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HAPPY, HAPPY YEAR

12/26/2016

Hope you had a good 2016 and 2017 will be even better. The staff and Board of Trustees all wish you a very Happy New Year.

How about our Cleveland Indians? The whole season decided by one run! Unfortunately, that run was for the other team. But, at least the Cavaliers gave us our first championship after 68 years! No need to talk about that football team. As an old timer growing up in the glory years of the Browns, I would like to see the owner change the name of the team. They are a dishonor to the memory of their founder and the greatest coach of all time, Paul Brown.

For those of you who might not remember, Murphy’s Law is: “If something can go wrong, it will.” But here is some good news. If a tornado warning is ever issued for Northeast Ohio, residents are urged to get to Browns Stadium to take refuge because that is one place a touchdown will not occur.

With the Director of FRC away from home a lot, I’ve acquired two hobbies - grocery shopping and cooking. I even do the laundry. I have continued my many years of speaking on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I was honored to speak at all of the masses at St. Paul’s on the weekend before Veterans Day.

We had the usual houseful for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our children came from Steubenville and Hershey, PA with the full brood of grandchildren. The crowd included close friends from Salem and Cleveland. Of course, the featured fare was the traditional seven fishes, Italian and Sicilian meal plus Rita Joseph O’Leary’s Lebanese specialities.

Now that everyone is gone, I continue to bask in the quietness of our home. Hopefully your holidays were filled with merriment, mirth and some mindfulness.

On a more serious note, the Executive Director of Family Recovery Center (FRC) is still going strongly as ever. FRC has taken over the operation in Jefferson County (Steubenville) with a complete staff and a full slate of services as with the Columbiana County.

On the professional level, Family Recovery Center has grown through its outreaching to many more individuals in the community by adding programming throughout and has continued to maintain a loyal and enthusiastic staff.

On the occasion of this holiday season, it seems more important than ever to count our blessings. This includes you, as you live in the community, the same community in which Family Recovery Center endeavors to provide various services and touch many lives: the men, women and children who have been part of our programming. In the last year alone, more than 1,400 individuals have received services at the Center.

We’ve all seen the headlines. We are in the midst of an epidemic of addiction and overdoses that is unprecedented. Drug addiction has touched nearly every person in our community. More people are seeking treatment, and the staff is receiving more calls from parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings and friends asking, “What can I do?”

Your help and support throughout the year is always gratefully accepted. Funds raised throughout the community helps the Center provide and sustain services to those in need of treatment, and strengthen the family as it heals to work together.

As individuals work towards and reach recovery, we see them returning to their families, schools, communities and jobs. Through the many individuals who have been helped over the many years, the agency is thankful. Your families are thankful. Speaking for all of them, we say: Happy New Year. May your days be filled with good health, success and a loving family.


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