We were recently contacted by the great folks over at AM 680 (WPTF) to discuss some of the work we are doing in the community.
We sent our very own Benjamin Weston over to chat with Brandon Dickson who is an afternoon and evening host.
Benjamin did a fantastic job and we are so grateful that the guys and gals over at Curtis Media Group were able to give us some time.
Listen to the audio and transcript of that interview below.
BEN: So, our charity, the name is Hope Connection International. Our community care facility is located on Buck Jones Road here in Raleigh. it's on the corner of Walnut Street and Buck Jones Road.
So, what our program is based on, who we want to help and who we're helping now, is men and women who have had problems, who have struggled with abuse in their lives of any kind. It could be anything from physical abuse, emotional abuse, just things of that nature -- is kind of what we help with right now.
We have support groups nearly every night of the week, except on Sunday. So we do a lot there and we fill up our classes pretty quickly. So, anything from grief to a depression group -- we have a Mending the Soul group which is great. It's for victims of abuse. They can kind of recover from what they're dealing with there.
I personally teach in addiction recovery class every Tuesday evening -- it's from 7:00 to 8:00 -- so that's a wonderful class in itself and there's a lot of good help that you can get there.
BRANDON: Now, you mentioned physical and emotional abuse - also substance abuse in there andI think the unique part and the great part about Hope Connection International is that it doesn't just focus on the person -- focuses on the family as a whole.
Because, it's not usually just one person that it affects it affects everyone else around you.
BEN: That's right it affects everyone in the family and it's really tough for, especially in a substance abuse situation, for the families to kind of have some healing time.
So, long-term treatment is usually a good option and that's what we're hoping to provide in the future. It’s kind of help folks that are transitioning out of substance abuse treatment just to kind of give them a good stable place where they have somewhere to go and live.
And, just have a good community where they don't have to worry about you know – any alcohol or drugs being brought up there.