“Tree Of Hope” dedication ceremony set for December 18th

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., and PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) invite the community to help decorate the annual Tree of Hope, which will stand in the first-floor lobby of the Bucks County Courthouse throughout the holiday season.

“Holidays can be difficult for individuals and families affected by addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The solemnity and celebration of this event is intended to encourage those who are impacted by this terrible disease,” said Bev Haberle, executive director of The Council. “It also raises community awareness about the tremendous need for services and the miracle of recovery.”

The Tree of Hope celebrates freedom from addiction, honoring persons who are successfully achieving recovery. It dedicates rays of hope to those still struggling with addiction and to those working in the field, and it commemorates lives lost to this tragic and misunderstood disease. The tree is decorated with personalized ornaments bearing the names or initials of people who have directly or indirectly experienced addiction to drugs or alcohol, the tree represents hope for recovery.

“Every year, this event has grown. Last year, 330 donated ornaments sparkled on the tree,” said Bev. “With this event, people come together in recognition that recovery benefits the entire community.”

This year, the dedication ceremony is set for Wednesday, December 18th, at 6:30pm at the courthouse, 55 Court Street in Doylestown. During the ceremony, The Council will bestow the Tom Nelson Volunteer of the Year Award and name a special Ambassador for Recovery. The program will also include music by the a cappella group Cordus Mundi, personal testimonials and light refreshments.

Ornaments can be purchased in advance online or by mail. To purchase online, visit www.councilsepa.org and follow the Tree of Hope link on the home page. Ornaments start at $10, and purchases are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To purchase an ornament by mail, send a donation and dedication to Tree of Hope, 252 Swamp Road, Suite 12, Doylestown, PA 18901. For information, call Noni West at 215-345-6644.

Some ornaments will also be available for purchase the evening of the dedication. Proceeds benefit PRO-ACT’s recovery support services for individuals and families and to programs in PRO-ACT’s Recovery Community Centers, which help people access or sustain long-term recovery.

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Fatherhood: The Foundation of Strength Program to be offered in Bucks County

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. (“The Council”), in collaboration with Central Bucks Family YMCA, is offering a program to fathers beginning Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. In recent years the role of fatherhood has evolved from what was considered the “norm” in the 1950s. Today, we are looking at the “new normal” of parenting, a healthy balance of work, life and family. Fatherhood, whether the father is single, married, divorced, widowed, part of a blended family, a new father or starting later in life, comes with many responsibilities and privileges and plays a critical role in the development of children. Research has shown that fathers presence can foster healthy physcial, emotional and social development in children. When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, their children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. To assit fathers to achieve the healthy balance of work, life and family, and through a grant from Foundations Community Partnership, The Council will provide a free program to father’s in Bucks County.

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