City of Gaithersburg Goes Purple For The Month of September

by Patrick Herron

Per the City of Gaithersburg:
In Celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction/Mental Health Recovery Month, the City’s Homeless Services Division launches a “Gaithersburg Goes Purple” Campaign to bring awareness to the growing opioid epidemic, including a series of educational & commemorative events & activities throughout the month of September.

The theme, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” highlights the message that integrated evidence-based care, strong family & community support, and dedicated service providers work together to provide effective treatments & practices, making recovery from mental & substance use disorders in all its forms possible & sustainable.

A month-long “Gaithersburg Goes Purple” initiative will highlight the City’s support. Activities include the illumination of City Hall, Wells/Robertson House, and the Youth Centers in purple light, a social media campaign celebrating recovery successes, educational resources at community outreach events, a 34thanniversary celebration of Wells/Robertson House, and more.

7th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day
Thursday, September 1, 2022
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Memorial Plaza, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850
Montgomery County hosts its annual IOAD Resource Fair followed by a Ceremony of Remembrance & Candlelight Vigil at Memorial Plaza in Rockville.

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery Month Proclamation
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
7:30 p.m.
City Hall
Official proclamation presented by Mayor Jud Ashman to Nathan, a resident of the City’s Wells/Robertson House. Watch the meeting live on YouTube, Facebook & Twitter @GburgMD. The meeting is available for later viewing on YouTube.

Going Purple Challenge Week– “Safe vs Unsafe” Sorting Game
September 13 – 18, 2022
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Gaithersburg Community Museum
The Gaithersburg Community Museum invites you and your child to drop in during Museum hours to participate in a sorting game that helps them recognize safe vs unsafe drugs.

Drug Take-Back Events
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
10 a.m. – Noon
Benjamin Gaither Center
The Gaithersburg Police will conduct a series of Drug Take-Back Days in September. Bring your expired or unused medication for safe destruction to help keep highly abused drugs out of the reach of those most vulnerable. Check back for other locations. A year round prescription drop-box is available in the lobby of the Police Station.

33rd Annual Recovery Picnic
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Noon – 5 p.m.
Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm
A free community event hosted by Wells/Robertson House residents that features guest speakers, a graduation ceremony, music & festivities.

Family Dinner
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Every year the Wells/Robertson House residents host a family dinner to help strengthen family bonds & minimize destructive behavior, which are proven benefits of family coming together to share a meal. Note: This event is not open to the public.

A Purple Pledge
Join the members of the Olde Towne & Robertson Park Youth Centers & take the “Purple Pledge” to remain drug-free.



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