CONNECTION IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS
No One Should Suffer Alone
Our purpose is to provide essential necessaties to the homeless community, and to help those still suffering from Substance Use Disorder. We personally get our boots on the ground in the highest impacted areas of the city affected by these unfortunate truths. Our Team Members and Volunteers serve selflessly as a united front with compassion, understanding, and empathy for such less fortunate individuals.
One Leap of Faith
Where We Are
Where We Want To Be
Mike Gliem, President/Founder
After surviving a T.B.I. and overcoming 20+ years of SUD, homelessness, jails, and institutions, he found his purpose. He personally has multiple years in long-term sustained recovery. Mike is a published Certified Masters Professional Motivational/Inspirational Speaker, as well as a host on The Stigma Ends Here! Podcast. Mike is an addiction, Mental Health, and Traumatic Brain Injury Advocate. He has professional experience ranging from 12 step Instructor, Recovery Support Specialist, Recovery Coach, Residential Counselor, and Mentor. Mikes primary purpose is to help those still sick and suffering from SUD, and to encourage growth in all aspects of life. His "assignment" was given to turn his "Pain into Purpose" through faith and evidence based Treatment.
Jennifer Lynch, VP/Co-Founder
Jenn has been professionally working in community health since 2011. She's a Registered Nurse with a passion for helping others with an empathetic approach. Jenn is a Mental Health and Recovery Advocate. As a mental health survivor herself and personal ties to those affected by SUD, her mission is to continue to save lives, promote positivity, and encourage growth while helping others realize their worth, authenticity, and learning to become the best versions of themselves while being comfortable within themselves.
Brandy Novak-Dixon, Online/ Peer Support & Resource Management
Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Recovery Coach & Certified Harm Reductionist
Brandy has both personal and professional backgrounds in addiction, addiction recovery, as well as mental health. Brandy is a Certified Peer Specialist guiding people to the most personalized treatment possible. As a Harm Reductionist, Brandy does a lot of Narcan work, based out of S.C. which has given her the ability to hit the ground and offer support and supplies to keep people as safe as possible during active addiction. She personally has over 11 years of long-term sustained recovery, with a strong knowledge of addiction and many pathways to recovery. Brandy offers peer focused, evidence based solutions to help the nest person begin their own path to recovery.
Christina McDowell, Outreach, Resource, & Facility Engagement Specialist
Christina is an individual in sustained long-term recovery, as well as a personal witness to the devastation SUD causes. She's extremely knowledgeable in 12 step fellowship, and it's spiritual principles. Christina has a strong connection through personal experience with those in early recovery. She is very solution driven and will be earning her BA in Drug and Alcohol Counseling.
Sal Giglio, Outreach, Peer Support & Engagement Specialist
Sal is in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Being highly motivated and through personal experience he has developed a passion to be able to give back what was so freely given to him. Having an opportunity to reach individuals in all faucets of this ongoing epidemic using new and accessible ways is a "personal mission, to end the stigma".
How we make a difference
We pride ourselves in building personal, lasting relationships with those willing to take our suggestions in turn creating a new way of life with the goal of long-term sobriety.
One of our main focuses during community outreaches and building relationships with those in need is to "plant seeds". Our goal is to personally identify and relate to someone who may need services, resources, and/or treatment to address their unique situations.
Structured care planning
As a team, determining where someone may be in their personal journey through recovery, we identify and apply the best possible care planning and structure to fit their needs that have the best chance for success.
With our teams' vast knowledge and personal experience in many different areas, we are able to provide evidence-based tools for one to navigate their way through early recovery.
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As A Matter Of FACT...
"The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard," said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D. "As we continue to fight to end this pandemic, it's important to not lose sight of different groups being affected in other ways. We need to take care of people suffering from people unintended consequences."
Synthetic opioids (primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl) appear to be the primary driver of the increases in overdose deaths, increasing 38.4% from the 12-month period leading up to June 2019.
Overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 26.5%.
Based upon earlier research, these deaths are likely linked to co-use or contamination of cocaine with illicitly manufactured fentanyl or heroin.
Overdose deaths involving psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine, increased by 34.8%. The number of deaths involving psychostimulants now EXCEEDS the number of cocaine involved deaths.
Over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occured in the United States in the last 12 months ending in May 2020, the HIGHEST number of overdose deaths EVER recorded in a 12-month period, according to recent provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
* 37 of the 38 U.S. jurisdictions with available synthetic opioid data reported increases in synthetic opioid-involved overdose deaths.
* 18 of these jurisdictions reported increases greater than 50 percent.
* 10 western states reported over a 98 percent increase in synthetic opioid-involved deaths.
NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!
DID YOU KNOW?
Accidental drug overdoses are the LEADING cause of death for individuals under 50 years old.
* Only ONE naloxone prescription is dispensed for every 70 high-dose opioid prescriptions nationwide
* In 2018 rural counties had the lowest dispensing rates. Primary care providers wrote only 1.5 naloxone prescriptions per 100 high-dose opioid prescriptions - a marker for opioid overdose risk - and over half of naloxone prescriptions required a co-pay.
* The use of peer providers - also known as Recovery Coaches (PRCs), Peer Support Specialists, and patient navigators has been a promising practice in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. As more evidence emerges on the importance of peer support for SUD recovery, findings demonstrate that peer support services are associated with several KEY improved health outcomes including, reduced substance use, increased treatment retention, reduced relapse rates, greater housing stability. decreased criminal justice involvement, and more. Through partnerships with state behavioral health agencies and Medicaid, state and territorial health agencies can promote the establishment of peer support services and ensure sustainability for the critical work they do.