January 26, 2023

IRCF Awards Substance Awareness Center $25,000

Jeff Pickering, Carrie Maynard-Lester, & Irene Cauwels

The Substance Awareness Center of IRC (SAC) works to reduce the impact of substance misuse and behavioral health disorders in Indian River County, through prevention, education, treatment and recovery support. Recently, Indian River Community Foundation awarded SAC $25,000 from the Community Enrichment Fund to support the Peer Outreach and Recovery Support program. By providing recovery support services across the continuum of care, SAC can support resiliency, open doors to service access and engagement, and support long-term recovery. Approximately 71 individuals will be served with the use of these grant funds.

The Peer Support program employs peer support specialists who have completed a 40-hour training and are certified or working towards certification as recovery support specialists. These peers provide and connect persons to services that will help save lives and mitigate the devastating impact of substance use disorder for individuals, families, and our community. Only 10% of the population of persons with substances use disorder ever access the treatment they need for that disorder. Their peers work in the community through collaborations to help reach the vulnerable population in need of services. They are on site at IRC Jail, The Source, the Behavioral Health Center, Camp Haven, and Untied Against Poverty, to provide outreach, services, education, and engagement.

Indian River Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking is aligned with a vision of a more healthy, prosperous, and generous Indian River County community. Grantmaking priorities are informed by the findings of the most recent community needs assessment and the most current data and information collected on Indian River Indicators. Grants from the Community Enrichment Fund are reviewed by a Grants Committee comprised of volunteers Suzanne Bertman, Pat Brier, Toni Hamner, Dale Jacobs, Wanda Lincoln, Dawn Michael, Angelia Perry, and Jennifer Watson.

IRCF is holding informational sessions for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations serving Indian River County who are interested in applying for a competitive grant. If interested, please call 772.492.1407 or email Brooke Sauserman to reserve your spot. Please read our Guidelines before registering.

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