided to come together knowing that this area is in dire need of help .
Tna stride & Lisa Melcher (hope dealer project) “we were moms who found out our own children at one point in our life, we were devastated.”
The hope dealer project offers the assistance to active addicts with finding detoxes, treatment centers, and sober living facilities. They even work with addicts who don’t have insurance finding them affordable and sometimes free facilities. The moms say that there is hope and one of the biggest problems is a lot of people just don’t know how or where to find it.
Tina Stride & Lisa Melcher “when they reach out to us we tell them we’re right here, and we aren’t going anywhere. We are going to help you as much as we can to find you a place. That’s the hope dealer, we’re the new dealers in town. We deal hope.”
The hope dealers plan to put on more recovery events in the near future. You can find out more information about the Hope Dealers and the services they provide on their facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheHopeDealerProject/?ref=br_rs or by calling 844-383-4673.