For many parents with substance use disorders or for caregivers of children affected; isolationon, anger, fear, and feelings of abandonment are all real. For children, these same emotions are even more complex and harder to manage without support.
Here’s how we made a difference in these areas this year:
- Hope Scholarship Program: A 37% increase in therapy sessions lead to healing and renewed hope for 12 children affected by addiction. The 135 sessions completed included equine, play, and counseling services. Families also received comprehensive supports including in-school advocacy, coaching, gatherings, 10 weeks of summer camp & holiday gifts.
- Tranquil Shores Cares Education: 46 Parents and caregivers completed the newly created Healing HeARTs training. They reported learning how to better nurture the emotional development of their kids and receiving new parenting resources to help their kids grow up healthy and happy.
- Healing HeART Kits: 124 kids received their very own art kits. Each kit was designed to teach kids about how art can be a healthy outlet to express themselves and a fun tool to build a memory with their loved ones.
- Substance Abuse Prevention & Awareness: Countless parents, caregivers, businesses, and community members heard our prevention message through presentations at the following events: Celebrate Recovery, The Pete O’Shea Radio Show AM 1110, St. Pete West Rotary, Lealman Adopt a Block Family Fun Fair, Highland Back to School Expo, Give Day Tampa Bay, 2015 Charity Golf Classic Luncheon, a Career Fair for students, & through a sponsorship of the Seminole Jr. Warhawks Baseball team.