It works to keep kids off of drugs.
A new organization has been formed in northern Frederick County which helps keep young people off drugs. "Project Hope Thurmont Maryland" has a goal of finding activities for young people so they don't consider using drugs or alcohol. "Right now, in our area there's nothing for these kids to do. And we're going to have different things for the kids to do, whole different activities. And eventually, our goal would be to have a rec center for them in our area," says Jacque Burrier, President of "Project Hope Thurmont Maryland."
Another goal of this organization is to educate parents as well as kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use among young people. "Everybody needs to be educated. If these kids are on drugs, and these parents and grandparents don't know what to look for, they can't help them," she says.
Burrier says she and her son helped form "Project Hope Thurmont Maryland" after seeing so many young people dying from drug and alcohol-related problems. In a news release, she says her son is 19, and 9 of his fellow students at Catoctin High School have died from drug use.
In spite of its name, Burrier says this organization is for all areas of northern Frederick County, including Emmitsburg.
One of the other tasks of "Project Hope Thurmont Maryland" is to get young people who need help with addictions into treatment. "If we have someone who comes that has an addiction, and they want to get off, we're pointing them in the right direction to go to the right resources. So far, we've gotten one into rehab and off of drugs," she says.
In addition, Burrier encourages people to contact her if they're having drug or alcohol problems, even if their families have no health insurance. "A lot of people don't release is there are places that will help if they don't have insurance. The one guy we got in two weeks ago didn't have insurance. They called on a Saturday night; we had him in rehab on Wednesday," she says.
A contact e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Project Hope Thurmont Maryland" is holding an open house on Friday, August 1st from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM at the Guardian Hose Company in Thurmont.