5/8/21: The Carteret County EYFP “Set Me Free” Community Event was held on Saturday, May 8, 2021. It was a great success with different Carteret organizations partnering together to make a fun and informative event for the community.
Families of EYFP, different community partners, and other people within the Carteret community attended the first in-person event held since quarantine was lifted. The event was done in partnership with CStone Church using their building.
The night started with everyone enjoying a meal outside on the back lawn, before returning inside to hear testimony from people in recovery who had dealt with substance misuse in the past and now worked to help others struggling with addiction. Carteret EYFP Program Assistant, Lee Stiles, said in his speech that “addiction affects all of us. One death due to opioid overdose is one too many. We all need to band together, stand up, and fight against this problem that is plaguing our community!”
The Sheriff of Carteret County, Asa Buck, also spoke and an officer gave a demonstration with Narcan, a tool used to save those suffering from an overdose. After the EYFP half of the event concluded, CStone church performed a skit and had their choir sing songs.
It was really encouraging to have an in-person event after a year of mostly virtual programming for EYFP.