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SOARnatick.org

A Natick-based support group for those with a loved one suffering from Substance Use Disorder

SOAR Natick. We listen. We support.

Bi-weekly meetings at the

Morse Institute Library

14 East Central Street, Natick

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On the evening of December 20th several members of the SOAR Natick group gathered to make 'Holiday Bags' for local young people in early recovery. We started with a small wish list and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community.

A big thank you to Natick Rotary, Charles River Rotary, The Journey Group, and the countless individuals who filled our donation bins to capacity and beyond. Gift bags were filled with toiletries, gloves, socks, new sheets/blankets/pillows. There were also cleaning donations and kitchen items. The list goes on and on. All gifts will be delivered to two sober homes for young men and women in the Natick/Framingham area this week.

On behalf of SOAR Natick we humbly thank you all for your kindness. We are making a difference!

Former NBA professional basketball player, author, speaker, and recovering addict Chris Herren, spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 800 people at the Natick High School Auditorium on Monday, January 29th.

Initial appropriation of funds to our Natick residents may include financial assistance or services to families after the loss of a loved one to overdose; financial support for those seeking treatment for addiction; and guest speaker series to educate parents and children on the risks of modern day substance use.

We are filled with hope, thanks to The Reddish Foundation, to have this opportunity to provide assistance to individuals and families affected by addiction. If you know someone that needs our help, please email us.

The Reddish Foundation released the following statement:

“After suffering the tragic loss of Michael Reddish Jr., September 18, 2017, following a courageous battle with addiction, The Reddish Foundation wishes to honor Michael’s memory by issuing a grant to SOAR Natick.  As a family, we have seen first-hand how difficult the battle is for addicts and their loved ones.  We know the energy, time and commitment it takes to try and defeat this horrible disease and we recognize the need and value of SOAR Natick on an even deeper level than we ever imagined.  Michael lost his battle with addiction, but his story does not end here.  His spirit will always shine brightly as we remember the pieces of him that so desperately wanted to live.  This grant will enable SOAR Natick to carry on with their mission to help families deal with the agony of a child ill with Substance Use Disorder, to raise awareness of addiction, reduce stigma, support recovery, and sponsor community outreach initiatives.  We have also requested that SOAR Natick use a portion of this Grant to support Natick families who have also suffered the tragic loss of a loved one to this devastating epidemic.”

SOAR Natick is honored to announce they have received a generous monetary gift, in the form of a grant, from The Reddish Foundation. The funds from this grant will be used in several ways to support SOAR’s goal of supporting outreach and addiction recovery.

Michael Reddish Jr.

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SOAR Natick was a co-sponsor of the Purple Flag Display at the First Congregational Church in downtown Natick on August 24th. Volunteers placed 1,874 flags ... more