PORT JERVIS, N.Y. – Port Jervis PRIDE will be one of three area nonprofit organizations awarded federal funding to help fight drug abuse, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said on Wednesday.
The $375,000 total investment was made through the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program within the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
“One of the best ways to combat the heroin and opioid crisis is to keep our kids from using drugs in the first place,” Maloney said in a statement. “Prevention starts at home, but this investment will provide the community support that parents, teachers, and coaches need to get in the game and help us fight this epidemic together.”
Funding will facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts and be used for youth anti-substance abuse initiatives to combat alcohol, heroin and prescription drug abuse in the Hudson Valley.
“We’re thrilled to hear we’re receiving this funding, which will help Operation P.J. PRIDE plan and implement community strategies that will make environmental change,” said Dawn Wilkin, Assistant Director of Prevention Services with Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan Counties, which oversees Port Jervis PRIDE. “Operation P.J. PRIDE is doing a phenomenal job – and this funding will allow them to make sustainable, community-level change.”
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