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The Angels of the Valley Banner Project aims to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and reduce the stigma associated with people who have lost their lives due to substance-related causes. This project also recognizes the grief felt by families, friends, and our community for those who have lost a loved one as a result of substance use. The banners signify the passing of someone cherished and send a message that the tragedy of substance-related death is preventable, and those who are suffering should feel no shame in asking for help. Banners are displayed at ArtsQuest's SteelStacks campus in south Bethlehem, from August 31 (international overdose awareness day) through September (National Recovery month). New submissions accepted by ArtsQuest in July 2021.
We hosted our 3rd Annual Family Recovery Day in recognition of September as National Recovery Month. This year's theme was Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community. We had an exciting day of activities including a picnic lunch, live music, the mock teen bedroom, Narcan training, free medication lock boxes, community resource tables, and much more! Thank you to our many sponsors, community groups, volunteers, and board members who helped make this year's event our best one yet!
Coinciding with the 29th anniversary of Ben's birthdate, Speak Up for Ben, Inc. | OASIS Community Center hosted this very moving event to commemorate the precious lives lost due to the opioid epidemic and other substance-related causes. Over a hundred people attended the event which included a presentation about butterflies, a remembrance ceremony honoring lost loved ones by name and photo, the butterfly release, and a social hour featuring live music and family-friendly activities including face painting, rock painting, and a special kids' craft. Please register for this free event through Eventbrite.