Community members, staff, and individuals in FHR’s care joined together the morning of Saturday, May 12, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for FHR’s first ever charity walk to raise funds for its Peer Recovery Services programming.
Taking place during Mental Health Awareness Month, the event was also an opportunity to increase understanding, educate the public, and show support for the many people impacted by mental health who are working to improve their lives.
The 4.6-mile walk/run, which began at Fort Tabor and stretched along the Harbor Walk, kicked off with an opening ceremony, including words from FHR Director of Peer Recovery Services, Northeast, Robert Ortiz, and Representative Antonio Cabral.
$3,500 was raised, benefiting FHR’s Community Peer Connections program. Through this program, FHR matches a volunteer with an individual in the community seeking support and companionship. Volunteers spend at least one hour a week with their ‘match’ pursuing activities they both in enjoy. Community Peer Connections has provided friendship, reduced isolation, and improved overall health for many in the New Bedford and Fall River communities.
Due to the great success of this event, a second annual Walk In My Shoes is scheduled to take place May 2019.
A special thank you to the following sponsors for making this walk possible: Lead Sponsor, WJFD 97.3 FM; Gold Sponsor, Boston Medical Center Health Net Plan; Silver Sponsor, NAMI; Bronze Sponsors, La Bella Vida, and Active Day.
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