Holiday wreaths to help those dealing with substance abuse

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SAFFORD — With work progressing on the House of Hope Sober Living House, the Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition is fund-raising and seeking donations to supply the facility.

The coalition’s annual Wreaths For Recovery fund-raiser is underway and the coalition is calling for some assistance.

“We’re looking for wreath-makers or businesses or just community members that are interested in donating wreaths that can be displayed and sold at Gineveve’s,”  Coalition Director Kathy Grimes said during a recent appearance on Voice of the Valley.

The coalition is also accepting donations of household goods for the facility via Giving Trees located at Ginaveve’s and Farmer’s Insurance.

“We’re going to need lots of things for our House of Hope — sheets, blankets, pillows; we’re starting from bare nothing. So if you’re able to donate some of those items, we would sure appreciate that,” Grimes said.

Size of bedding required is twin.

The House of Hope Sober Living Home has been in the works for more than two years, with financial contributions from Freeport-McMoRan and United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties, as well as fund-raising efforts led by the Jenny and John Howard, owners of Ginaveve’s Marketplace.

Land for the facility was donated by Marge Schade, owner of the local Pepsi bottling plant.

The home will help those dealing with addiction transition from a rehabilitation facility back into the community.