NJ-based nonprofit HOPE Sheds Light brings awareness on heroin addiction through new video series.
TOMS RIVER – HOPE Sheds Light, a Toms River, NJ nonprofit organization that brings awareness on heroin addiction to support healthier families in the community, has launched a new Addiction Education video series, which is housed on HOPE Sheds Light’s YouTube channel. “Our joy and the purpose of this series is to tell everyone that recovery is real,” said Steve Willis, Co-founder of HOPE Sheds Light. “We have an answer, a solution that is filled with joy and based fundamentally on love and years of experience.”
The organization offers information, support and treatment options to those suffering from addiction and their families. “We understand addiction like few others do because most of us have felt this feeling before,” said Arvo Prima, Co-founder of HOPE Sheds Light. “This disease is too powerful for most of us to go at alone, but together we can help one another find serenity, and even happiness, regardless of the actions of the qualifier. HOPE Sheds Light shows us a new and different way of life and that’s the message that we want these videos to convey.”
The video series will be used as an educational tool for school-aged children, teachers, Board of Education staff, parents, community leaders and the medical field. “We want to provide awareness about the disease that has become an epidemic in our community so that our youngsters can make better decisions,” said Ron Rosetto, Co-founder of HOPE Sheds Light.
HOPE Sheds Light was started after the Rosetto family lost their son Marc to substance abuse and heroin experimentation in 2012. “Since the family and friends of those with addiction problems often feel isolated, ashamed, overwhelmed and hopeless, HOPE Sheds Light was created to provide direction, resources and hope toward recovery and a future free from drug addiction,” Rosetto said.
Addiction is a manageable disease if treated properly, but can also be chronic, progressive and fatal if left untreated, according to Willis. “This disease affects the entire family – the individual, parents, siblings and grandparents,” he added.
It’s living a “true nightmare”, according to Prima. “Everyone’s first thought is to cover-up, manage and dismiss the addict’s behavior,” he said. HOPE Sheds Light hopes to break this pattern through education and the willingness to change. “HOPE Sheds Light is helping one person at a time, one family at a time, step by step because we care,” Rosetto added.
Those interested in joining HOPE Sheds Light are encouraged to volunteer their time or join a committee. “We cannot achieve our goals without your help,” said Willis. “Please consider joining our organization and instilling hope to our community.” To learn more, email info@HOPEShedsLight.org.
HOPE Sheds Light has also announced it will hold its 2nd Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk on October 3rd in Seaside Heights, NJ. Learn more at HOPEShedsLight.org.
About HOPE Sheds Light
HOPE Sheds Light is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID: 46-3910504) founded by Ron Rosetto, Arvo Prima and Steve Willis with support from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Their mission is to educate families on the disease of addiction, including the most prevalent types related to heroin, opiates and prescription drugs, by creating awareness, providing resources and instilling hope to support a healthier community. To learn more, visit hopeshedslight.org or call 855.350.2790.