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Recovery Block Party at Beacon of Hope  (3789)

09/16/2012 1:00 PM - 09/16/2012 4:00 PM

This rain or shine, indoor/outdoor event celebrates recovery and the recovery community with food, entertainment, information tables, give-aways, wellness demonstrations and stations, crafts and an open house tour of Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center.
Speakers and previews of activities featured at Beacon of Hope are included at this family-friendly event.

Location: Millison Plaza, Lexington Park, Maryland, inside building and in parking lot adjacent to Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center

21800 N. Shangri-La Drive, Unit 13/14
Lexington Park, MD 20653
United States

Sponsoring Organizations: Walden Sierra

Type of Event: Celebration
Health and Wellness
Open House

Targeted participants for this year's event: 150

Primary Contact:
Laura Webb
30007 Business Center Drive

Charlotte Hall, MD  20622

United States
301-997-1300 x 804

Date of Post: 9/18/2012

News/Media Name: The Lexington Park Leader

Press Copy: Walden Block Party Kicks off National Recovery Month Posted by Editor on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 · Leave a Comment Posted for Walden Behavioral Health Community Builder By Mallory Lengel Last Saturday, the normally drab parking lot next to the Lexington
Park movie theater was decorated with balloons, sand art and flags for the first-ever Southern Maryland Recovery Block Party. Walden Behavioral Health’s Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center and sponsors such as AA, Al-Anon, NA and more joined together
to host an event where community members of all ages could come together in a family-friendly atmosphere and support National Recovery Month. Booths surrounded the parking lot directly in front of Beacon Recovery Center offering activities such as face painting,
sand art, karaoke, found poetry and more. Children played volleyball and catch with each other and volunteers who were working the event. But the real purpose of the day’s festivities ran much deeper than simply providing a fun time. Walden’s Beacon strives
to provide help for community members who have nowhere else to turn. The community center serves not only as a substance-abuse recovery center but as an overall mental health recovery and wellness center. Many volunteers who staffed the event did so because
they were helped by Walden and felt an overwhelming desire and responsibility to give back. “To be healthy you need healthy relationships, and we help people to develop those relationships,” said Laura Webb, Walden’s Community Engagement Manager and one of
Beacon’s recovery counselors. Beacon hosts events like the block party in order to reach out to community members who may need the kind of help that Beacon can provide, Webb said. These events help create a friendly, approachable, open environment. One Block
party attendee who has been receiving help from Walden and Beacon for 9 months said he was passionate about the program because of how it changed his life. “If I hadn’t been arrested, and received help, I don’t know where I would be right now,” he said “The
program gives me structure and a place to go if I need to get away from my own thoughts.” Beacon also provides ‘safe’ activities to people who they help as well as career planning assistance and works to get health assistance to those who need it. Thanks to
events like the block party it is possible to reach out to more of the community and let those in need know that someone is there to help them.

Other Information: video intervirew with organizers at


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