The COVID-19 pandemic is proving that we are only as strong as the most vulnerable among us—and now more than ever, they need all the support they can get. That includes an often-invisible subset: those in the addiction recovery community who are susceptible to relapse and often have compromised immune systems.
In an effort to be an advocate for those in recovery, the Sandgaard Foundation has recently worked with nonprofits centered around recovery to help ease the recovery process. We wanted to keep you up to speed on our work and to hear about how you are responding.
Opioid Crisis Response Fund
The Sandgaard Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Opioid Crisis Response Fund (OCRF) to help save as many lives as possible. OCRF is an organization that helps those suffering from addiction through targeted naloxone distribution, a drug designed to rapidly reverse an overdose. As of Feb. 29, funding for this distribution has led to 1,619 overdose deaths prevented. That’s more than three lives-saved per day, at a cost of $99.29 per life-saved.
Foundation for Recovery
The Sandgaard Foundation has donated 400 meals to Foundation for Recovery homes. We worked in partnership with nationally recognized activist, author, and founder of the Voices Project: Ryan Hampton. Foundation for Recovery is a Las Vegas-based nonprofit with a mission to promote the positive impact of recovery and enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by addiction.
Though the 400 meals help to support those in recovery, this does not begin to cover the full need for those in recovery. If you are interested in donating meals to Foundation for Recovery, you can find more information here.
The Sandgaard Foundation has donated a $25,000 grant to Mobilize Recovery— an annual conference to learn innovative strategies and tactics for grassroots organizing of recovery programs. Mobilize Recovery is scheduled to meet on August 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada and applications to participate close Friday, May 22, 2020.
Each of these programs and foundations serve the same mission as the Sandgaard Foundation—to save lives from the opioid epidemic, help people escape the cycle of relapse and support victims and their families.