We hear it every day: another casualty from the opioid epidemic that’s sweeping the nation. If that isn’t bad enough, Ohio leads the nation in overdose deaths. Unfortunately, it seems each of us knows someone who has been lost to a drug overdose. And this loss, whether it’s a family member, friend, neighbor or even a mere acquaintance, is a hallowing example of this crisis hitting home.
But how do we stop it? The simple answer is that no one person or organization can do it alone. Building a resilient community relies on multiple organizations and multiple partnerships that make Cleveland safer and stronger. It’s the strength in numbers that will help us successfully battle the opioid epidemic. This is just what the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Foundation aim to do, along with many others who are committed to social change in our communities.
The YMCA believes that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward. Since 1854, the Y has responded to society’s most pressing needs by developing innovative, community based solutions and uniting people from all walks of life to participate and work for positive social change. It’s from this very spirit that the Y-Haven program was born. Y-Haven, created by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, is the city’s largest recovery housing program, providing homeless men with transitional housing, recovery and vocational services, permanent housing placement and so much more. For the past 26 years, many men in Y-Haven have successfully learned the tools and skills to lead stable, successful and drug-free lives.
But while Y-Haven is a critical part to solving the opioid epidemic, it’s just one of many pieces. We invite you to join us and discuss what steps are needed to begin to solve this crisis as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Common Ground Initiative on July 30, 2017. In partnership with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland is proud to host the following Common Ground conversation:
Common Ground: Solving the Opioid Crisis at the Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA
Hosted by: The CMHA and YMCA of Greater Cleveland
Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA: 1301 E. 9th St., Cleveland, OH 44114
Register today, we’re looking forward to seeing you and starting the conversation on combating the opioid crisis in our community!