Alano Club of Kent Co. receives grant in support of new opiate addiction support program

The Sebastian Foundation, a Grand Rapids-based family foundation, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Alano Club of Kent County in support of the agency’s new opiate addiction support program. (Courtesy: Alano Club of Kent County)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) — 
The Sebastian Foundation, a Grand Rapids-based family foundation, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Alano Club of Kent County in support of the agency’s new opiate addiction support program.
Launching this fall, the Recovery from Opiate Addiction Support Program aims to expand support services for individuals and families struggling with an opiate addiction as well as improve outreach and coordination with referral partners.
The Alano Club will develop and distribute brochures to referring partners such as public schools, shelters, hospitals, health centers, homeless and addiction service organizations and law enforcement. These organizations are on the front lines and can identify and refer those who need the individualized support provided at the Alano Club.
“It is crucial that the referring partners are armed with the resources they need to make sure those struggling with opiate addiction and their families can get the help they need,” Kevin M. O’Neill-Boehm, the Executive Director of the Alano Club, said.
Every day, the Alano Club offers multiple support groups that provide peer-to-peer counseling and assistance for those struggling with opiate addiction and their families. When facing the long road to abstinence, receiving support, encouragement, hope and mentorship from those who have traveled that same road is critical.
“However, the Club’s services can only help if those who need them are aware of them,” O’Neill-Boehm said. “So, we’re hopeful that our new support program will reach new audiences and motivate them to take action.”
For six decades, the Alano Club of Kent County has provided space and sanctuary for all those in the Grand Rapids community seeking recovery from addiction and support for lifetime sobriety. By taking the first step and walking through its doors, the Alano Club knows that people can pick up the pieces of their lives, mend their families, decrease the impact of addiction on the community and make it a better place.
For 65 years, The Alano Club of Kent County has been regarded as the leading organization serving the community by providing support, information, outreach, relevant programs, and an accepting gathering place for all those affected by addiction and seeking renewal through recovery. With strong financial support from the community, the Alano Club has assured its continuing role supporting individuals in their recovery from addiction. The Alano Club serves over 50,000 individuals each year, with over 265,000 individual meeting visits. Attendance at meetings has been steadily growing—rising almost 20 percent over the last decade.
For more information on the Alano Club of Kent County, visit their website.