9/12/19: In March 2019, Yancey County EYFP joined in with about 9 other agencies to create and plan a three-day community event called the “MY Community Cares Summit”. The goal was to bring awareness to our county about trauma-informed care. After months of recruiting, planning, delegating, cooperating, and organizing, the event finally came to life on September 12-14.
Thursday: We had around 100 people at the film screening of Tonier Cain-Muldrow’s “Healing Neen” and Q&A at Mountain Heritage High School on Thursday evening. Many who attended this screening were family members of loved ones who are struggling with substance misuse.
Friday: We had over 300 people attend the professional development and training on using the R.I.C.H. Approach with Tonier Cain-Muldrow at the Burnsville Town Center. Several agencies even shut down their offices so that employees could attend the training! We had representatives from Yancey Sheriff’s Department, Yancey Schools, juvenile justice and court employees, healthcare and behavioral health providers, faith community representatives, and many people from local nonprofits and agencies.
Saturday: We hosted a Recovery Celebration on Burnsville’s Town Square. District Attorney Seth Banks and Chief District Judge Ted McEntire opened up the celebration, welcoming everyone, and talking about their beliefs that recovery is possible and is happening. We had several local individuals who told their stories of their personal experiences with substance use, or what it was like living in a family with substance use.
It was incredible to see how many different agencies took part in this event. Hopefully the momentum continues, and prevention and recovery programs continue to gain recognition in our communities.