HOPE Sheds Light To Host “A Day of HOPE”

Photo courtesy Hope Center

TOMS RIVER – HOPE Sheds Light will celebrate their new butterfly garden at A Day of HOPE  on May 12, 2018 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at 253 Chestnut Street in Toms River.

This event is a family-friendly way to celebrate recovery and wellness with the Toms River-based non-profit organization. There will be vendors, giveaways, kids’ activities, wellness sessions, speakers and special guests. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

This groundbreaking butterfly garden will be a place to reflect, where one can find peace, beauty and solitude. The garden will be full of plants that are meant to attract butterflies, which will act as a symbol of transformation.

“Anchored by our mission to raise awareness and educate families on the disease that has plagued so many, this butterfly garden will help us embrace addiction so that our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters no longer have to hide in the shadows,” said Stephen Willis, Co-founder of HOPE Sheds Light. “They can instead have the courage to change through a community that truly cares enough to share their personal experiences in order to offer strength, wisdom, hope and resources that lead to positive community change and long-term recovery.”

HOPE Sheds Light was founded by three men who have personally felt the loss associated with addiction. The organizations founders and volunteers work to support families suffering from the epidemic of substance abuse.

“Since the families and friends of those with addiction problems often feel isolated, ashamed, overwhelmed and hopeless, HOPE Sheds Light was created to provide direction, resources and hope toward recovery,” said Ron Rosetto, Co-founder of HOPE Sheds Light. “We are passionate about helping anyone in need, and we have created this organization to provide those individuals with the resources they need to find hope for a future free from addiction.”

If you attend the opening of the butterfly garden, you will also have the opportunity to pre-register for the 5th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk to be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 9 a.m. on the Hiering Avenue beach in Seaside Heights.

Registration is also available at HOPEshedslight.org/walk.

“This is a celebration of recovery,” said Arvo Prima, Co-founder of HOPE Sheds Light. “We’re always hearing about the negatives of the disease. But by bringing hope and education to the community, we support each other and those affected. Through our new butterfly garden and our upcoming Celebration of HOPE Walk, we will show the community that recovery is possible.”

For more information about HOPE Sheds Light, visit HOPEShedsLight.org, email info@HOPEShedsLight.org or call 732-244-0783.

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