Tree of Hope Coffee House Supports Cumberland County Addiction Recovery

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MILLVILLE, N.J. - What began as separate programs aimed at raising funds and awareness has become a unique event in support of addiction recovery.

On Friday, December 2nd starting at 6 p.m., several different music groups will be performing at this year's new Tree of Hope Coffee House. All are local to Cumberland County and include Silent Culture, Jeff Lang, Hendricks House Recovery Group, Ryan Carr, and Jim Dallet who will also be giving his personal testimony on addiction recovery. The goal of this free program is not only to support recovery but raise funds for recovery support services, such as training for addiction recovery advocates.

"All our government officials, running from our Congressman down to our local officials are supporting our endeavor to bring recovery advocates to Cumberland County in order to help people in addiction recovery and have successful lives through access to treatment,” said Darla Deleon, a recovery advocate working with Recovery Unplugged.

Various members of the local government, such as Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McCrae and Chief Freeholder Joseph Derella, will also be speaking about the need for recovery programs in the local area, but also on programs already available and what they hope to achieve with support from fundraising and awareness events like this one.

The annual Tree of Hope program has been held for the past three years as a time to celebrate freedom from addiction, support those currently in recovery, and remember those who lost their lives. This intimate program typically entailed a speaker sharing their story followed by some music, but this year in partnership with Recovery Unplugged, a music-based recovery program, and support from Cumberland County officials this year's event promises to be one to remember.

The program is brought together in support from Recovery Unplugged, Behavioral Crossroads, Inspira Health Network, Cumberland County Human Relations Coalition, Recovery Centers of America, and various individuals from the community. The organizers of the event are also especially grateful for the Cumberland County Community Church in Millville for hosting the event.

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