Rachel Lurie via Crowdrise
June 24, 2012
BENEFITING: JEWISH RECOVERY HOUSES INC
Why This Means So Much to Me:
When I was in elementary school I had a babysitter Nikki who was fabulous and I absolutely adored her. She seemed to have everything going for her: she had a lot of friends, she was beautiful and she was confident; she was my role model. Years later we discovered that she had an addiction, and a while after that she ended up overdosing. To honor her memory and help other families struggling with addiction the Nikki Perlow Foundation was created. Now that I have grown up I feel like I can see the roots of addiction happening to those around me, only they don't understand that they are suffering from this disease and they haven't even begun to lose their battle. My goal when I graduate from the University of Tampa in 2014 is to go onto grad school and become an addictions counselor.
Addiction is a hard thing for people to understand, it's frustrating -- why can't they just stop using? The short answer: because of their brain chemsitry. The long answer: I'll explain it when I finish grad school.
Why Jewish Recovery Houses
I started working as an intern at Jewish Recovery Houses in June of 2011 and immediately fell in love with this organization. It offers so many more things than any other recovery house or halfway house could dream of. It is personalized -caring about each client on an individual basis - from nutritional and financial needs to theraputic ones. We are the transition from coming out of a 28 day rehab to functioning as a real, independent person again.
Statistically nationwide, 10% of those who suffer from the disease of addiction are able to acheive recovery. At Jewish Recovery Houses it's a 47% success rate. That means that we are able to save the lives of almost half of the people who enter our program. That is monumental in the addiction world. There is no cure for addiction, once a person is an addict/alcoholic they are for life, they are just retitled recovering addicts/alcoholics. Someone once said to me "addiction is my cancer and this program is my chemo." We literally save lives here. We have a very successful program.
What I'm Hoping to Accomplish
This is my second summer interning at Jewish Recovery Houses and it is like a family -- we are a small organization with less than 10 people on staff who work extremely hard to keep the doors open. We stay open based on donations and grants. I absolutely love it here, it is the most amazing place I've ever worked with the most incredibly people I could ever hope to work with. I don't want someone to miss the opportunity of finding recovery here just because of finances.
I'm hoping to raise $450 which is enough to sponsor one person for a week at JRH. A lot of people lost the support of their family, lost their jobs, lost their homes and were living on the streets. They are not bad people, they have a malicious disease that only gets worse if it's not treated. Please consider donating $10 to help my cause.
If you have any questions about my fundraiser or about JRH in general don't hesitate to email me email@example.com
What $450 Pays For
- A bed in the unbelievable house
- sheets and linens
- grocery money for the week
- at least one individual therapy session per week
- group therapy 5 days a week
- meditation classes
- art therapy
- spirituality group
- step group
- limited transportation to 12 step meetings/AA meetings/NA meetings
- psychiatric care
- medication management
- membership to the JCC gym
- employment readiness counseling
- placement assistance
- landry facilities
- nutrition and heathy eating classes
- financial literacy classes
- access to computers
- court reporting and representation
Check out JRH
If You Know Someone Who Needs Help
Contact Jewish Recovery Houses. We have a new admissions policy: we do not discriminate based on religion (they don't have to be Jewish to come here). Either call 410.585.1223 x101 for our Executive Director Martha Meehan-Cohen or email firstname.lastname@example.org