3720 Elizabeth Lake Rd. Waterford, MI 48328
Hello and Welcome!
Bryan’s HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention Education) is a nonprofit organization founded by a concerned group of citizens. We have chosen to come together to try and provide much needed awareness and education about the danger of prescription drug abuse in the battle against Opiate and Heroin Addiction. We have applied for our 501(c)(3) Tax-exempt status and have every reason to believe we will receive it. However, the IRS is taking about 6 months on an average to return this document once it has been applied for. Our funding will be provided by private and business donations and through fundraising for now. Ultimately we will be applying and writing for grants to sustain a strong presence in the community. All funds received will be used to cover start-up and maintenance costs, professional fees, educational materials, advertising, printing, program presentation materials and expenses, marketing items and any other fees associated with continuing the efforts of the group.
In November of 2013, a group of local citizens that share the same concern as myself agreed to join forces to battle the Heroin Epidemic we are currently experiencing. None of us are professionals at this, but it doesn’t take a college degree to realize we have a deadly problem that is ravaging our community, destroying families and claiming lives of really good people. It is not OK! Those of us that see and feel the grips of this horrible drug (and there are many), demand more ACTION be taken. We will be Silent NO More!!
Bryan’s HOPE is eager to be part of the solution that reduces and/or eliminates the heroin epidemic, but that is not enough. We need ALL aspects of our community and society to recognize and provide awareness, education and support services–not just parents but Schools, Community Function groups, Churches, Employers, Politicians, Police, Community and State Mental Health authorities, Local Government, State Government and Federal Government, just to mention a few.
The “secret” lives of those addicted to heroin are NOT so much a secret any more. Everybody knows somebody who is using it, struggling to recover from it or has died from it. One of our main goals is to destigmatize the perception of today’s Drug Addict. I shared my story in hopes others would share theirs. You can’t fight what you can’t see. Breaking the silence of the shame that is associated with addiction must change. Keeping quiet is NO longer an option; this only feeds the addiction. Too often we find this subject to be taboo or forbidden from discussion. If you are an addict, you will go to great lengths to keep it a secret. If you are a family member or loved one of an addict, usually, we hide it. This mentality or way of thinking is adding to the problem. Don’t be afraid to speak up! You’ll be glad you did. There is power in numbers.
Bryan’s HOPE will be hosting monthly Community Action Meetings on the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Waterford Police Station Training Room at 6pm. There is NO charge to attend. (No drugs or weapons allowed.) Attempts are being made to provide informed, educated and supportive resource services and information at each of these meetings. We are not exclusive to Waterford residents only. We are proud that our meetings have attendees from many cities, townships, and villages in Oakland County. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in the many opportunities necessary to end the heroin addiction in our community. Many hands make light work. Never doubt that a small group of people can make a change. If nothing changes, nothing changes. We would appreciate any support that you can be. Thank you for checking us out!
Jeannie Richards – President and Founder
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History of Bryan’s HOPE in letter from the president click here
To report any drug activity in Waterford, MI please call the Police Tip Line at 248-672-COPS (2677)
Call 248-858-1710 Oakland County Sheriff Narcotics Enforcement Team