FLINT (WJRT) - (10/21/18) - Tackling the addiction epidemic is not easy to do.
Thanks to a grant a Flint nonprofit now has more programming to offer in solving this community problem.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint awarded The Serenity House of Flint $25,475.00 from the Clayton Stroup Fund and the Arthur Tuuri Health Fund.
The money will fund several programs for the organization for about year. That includes their mindfulness program, an adolescence recovery program and smart recovery program for science-minded people.
"The goal is to provide holistic healing for our community. It can be expensive so this is free," said founder and executive director Tara Moreno.
The grant also helps with the Holistic Healing Hour, a yoga class happening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each and every Friday night at the Stockton Center in Flint.
"Our yoga is a gentle yoga class where we create a safe space. A safe space where you can stretch your body," Moreno said. "[The] Recovery community is anybody who has suffered from addiction, who has a child in active addiction or in recovery, who has a spouse who is in active addiction or in recovery, anybody that has really lost anybody to an overdose."
Moreno ultimately wants to eradicate the stigma against that is sometimes associated with addiction.
"Our biggest barrier is shame. People don't want to talk about it and I really want to stress the shame is what makes us sick so if we can learn to talk about it and share our recovery stories that eases the burden, not only for that individual person but for the entire community."
Check out The Serenity House of Flint's website for details on the next Holistic Healing Hour happening Friday, October 26.