PRO-ACT RECOVERY WALKS! 2014 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
**NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FOR START**
New Walk Start Meeting Place: Walnut Street Bridge Under Balloon Arch
Exit the Great Plaza of Penn's Landing at river level to the right of the stage, then proceed to the Walnut Street Bridge as directed by our Volunteers. The Honor Guard will line up behind the yellow PRO-ACT Recovery Walks banner (8:15-8:30 am) for the annual Honor Guard group photo. Teams and others will then join in behind them for the Walk starting at 9:00 am.
This new route involves a flight of stairs to reach the Walnut Street Bridge. For those who are physically challenged or using a stroller for an infant we have made an accommodation. Leave Penn's Landing by the Upper Chestnut Street gate and proceed across the Chestnut Street Bridge sidewalk (the road will be closed to us). Meet up with your teams and friends at the Walnut Street Bridge and Front Street. The Recovery Walk will begin from there and continue the original route up Walnut Street to Independence Hall and back.
Upon returning to Front Street, everyone will access Penn's Landing the same way they exited.
We will all come together in the Great Plaza where we will enjoy some fruit and water, the Post-Walk Program, visit the sponsor booths, mingle with friends, enjoy the entertainment, and celebrate the many joys of recovery.
We greatly apologize for this inconvenience and trust that you understand this is necessitated by circumstances completely beyond our control.
Registration begins at 7:00 am; Walk begins at 9:00 am
Building on our 12 previous years of hosting Recovery Walks in downtown Philadelphia, PRO-ACT is asking you to support the largest walk ever assembled in support of addiction recovery—our 13th annual Recovery Walk on September 20. Once more, we are pleased to announce that it will be at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing on the beautiful waterfront. We’re extra excited this year that we’ve been able to expand the Walk route through historic Philadelphia to walk past Independence Hall and extend that symbol of freedom and dignity to what recovery brings to individuals and families, thereby benefitting the community at large.
How Can You Help to Make the Walk a Success? Tell your friends about it; register and walk; form a team; do some fundraising; become a sponsor; donate to a walker or the Walk; volunteer for a committee now; or help on that day.
Why? There has never been a time in our history when the voice of the recovery community needs so badly to be heard. The goals of the Walk are to eradicate discriminating public policies; increase awareness of the benefits of recovery; honor providers of a wide range of treatment and recovery services; mobilize the recovery community to work toward increased funding for research and quality treatment and recovery support services; provide hope to those still suffering; to honor those who haven’t survived this chronic disorder; and to raise funds so that PRO-ACT can continue to expand its services to the growing number of individuals and families who wish to access and sustain long-term recovery.
What is PRO-ACT? Pennsylvania Recovery Organization—Achieving Community Together is a well-respected, highly visible, and vibrant grassroots organization for people affected by substance use disorders and their families. PRO-ACT works throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania to promote recovery through community programs and activities, shape public policy at all levels, and reduce the stigma of addiction. It is a program of The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. (www.councilsepa.org/programs/pro-act).
What is Recovery Month? Now in its 25th year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month in September to increase awareness and understanding of mental and/or substance use disorders. The 2014 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out," encourages people to openly discuss—or speak up about—mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery. (www.recoverymonth.gov/)
What is The Council? The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., provides a wide range of services to families, schools, businesses, individuals and the community at large, regardless of ability to pay, ethnicity, race, gender, age and/or sexual orientation. It supports all pathways to recovery. The primary purpose of The Council is to provide resources and opportunities to reduce the impact of addiction, trauma, and other related health issues. We accomplish this through prevention, consultation, education, advocacy, assessment, intervention, and recovery support services. (www.councilsepa.org)