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A resource fair to be held Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. in Felts Park, will bring all the community resources together to help in times of need, said Mike Edwards, organizer of Recovery Fest.
Edwards said Recovery Fest is an opportunity to build the community — mind, body and spirit.
The fair combines resources such as housing opportunities, financial assistance and self-help. “The mutually beneficial alliance of our community members will not only empower the individuals, but also empower businesses and organizations,” said Edwards. “It’s a recovery of the community. There’s a lot of drugs in our area, and it’s important that we help each other and help people get back on their feet.”
Participants will include food banks, clothing banks, financial counseling and about 75 other organizations.
“It’s a chance to learn what your community can offer you and what you can offer your community,” said Edwards.
Edwards, who operates SOBER House — a recovery home for those suffering from addiction — said this resource fair is about rebuilding the community.
“We need to do what we can to build the community up and make it strong again,” he said.
The purpose of SOBER House is to get individuals suffering from addiction to become productive members of society, and Saturday’s fair can help anyone going through difficult times connect with the right resources, said Edwards.
This is the first Recovery Fest, but Edwards is hoping to make it an annual event.
Mental health organizations will include community counseling boards, private free services and Christian counseling. Services related to improving health include community wellness centers, masseuses and chiropractors.
“In addition to community, mind and body, the spiritual aspect incorporates churches throughout Southwest Virginia,” said Edwards. “Through the combined efforts of those congregations, their professional and spiritual lives will come together — for the whole of our communities — to rebuild hope for jobs, replace dignity in our workplace, as well as in our communities and our schools.
“Through faith, love and understanding, many of these churches have programs that are little known to their surrounding populations.”
In addition to hosting organizations, the festival will include speakers such as Mark Lawson, on the disease of addiction, at 1 p.m.; world evangelist Angel Perez, who will speak at 5 p.m.; speakers from Life Center of Galax and other faith-based organizations.
Music will be provided by Highway 52, One Voice, Highway South and more, starting at 3 p.m. Food and games will be provided.
The event is sponsored by SOBER Christian Fellowship Home, Cornerstone Community Church, First Baptist Church of Galax, Rainbow Creations, Twin County Computer and Occupational Enterprises and AmeriCore Volunteers.
For more information, call 237-6889.