The Northeast EPIC Stakeholders meeting on September 27th opened with the presentation of plaques of appreciation by Kim Washington and Dwight Leevy. In appreciation for the support given by the 2nd Baptist Church to the EPIC group, the plaques were presented to the Pastor Rev. Bradsbery and the Culinary group of the church represented by Denise Fletcher and Paulette Miller.
Also at the meeting:
- Monica Orozco-Cadena made a presentation on behalf of the Red Cross dealing with blood donations and promoting an upcoming blood drive on October 13th at the Aspira Campus, 6301 N. 2nd Street
- Sakina Dean, Director of Divine Light and board member of the Philadelphia Association of Recovery House presented on the NARR standards for recovery residences. The NARR has established the standards and the Philadelphia Association works with recovery houses to bring them into compliance with those standards. As several participants pointed out, this will only apply to those houses that are working within the system. Those below the radar can choose to ignore those standards.
- Layra Wagner of First Home Care presented on drug and alcohol addition prevention and recovery. She made a very good case for why it is important to keep the youth away from their first experimentation with drugs and alcohol. Because of their physiology, they are more likely to become addicted.
- Kim Washington discussed the EPIC ELITE (EPIC Leaders In Training & Education) program. This program provides a stipend for people working in the community in support of the EPIC Stakeholders.
- There will be a Hedge Street park cleanup day and plans are underway for improvements to the park.
- American Recycles Day will see the EPIC/NAC working with the Frankford CDC on distribution of much coveted recycling bins.
- Tree Philly is coming up again for the distribution of yard trees.
The next EPIC meeting is scheduled for October 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and will be held at Friends Hospital at 4641 Roosevelt Boulevard. The subject will be domestic violence.