League City has been chosen, as one of only 25 cities in the nation, by Facing Addiction for the2018 Community’s Project. The Community Project’s primary aim is to bring a community organizing framework into communities to push for local policy change on addiction issues. Facing Addiction in partnership with their local partner organization, The Refuge Center of Houston, is hosting the inaugural Community Organizing Training for League City, on August 31st, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at 1511 El Dorado Blvd, Houston, TX 77062. The training provides a framework for determining attainable goals for our communities, as well as an over view of the fundamentals of community organizing.
In October 2017, PBS released a poll with a shocking number – despite the fact that overdoses are the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. 58% of those surveyed said they did not believe that addiction was a national emergency. For those of us directly involved in this issue – people in recovery who are advocating for change, families who’ve lost loved ones, prevention professionals, treatment providers, law enforcement offices, etc. – it can often be hard to fathom how every person doesn’t share our urgency to tackle this challenge.
Facing Addiction believes the answer is clear- it’s time to engage in a massive community organizing effort, town by town, city by city. Community organizing is defined in the Oxford Living Dictionaries as, “The coordination of cooperative efforts and campaigning carried out by local residents to promote the interests of their community.”
The primary objective of the Communities Project is to equip communities and organizations within League City and the surrounding communities and counties with a basic overview and framework for conducting community organizing and mobilization programs in order to develop goals and see them through to fruition. It is not Facing Addiction intention to tell our cities, communities or counties what goals we should tackle. Rather, their objective is to equip our city and surrounding communities and counties with a framework, driven by age old organizing practices, that will help us determine these goals for ourselves.
As the local community leader and partner organization I think it is important to involve not only League City but our surrounding cities including all of Galveston and Brazoria Counties. I know there are numerous entities and individuals within these counties, and the cities of which they are comprised, that are doing great things in the arena of Recovery. I look forward to seeing city officials, medical providers, treatment and aftercare providers, support programs, mental health providers, families, individuals with Substance Use Disorder, faith-based institutions and programs, law enforcement agencies, mental health professionals, and more at this meeting.
Please let your staff, family, friends, neighbors and colleagues know about this event. It is only 30 days away. My challenge to you is to invite at least five individuals and then encourage them to do the same. Let’s show the nation that we are dedicated to finding solutions and answers to the opiate epidemic in League City and Galveston and Brazoria Counties.