The Rahway Prevention Coalition is beyond proud of the Society of Game Changers and Influencers based out of Rahway’s 7th and 8th Grade Academy, for conceptualizing the Community Mural Project. Students brainstormed with our local artist, Jeff Drylewicz, who is an art teacher for Grover Cleveland Elementary School, to design the mural. The mural was placed on the train station plaza every Thursday evening in the month of June for community members to join in on the painting process! The unveiling occurred before the Kick-Off of the Summer Concert Series and during National Night Out, where the community had the opportunity to meet our first responders. The community mural can be seen displayed outside of the Rahway Arts District Park on the corner of Irving Street and Central Avenue.
The Rahway Prevention Coalition submitted recovery poems on behalf of our coalition member, Catherine Goodheart, to the HOPE Initiative Contest. She was chosen to be a guest speaker at the event listed below. They had over 30 entries and they are inviting the top 15 to participate in reading their submissions on June 7th at Kelsey Theater, in West Windsor. The Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey Division and the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in conjunction with the treatment facilities Integrity House, New Hope, and Seabrook House would like to invite you to attend a night celebrating HOPE: Chronicles of Addiction and Recovery.
This exhibition was open to New Jersey residents with the purpose of shedding light on the issue of prescription opioid and heroin addiction. By sharing their stories of recovery the writers are helping to inspire others who are battling addiction by highlighting their success stories and that there is always HOPE.
Year Two Launch
The City of Rahway was selected to receive the highly competitive Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2014. This is a Federal program that provides funding to community-based coalitions organized to prevent youth substance use. The philosophy behind the DFC Program is that local drug problems require local solutions. Recent evaluation data indicates that where DFC dollars are invested, youth substance use is reduced. Our year two launch explored new data received through a local survey and the steps being taken with this information in mind. This event highlighted successes and year two’s goals and aspirations.