By JENNIFER STOREY, Community Family Services, PLEAD Outreach Manager

Community Family Services sponsored and hosted National Night Out Against Crime on August 6, 2019. The event was a huge hit, with bouncy houses, food, a DJ and several departments providing activities and information. Community Family Services also gave away many large medication lock boxes, and sponsored Tacoma Needle Exchange by giving Narcan training and giving out free Narcan to trainees. Community Family Services is honored to be able to put on an event for the Tribal community where families can have a safe place to have fun and bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement. Community Family Services would also like to take the opportunity to thank every department that participated in this event. National Night Out was a success because the community came together to make it so.

Community Family Services’ next endeavor will be National Recovery Month, which is the month of September. The purpose of National Recovery Month is to educate the community and demonstrate that there is hope for those struggling with Substance Use Disorder. The goal is to reduce the stigma that the general public has regarding addiction and the fate of those struggling with addiction. Substance Use Disorder is not a death sentence, and recovery is possible. To celebrate, Community Family Services will be throwing a Recovery Picnic on Saturday, September 21 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Portland Avenue Park. There will be food, games and a speaker for
the community to enjoy. Come join us and celebrate the gift of recovery in our community, as well as the lives that have been changed by overcoming Substance Use Disorder.