Police and Fire Reports By Annette Christie Free recovery navigation center open 24 hours The mission of Voice. Change. Hope. is to be the community alliance to eliminate prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction from families in Southwest Michigan. Among its members you will find family members who have lost loved ones to addiction, family members who have witnessed loved ones recover, law enforcement, substance abuse specialists, counselors, and people that just generally want to make a difference and see an end to drug addiction. In 2015, Voice. Change. Hope. began to dream of a facility to bring hope to people and their loved ones suffering with substance use disorders, as the first step to understanding how to begin can be overwhelming. As modeled by two other engagement centers in Michigan, Carol’s Hope became that dream facility. Carol’s Hope is helping navigate people toward beginning, or to continue on, the path toward recovery. It is supported and operated by trained and caring peer support coaches who are able to understand and guide a person into their journey of recovery and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! The center has already been in operation since December 17, 2018 for limited hours. The service is at no cost and is supported by grants and donations. This accomplishment was met nearly one month early by the committed staff of Community Healing Center (CHC), the entity running the day to day operations. Walk-ins are encouraged at the center located at 4032 S. M-139 in St. Joseph, Michigan (corner of M-139/Niles Avenue in the Pater True Value complex). Questions can be in person or by phone at (269) 556-1527. Annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Service The annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Service, hosted by the FOP Blossomland Lodge #100 will honor 20 officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The event will be held at the Berrien County Law Enforcement Officer’s Monument at Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph. The time of the event is at noon on May 15, 2019. While 17 of the officers are listed on the monument, three other officers are noted during the ceremony as they are former long time members of the Berrien County community. The event is open to the public and they are encouraged to attend. North Berrien Fire Rescue Department Firefighters from the North Berrien Fire Rescue Department responded to a total of 22 calls during the month of April. Of those calls there were six in Coloma City, six in Coloma Township, and seven in Hagar Township. A fundraiser was held for former firefighter Ken Churchill. He is currently fighting cancer. The communities of Coloma and their neighbors raised $3,000 to assist with medical expenses.
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