The Kaitlin Murphy Foundation (KMF) is continuing to support David’s New Day (DND), a fellow Bucks County addiction-fighting nonprofit organization, with a $2,500 grant for their Fresh Start Initiative Project.
The funds will be used to create Fresh Start Initiative Bags.
The bags, which contain toiletry items such as soap, toothbrushes, and towels, will be distributed among three Bucks County recovery homes to people who are leaving a residential addiction treatment programs and entering a residential recovery home.
“We are proud to continue our support of David’s New Day and the Fresh Start Initiative,” said KMF President Annemarie Murphy. “Providing folks with toiletry bags when they’re leaving a treatment facility and entering a sober home gives them a literal and a figurative fresh start on their road to long-term recovery.”
“After leaving treatment, so many people do not have the basic necessities needed to start anew,” said Julie Smith, David’s New Day president. “We continually help people gain access to recovery homes by paying for their first two weeks of rent. I can’t tell you the number of times I was contacted after they entered asking where they can find a toothbrush, deodorant, etc. I would then run to the store on an as needed basis and bring them what they needed. It then clicked that we need to make this part of our mission…to close that gap and give people everything they need to make a fresh start.”
Both KMF and DND were formed by family members who have lost a sibling/child to the opioid epidemic.
DND was started in early 2014 in memory of David Ramsey, a kind, fun-loving father, brother, and son who was taken way too soon.
David lost his fight with addiction on March 8th, 2013.
KMF was founded in June 2017 in memory of Kaitlin Murphy, a beautiful and cheerful 23-year-old with a bright future ahead her, who lost her battle with addiction on May 18th, 2012.