Strides help halfway houses succeed

A Walk for Recovery scheduled for September marks a significant step in assisting people coping with drug and alcohol addiction.

Funds raised through the Hope for Today Foundation’s second annual 5-mile walk, scheduled for 6 a.m. on Sept. 29, go to a pair of halfway houses in West Bay, which offer a home and support for people in recovery.

“I am happy to see changes taking place at the homes. So far, 10 to 12 successful candidates have found full-time work, while others are continuing to attend weekly (support) meetings,” said Brent Hydes, operations manager at the foundation’s halfway housing campus.

He added that residents at the halfway homes experience a sense of security, as well as benefits to their social and spiritual life.

The halfway house program was established to put a dent in crime and to provide an opportunity to those in recovery to become productive members of the community.

The rented homes in West Bay can accommodate up to 15 men and women, housed in two separate residences. At the moment, seven men and three women reside in the homes, Mr. Hydes said.

Walk details

Tickets are $25, and a free T-shirt will be given to the first 75 people to register.

There will also be a chance to win prizes, which include trophies for first, second and third place, a weekend stay at the Westin, a LIME cell phone and two airline tickets to Cayman Brac.

The walk starts at Seven Mile Public Beach and winds through West Bay before ending back at the public beach.

Building on the success of the first Walk for Recovery, Mr. Hydes pointed out that this year’s event, in addition to assisting the halfway house program, “is also a good opportunity for the community to have a good morning exercise, partake in fellowship and learn more about the Hope foundation.”

“At the Hope Foundation, we are continuing to reach out that those in the community that are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction that they may become productive members of the community,” Mr. Hydes said.

The foundation also expressed its thanks to Coldwell Banker Cayman Islands Realty, Cayman Airways, Westin Casuarina, Quick Images, LIME, Cayman Screen Print, Progressive distributors, Reflections and all individuals who continue to make the halfway program a success.

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