Hope House, Inc. proudly celebrated our 50th Golden Anniversary on Saturday, September 16th at 6p. This black tie admired event was held at 90 State Street in Albany, NY, catered by Mazzone Hospitality. We proudly awarded the Circle of Hope Award to Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard, who founded Hope House in 1967, which he accepted on behalf of all who made Hope House a success over the last 50 years. We proudly welcomed Mackenzie Phillips (from "American Graffiti", "One Day at a Time" & "So Weird" - the daughter of The Mamas and The Papas John Phillips - and NYTimes bestselling author) as our Guest of Honor. She told her story of childhood trauma, addiction, sobriety, recovery, relapse, recovery and now her work as a Primary Addictions Counselor.
The 4th Annual Michael F. Bette Memorial Hope House Golf Tournament was a great success! The June 20th event sold out, seeing approximately 190 golfers and receiving many sponsors! Please stay tuned for updated information, and pictures of the event. As always, Hope House is beyond grateful for the support that we receive from the community to ensure that we're providing the best possible, client-centered, care that we can! See you in 2017!
2015 Circle of Hope Luncheon & Educational Forum
Our 2015 Circle of Hope Luncheon/ Educational Forum was covered by WRGB Channel 6.
This year we changed what had traditionally been a dinner to a luncheon. We also added a forum where superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and other members of the public gathered before the luncheon to learn about substance abuse prevention, treatment, and mental health issues.
Our event took place on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at Wolfert's Roost Country Club
Educators, health professionals, & other experts were present to provide information:
We would like to thank our panel participants, including: Keith Stack from the Addictions Care Center of Albany Bill Wolff from The LaSalle School in Albany Tony Cortese from St. Anne Institute Courtney Lovell from Friends of Recovery Keith Brown from Project Safe Point & Dr. Anne Fernandez from CDPHP OASAS - Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services
Also featured at the educational forum: Governor Cuomo announced the public awareness campaign focusing on opioids and synthetics. (includes the press release & the video PSAs, and provides a visual of the new wallscape that appears in the Bronx and is posted on subways, bus shelters, etc.)
Our participants learned:
What you can do to prevent substance abuse in your home Early warning signs of a substance abuse problem Steps to take if you suspect or find out your loved one is a substance abuser …and much more. Information has been (and will continue to be) added to our Links and Resources page.
Our luncheon honored two individuals with the Circle of Hope Award:
F. Michael Tucker, a long time Hope House Board Member who recently stepped down as President & CEG of the Center for Economic Growth to launch Tucker Strategies, Inc., a real estate and economic development firm, and Steven Heider, the Retired Town of Colonie Chief of Police, whose long and distinguished career in law enforcement includes a special interest in protecting our youth and speaking about the dangers of substance abuse. Thank you also to our generous honorary committee members and those who advertised in our program book/donated to our raffle:
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza Capital Bank Crisafulli Brothers Hon. Pat Fahey Lammon Architects First Light Krause's Candy Hon. John T. McDonald Nowak Associates (Omni) Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center The Sagamore Sciocchetti & Abbott Law Firm Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C Teamsters, Local 294
1967-2015 ◊ Celebrating 47 years of providing quality substance treatment services.
Thank you, Senior Girl Scouts!
Senior girl scouts from Girl Scout Troop 2660, Samantha Cavagnolo, Alaina Martina and Jennifer Crowley, recently gave a helping hand to Hope House by collecting personal care items for the Welcome Bags for new residents at Hope House.
All three girls have always been interested in community service. When a family friend of one of the girls mentioned that Hope House needed help with collecting supplies to welcome and help encourage individuals just entering Hope House, they knew this was something they just had to do!
They painted HOPE rocks as keepsakes for each bag and visited local Clifton Park hotels to ask for supply donations. The hotels were very generous and provided supplies that far exceeded what the girls had set as a goal. Additionally, Samantha, Alaina and Jennifer used donation money from friends and family to purchase other supplies for the Welcome Bags.
This service project was a part of a larger journey for the girls. Over the next 2 years, the girls will individually work toward their Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.
A national award with national standards, it represents an individual girl's accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity, and personal effort contributed to making their community a better place to live.
Good Luck, Samantha, Alaina and Jennifer – we are grateful to you!