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2016 Tree of Hope Designee Announced

The Raymond J. Lesniak Experience Strength and Hope Recovery High School Recipient

Wellspring Center for Prevention is pleased to announce that it will celebrate the 2016 National Recovery Month by dedicating its “Tree of Hope” to The Raymond J. Lesniak Experience Strength and Hope (ESH) Recovery High School.

The “Tree of Hope” is awarded annually to an organization that promotes recovery from addiction.
A ceremony to recognize The Raymond J. Lesniak ESH Recovery High School will be held Monday, September 19th at the school located on the Kean University campus in Union.

“The Recovery High School was chosen as the 2016 Tree of Hope recipient because of their impact on the community they serve, every day.” said Wellspring’s Executive Director Ezra Helfand. “The High School is a trailblazer in the State of New Jersey, offering a comprehensive high school curriculum developed to accomplish the following goals: support sustained recovery, through a healthy school environment and holistic recovery supports; provide a quality education, addressing the varied learning styles of each student and improving all students’ academic skills so they can maximize their post-high school options; and, offering career and academic counseling for those who are college bound and for those who will enter the workforce after graduation”.

Several dignitaries have been invited to speak at the event including: Senator Lesniak; Senator Joseph F. Vitale; Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin; DR. DAWOOD FARAHI, Kean University President; Union County Freeholders Chairman Bruce H. Bergen; Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent of Schools Peter A. Capodice; and Pamela Capaci, CEO at Prevention Links.

Wellsprings’ annual Tree of Hope campaign is designed to raise the consciousness of our neighbors to the fact that addiction is an illness from which many do recover, and to celebrate those recoveries. This annual event is one of the agency’s primary fundraising vehicles and supports their confidential information and referral Helpline, which helps over 800 individuals and families annual to begin their journey of recovery.

The public is invited to attend this special event where commemorative ornaments to decorate the tree for celebration will be offered for sale at $5 each, and special engraved crystal ornaments are available at $100 each. Ornaments for the tree can be personalized, as requested, to commemorate the recovery of a loved one, in the hope of recovery for a friend or family member, or to memorialize someone who did not experience recovery. Ornaments may also remain anonymous.

Additional information will be available on the Wellspring website at https://wellspringprevention.org.

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