The annual “Day of Hope 5K Run and Walk for Recovery” is set to begin Saturday at Huff Park to show support for the Cumberland Hope Community, better known as the Hope Center, with a day of entertainment for all ages.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with the 5K kicking off later in the evening.
Cumberland Hope Community Motivational Track Coordinator Jennifer Witt explained this is the sixth time the annual event has taken place.
“We celebrate recovery,” Witt said. “It’s a great way for the community to show their support, generate hope, reduce stigma and offer living proof that recovery is real.”
The Day of Hope this year will feature a variety of activities in addition to the 5K and guest speaker.
“We are going to have a DJ with live music,” Witt said. “We’re going to have games for the children as well as inflatables. We’re going to have raffles…we’re going to have a dance and fireworks this year. We’re just going to have a celebration and some fun.”
Anybody wanting to participate in the 5K run/walk can pre-register at the Cumberland Hope Community (Hope Center) or the Harlan Center. Folks can also register to participate in the 5K the day of the event.
“Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the actual race will be at 7 p.m. that night,” Witt said.
Witt pointed out the annual event began as part of National Recovery Month. The event has continued every year for the past six years.
Witt explained all the proceeds from the Day of Hope go to the Cumberland Hope Community.
“All the proceeds will help us continue our mission to strengthen the recovery community,” Witt said.
According to their website, the Cumberland Hope Community is located in Evarts and focuses on an intensive residential social recovery program. The website states the mission of Cumberland Hope Community is to provide hope to homeless women suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. The program is a peer-driven model with the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous being primary in the recovery process. Through education and an intense long-term recovery approach, the organization aids individuals in moving toward personal accountability and empowerment for re-entry into healthy relationships, employment and a sense of belonging in the community.
Witt said the Hope Center is a 108-bed facility. Patients can check in voluntarily through a court ordered program such as drug court.
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