The Starke County Commissioners this week proclaimed each Tuesday in February “New Hope for Families Days,” urging all citizens of the community to participate in all efforts to make Starke County a model of a healthy community.
Bob Hinojosa, director of Starke County Community Corrections, approached the commissioners and introduced case manager Jordan MacKentire, who has been spearheading the effort. The proclamation came about as a result of the high level of drug abuse and addiction that is devastating the well-being of the Starke County community. However, a network of community organizations are making increased education and treatment a top priority, and Starke County Community Corrections is offering a new program called New Hope – Families and Addiction.
The new program covers education on the effects of addiction on the brain and body, how to find support, and where to find other adults with loved ones struggling with these issues to talk to. In addition, the program helps to find treatment, education on resources to pay for treatment, and teaches how to stay healthy through worry and stress.
SCCC is holding the New Hope program each Tuesday night in February from 6 to 7 p.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox, free to the public.
The commissioners approved the proclamation unanimously.