A warm, sunny Saturday in early autumn. . . lush green surroundings. . . healthy, invigorating exercise. . . a great barbecue lunch. . . upbeat live music. . . an exciting raffle. . . Sometimes everything comes together to make the perfect event, and that’s what happened on Saturday, September 14, as Phoenix House Western Massachusetts inaugurated Phoenix House Runs and Walks—For the Health of It! In a fundraiser that is sure to become an annual tradition, Phoenix House staff, clients, families, friends, kids, and dogs gathered in Springfield’s beautiful Forest Park to show their support for Phoenix House’s work to provide substance abuse treatment, education, and prevention in the Pioneer Valley region.
Choosing between a 5K run and a 3K walk, participants hit the trails of Forest Park and returned ready for hot dogs and hamburgers hot off the grill, with ingredients generously donated by Thurston Foods and AC’s Main Street Market. Many of the walkers and runners were sponsored by friends and family members, increasing support for Phoenix House.
The music, performed by local recovery band T.I.M.E inside the Futurliner, an antique bus donated for the occasion by Peter Pan Bus Lines, even drew some local residents who happened to be enjoying the park that day. The increased visibility for Phoenix House and awareness of services offered will no doubt prove beneficial for all.
At the end of the day, as tired volunteers, walkers, and runners cleaned up the site and headed for home, the sentiment expressed was unanimous: “We can’t wait to do this again next year!”
Phoenix House Western Massachusetts provides a wide range of treatment services for adults and adolescents with substance use disorders. Phoenix House Arbor House, located in Holyoke, offers stabilization and crisis management for men and women who have completed detoxification and are awaiting placement in a residential facility. In Springfield, the Phoenix House Residential Program provides comprehensive rehabilitation for adults, while Phoenix House Academy adds academic tutoring to its residential treatment program for adolescents. Teens and adults whose addiction problems do not warrant residential care find skilled and understanding counseling at Phoenix House Outpatient Services.
If someone you love is struggling with and alcohol or drug problem, call Phoenix House at 1 888 671 9392 today. Someone is always there to help, any time of night or day.