Sheriff’s office partners with The Healing Place
The Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office has responded to the recent uptick in heroin and opiate addiction locally by opening a Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP) wing inside the county jail. HARP provides intensive counseling, treatment and hope to those who are struggling to end their addiction and repeat incarceration.
To enhance the program, the sheriff’s office is partnering with The Healing Place, a CARITAS program, which aims to break the cycles of homelessness and addiction in metro Richmond. The Healing Place is a long-term residential recovery program that has a 70 percent success rate for its clients. It offers a long-term treatment option for nonviolent criminals.
The sheriff’s office tracks participants’ activities while in the program through the use of GPS tracking bands. Men can be in the program for as little as six months up to a year depending on how quickly clients move through the steps of the recovery program. The Healing Place’s success rate is rooted in a 12-step peer-to-peer recovery model. New clients meet and develop relationships with other men in the recovery program who carry a message of inspiration and hope.
The Healing Place program assists men in obtaining jobs and housing, encourages them to save money, and ultimately helps them become productive citizens.
Not only will this new partnership help eliminate risk factors that lead heroin abusers to relapse, it also saves the local government money. It costs the county jail more money to house an inmate inside of the jail than it does to have them on the GPS monitoring system assigned to the substance abuse recovery program.
The Healing Place offers services to outside clients at no charge.
Haley Douglas Jobe of Midlothian has received the Dobson-Neely Latin Scholarship as an incoming student at Davidson College. She is the daughter of Douglas and Lori Jobe and is a graduate of James River High School. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic and personal achievement and a commitment to pursue the study of Latin.
Olivia Meyerhoffer, Cosby High; Erwin Karincic, James River High; Lauren Crebbs, Midlothian High; and Kaylea Armstrong, Monacan High, have received $500 scholarships from Wegmans Food Markets.
Off Grid By Design donated and installed a $10,000 solar panel system at Falling Creek Middle School. The 1-kilowatt solar array will offer hands-on learning about the renewable energy industry. The clean, renewable energy from the solar array will power a recharging station for student Chromebooks and will recharge 12-volt batteries used with underwater robotics vehicles. The solar array also will be linked to the school’s digital kiosk that records different types of information, so that students can understand the amount of energy generated from the sun.
Bach to Rock (B2R), a music school for students of all ages, has opened a new location in Midlothian. B2R will host an open house on Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at 11400 West Huguenot Road, Suite 105. The community is invited to tour the school, enjoy a free music lesson, learn about individual lessons and group classes, try out free toddler “Mommy and Me” classes, enter into prize drawings and giveaways, check out the recording studio, meet the teachers and more. Visit midlothian.b2rmusic.com for more information.
Steven and Nehana Dew, and Nehana’s parents, Tracy and Venus Kneebush, recently purchased and celebrated the grand opening of a Fetch! Pet Care franchise. The Richmond West location will provide professional pet-sitting, dog walking and other pet services in the county. For more information, call 464-8245 or visit fetch petcare.com/richmond-west.
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