Odyssey House – 5K Run Celebrating Recovery Month
September 15, 2018
VIP Community Services was one of the sponsors for the Odyssey House 13th Annual Run for Your Life Event on Saturday, 15, 2018, which had a Recovery Walk and 5K run. VIP participated in this fantastic day, where the community and enjoyed activities for children and adults. There was face painting, arts and crafts, Zumba, healthy food and snacks, and plenty of water. There was a silent auction with amazing items. The music was great along with fun games to play for all ages. It was great to see the various ages of children play with each other and support one another.
Participants of the Recovery Walk and 5K race received medals, which was awesome. The winners of the 5K also received Trophies. People encouraged others throughout the events, including Zumba. As we know, recovery for an individual includes family, and this event showed how important the family and community is to each other. Thank you Odyssey House on another successful event for our communities.
Celebrating Recovery Month – Candlelight – September 19, 2018
September 19, 2018
Our Board Chair Amanda Parsons and CEO Debbian-Fletcher Blake led the clients at our residential treatment sites through open discussion about addiction and the effects. Our Board Chair spoke of the importance of recovery and working through the barriers and challenges. Candles were lit in remembrance of those afflicted by the disease around the world.
The Candlelight Vigil took place in the evening with great participation. This event takes place every year during Recovery Month. We remember those we have lost to addiction.
Hope on the Hudson Fundraiser
September 12, 2018
Our annual Hope on the Hudson fundraiser was held aboard the S.S. Hudson on September 12, and it was a huge success! The amazing crowd enjoyed a festive evening cruising the Hudson River while taking in spectacular sights of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Most importantly, the event’s attendees heard first-hand how critical our work is. A wealth of testimonials were offered by our past clients, all of whom greatly benefitted from receiving the excellent level of care we continue to provide to those that need it most.
We also heard from our two award winners, Rachel Kohler of NowPow and Irene Kaufmann of the Bronx Partnership for Healthy Communities:
“When I saw the new building that VIP is putting up, I said ‘That is an organization that’s going places, that is an organization I want to support.'” – Rachel Kohler, Honoree and CEO of NowPow
“We build community by inviting each other to sit, and plan, and make decisions together; to set goals and agree on targets.” – Irene Kaufmann, Recipient of the VIP Community Builder Award and Executive Director of the Bronx Partnership for Healthy Communities
All proceeds from the fundraiser will further our mission: to offer integrated medical, behavioral health, housing, and wrap-around services to improve the health and well-being of residents of the Bronx and surrounding communities.