Rosecrance staff, alumni and family members gathered June 7 to celebrate those currently in recovery from substance use disorders and honor those who have passed away from the disease of addiction.
An intimate ceremony was held at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus, where newly installed commemorative bricks were on display. Those who chose to have a brick installed in the patio area were able to view their personalized message engraved in the pavers.
Several staff spoke at the event as well as Morgan H., an alumni member who briefly shared her story:
“I’m so grateful for the opportunities that Rosecrance provided me for my recovery journey. At Rosecrance I developed self-awareness, and it provided me with the environment to become a functioning, self-sufficient member of society.”
Rosecrance, Inc. President Dave Gomel welcomed the crowd to the event and shared about the purpose of the bricks:
“By the time a person walks through these doors, they have already lived a lifetime of pain and suffering, so instead of focusing on a lifelong struggle without drugs, we present and offer a lifetime of hope and recovery,” said Gomel.
“We focus on the little touches, such as the hopeful messages engraved into these bricks, donated by generous folks like you. Touches that will help nudge a person along during a challenging day. Touches that allow people to know that they are not alone; there are people who are rooting for them, that in recovery – an entire new world is waiting for them to experience.”