NAPLES, Fla. — The David Lawrence Center says they provide services to people who need them whether they can afford them or not. Since more people are calling on them for support, Director of Development Emily Budd-Schepperly says they’re hosting a virtual fundraiser to offset that cost.
“People are feeling a lot more anxiety, and stress related to this pandemic…loss of jobs,” she said.
Budd-Shepperly added all of those factors can be detrimental for someone already battling a drug addiction. They’ve seen 1,000 new clients using their virtual services, and 13,000 more clients compared to last year.
“We know on the addiction side that we’re seeing an increase in our detox units and our residential units. Boredom, isolation those are triggers for people dealing with addiction issues,” said Budd-Shepperly.
So, they’ve started the ribbon of hope virtual fundraiser. They’re planning to raise $7,500 to support people seeking their services, and to encourage them.
“This virtual fundraiser, you’re able to leave a message of hope that will be displayed on these beautiful colorful ribbons hung on our tree of hope,” said Budd-Shepperly.
The increase in addiction challenges during the pandemic spans across the nation. The Washington Post reports a 42 percent jump in overdoses nationwide in may compared to the same time last year.
Budd-Shepperly says that’s why the DLC is sharing the inspiration with those who need it most.
“We’ll also display the messages of hope on our website. So, if you want to a message for your family, your friends, for your community, for those struggling with mental health or addiction issues, it’s a great place to do it,” she said.
The ribbons of hope will be displayed on their tree of hope at their golden gate parkway location next month.