by Michelle Omowaiye
Rams in Recovery, started by my friend Tom Bannard, is a collegiate group of students in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) located at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Just recently, Governor Ralph Northam announced that $675,000 in federal grant money will go towards expanding collegiate recovery programs at eight universities in Virginia.
Rams in Recovery offers space for recovery meetings, organize events and trips, offer recovery housing and scholarships and this group is doing a service project with the goal of creating care bags for the men at The Healing Place.
The Healing Place is part of Caritas, a nonprofit that helps men (and soon women, too) find and stay in recovery fro SUD. It’s a year long program and one of the best treatment models in the country.
Rams in Recovery is looking for any bags (drawstring backpacks, tote bags, etc) that you would be willing to donate. They will use these bags to hold toiletry items that will be donated to the men at the Healing Place program.
The wish list of items is also posted on Amazon. So you can drop off donations or Amazon them to the door at Michelle Omowaiye, 819 South Cathedral Street, Richmond VA, 23220.
The flyer and the amazon list details what they plan to put in the bags for the men at the Healing Place. If you don’t have anything to donate, connecting them with someone who may have items would also be really helpful.
I have Michelle’s email on this post so if you comment on this post, she will see it and can answer questions. Thank you!