STOWE — To assist in Vermont's on-going battle against opiate and heroin abuse, Gov. Peter Shumlin Thursday accepted a $25,000 donation from President and CEO of Subaru of New England Ernie Boch Jr. to Youth Services of Brattleboro to create a youth counseling program to treat addiction.
"Once again I stand here thanking Ernie and Subaru of New England for a generous donation to tackle an issue here in Vermont," Shumlin said, noting that Boch has donated to Irene Recovery efforts, Green Up Day and the Vermont Universal Children's Higher Education Savings Account Program. It marks his second donation to combating opiate addiction in Vermont, following last year's commitment to Recovery House Inc. in Rutland.
"Drug abuse is one of the most serious problems facing our state and the nation," Gov. Shumlin said. "Today's donation to Youth Services will help us reach kids with counseling and treatment to help them turn their lives around."
"Opiate addiction is a serious public health problem with terrible consequences. The support and treatment that Youth Services provides for young people in Vermont is crucial and lifesaving. On behalf of Subaru of New England, I'm here today with a check for Youth Services for $25,000.00 dollars to help fight this battle," stated Boch.
Youth Services is a private non-profit founded in 1972 to provide prevention, intervention and development programs for young people and families in Windham County communities, regardless of ability to pay.
The organization is launching a new Youth Substance Abuse Treatment Program, which is cited as one of the most pressing needs in Windham County.
"Young people face a lot of hurdles that prevent them from seeking treatment, including intense peer-pressure and lack of parental support," said Russell Bradbury-Carlin, Executive Director of Youth Services. He said Youth Services will be hiring licensed therapists who spend part of their time out of the office and in the community.