Through funding from the Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Recovery Network awarded 20 scholarships to Missouri recovery leaders to attend the Unite to Face Addiction rally on October 4, 2015. Awardees will spend two nights in Washington, D.C., joining over 500 partnering organizations as well as thousands of recovery advocates from across the country in a show of solidarity and collective force.
“Individuals were chosen based on their local and regional leadership, and involvement in helping create recovery-oriented systems of care,” said MRN Executive Director Brenda Schell. “Those identified were individuals and/or family members with a lived recovery experience who are making an impact in their communities by being visible, vocal, and raising awareness of substance use disorder recovery.”
“This is an event unlike any other,” Schell added. “MRN is proud to be a partnering organization with Unite to Face Addiction.”
In order to be considered for the scholarship, individuals were required to write an essay detailing their personal recovery story, as well as why they wanted to go to the event.
“I want to attend the Unite to Face Addiction Rally because I know it is possible for one person or a group of strong individuals to ignite a change in someone else,” says scholarship recipient Patricia. “I want others to see what recovery can do and how it is not merely an individual process but one that requires the involvement of the community. I want others to have the chance to find what I and many others have found: a new way of life free from the chains of active addiction.”