TOMS RIVER – The community came out in support of local nonprofit HOPE Sheds Light during a ribbon cutting for its new Hope Recovery Center located at 253 Chestnut Street, Toms River.
HOPE Sheds Light, whose mission is to educate families on the disease of addiction, received an OceanFirst Foundation grant for $10,000 during the ceremony.
“This organization does so much great work for the township of Toms River and the surrounding area,” said Toms River Councilwoman Laurie Huryk. “The families of those suffering from addiction need so much support. [HOPE Sheds Light] is just really expanding and I am so proud of you guys and grateful that I am allowed to be part of it.”
The new center will be led and governed by representatives of the local recovery community.
“HOPE Sheds Light will be a hub for community members to access peer-based recovery support services, community education and outreach programs, academic and vocational training, family strengthening and reunification programs, trauma-informed support services, family support groups, social/recreational outings, wellness workshops and physical activities for the whole family,” said Pamela Capaci, CEO of HOPE Sheds Light. “We are also pleased to announce that we will be expanding our focus to include youth impacted by the opioid epidemic.”
HOPE Sheds Light was created in 2012 after co-founder Ron Rosetto lost his son Marc to a battle against substance abuse. Today, HOPE Sheds Light serves the community with support and resources available to those affected by addiction and their families.
“We are individuals and family members who are in recovery and we will tell you about it,” said Stephen Willis, Co-founder of HOPE Sheds Light. “There is transformative power here. The Hope Recovery Center as a national model and there is absolutely no reason, with God’s grace, that it won’t happen. It needs to happen and it’s happening.”
For more information, visit HOPEShedsLight.org.