recoveryfest 2019

HIS Ministries will be hosting the 10th annual RecoveryFest Southwest Saturday, May 18 from 1-5 p.m. at Miner’s Park in Big Stone Gap.

“RecoveryFest Southwest is about giving hope to individuals and families affected by substance abuse disorders and mental health issues,” wrote HIS Ministries president and founder Shirley Smith in a press release.

The event is family-friendly and offers food, music and a bouncy house for children. There will also be guest speakers including Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp.

“Throughout its nine-year history, RecoveryFest has featured musicians and inspirational speakers, many of whom are recovering addicts themselves,” wrote Smith.

The event provides a venue for organizations and agencies to reach out to the public.

Smith recalled the discussion around having RecoveryFest in Big Stone Gap. “It was July of 2010 when the idea came to mind to put on the first RecoveryFest. Much credit is given to Doug Meade, Roger Duff and Aleta Spicer with Occupation Enterprises Inc. of Lebanon, Va. . . . Doug brought up an event called RecoveryFest that was happening in other areas. He mentioned that we should organize a RecoveryFest event and call it ‘RecoveryFest Southwest.’”

For the first two years, the event was held in September, during National Recovery Month. “After considerable thought, May was chosen as a better month for organizations, agencies and musicians to attend the event,” wrote Smith.

This year, RecoveryFest Southwest features will have information and resources available, and the Wise County Health Department will be offering Narcan training classes at The Edge, located at 405 Wood Ave. E, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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