House of Hope tours Friday, Dump the Drugs Saturday

There will be tours during the House of Hope open house Friday, April 23, from noon to 6 p.m. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — On Friday, the public will have its only chance to tour the living space of a new facility designed to help local men in their battle against substance abuse.

The House of Hope sober living facility will hold an open house Friday.

“It will house 14 adult males who are coming out of rehab. It will be the middle spot before getting our on their own,” said Kathy Grimes, executive director of the Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition. “We’ll be helping them to find jobs and get grounded back into the community so they can be successful in their recovery.”

In addition to the living space, the facility will have a prevention and resource center, which will include community meeting room for prevention and parenting meetings during the day, and 12-step meetings for residents of the facility in the evening.

The Substance Abuse Coalition will operate out the facility’s offices, which will result in a pick-up point for Gila Valley residents to get naloxone (Narcan), an emergency treatment for thoise suspected of suffering an opioid overdose.

The open house for the House of Hope sober living facility, 601 W. 1st Street in Safford, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, with a ribbon-cutting by the Graham County Chamber of Commerce at 1 p.m.

The Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition will also conduct its annual Dump the Drugs event during Eastern Arizona College’s Health and STEAM Festival Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at EAC’s Thatcher campus.

Dump the Drugs is an opportunity for residents to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications — including pet medications — by giving them to local law enforcement for destruction.