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SOARnatick.org

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

SOAR Natick: What We Do

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SOAR Natick. We listen. We support.

Bi-weekly meetings at the

Morse Institute Library

14 East Central Street, Natick

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Due to generous donations from members of the community, SOAR Natick has been able to sponsor a variety of events and activities:

Purple Flag Project In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2018, SOAR Natick and The Journey presented a purple flag display for 2 weeks at the First Congregational Church in Natick Center. Volunteers placed 1,874 purple flags on the lawn of the church to represent the number of Massachusetts residents who lost their life in 2017 from an overdose. 7 red flags represented the number of Natick residents who died from an overdose in 2017. The display then moved to Natick High School in a whole school assembly with the flags installed by the students.

Opioid Art Project Ten community members affected by the Opioid Crisis came together to participate in an art project. An audio recording accompanies each art piece. The exhibit opened in September 2018 at the Morse Institute Library and has scheduled showings throughout MetroWest.

Nick's Hike SOAR Natick was proud to sponsor the Bellomo family for Nick’s Hike. Over 150 community members and friends gathered to hike at the Rocky Woods Reservation in Medfield  to celebrate Nick’s love of hiking and spending time in nature.

Six Flags SOAR Natick sponsored 20 young men from a local recovery home to a day of fun at Six Flags in Springfield to celebrate their accomplishments.

Gilly's House SOAR Natick was pleased to contribute to the opening of a recovery home in Wrentham by donating a new washing machine to the house.

Natick Highschool As an alternative to attending the prom, SOAR Natick funded tickets and dinner for a group of Natick High School students to attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. The event was chaperoned by school staff.

Easter 'Giving Bags' SOAR Natick donated Easter Gift Bags to residents of a local recovery home. The bags included some personal hygiene items, a new towel, socks, a coffee mug, and a little Easter candy. The young men and woman were very grateful for these needed items.

Christmas 'Giving Bags' Holidays can be a very difficult time, especially for young adults separated from their families. Community members and organizations assisted by donating necessities for local individuals in early recovery. Gift bags were assembled by the SOAR Natick and delivered to local recovery homes.

Speakers

Chris Herren Mr. Herren spoke twice at Natick High School to over 800 community members. Chris, a former all-star NBA Boston Celtics player, shared his story of his long struggle with addiction and his ultimate path to recovery.

Ruth Potee In March 2018 Dr. Ruth Potee presented to middle and high school students and their parents.  The topic was “Addiction is a Pediatric Disease”.  She spoke about how understanding teen drain development can help reduce the risk for addiction in adulthood.

Cory Palazzi Cory, a local, young man in recovery from heroin addiction shared his story at Natick High School. This event was sponsored by SOAR Natick and funded by the Reddish Foundation.