REWIRED Participates in the 2012 Colfax Marathon and Helps Fight Drug Abuse

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Jefferson County Colorado Not for Profit REWIRED fields team for the Colfax Marathon in Denver and hosts a bake sale in Charity Partner Village

REWIRED, a Jefferson County Colorado based nonprofit organization that supports the long-term, true recovery of the whole person by developing and enhancing a network of community resources for drug court individuals and families, announced today that it will field a team of 20+ runners in the Colfax Marathon, May 19th and 20th, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

REWIRED’s marathon team is comprised of Jeffco officials and REWIRED supporters, including Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey. In addition to running in the Marathon, REWIRED will host a booth in the Charity Village where it will hold a bake sale to raise funds.

Founded in 2009, REWIRED’s mission is to promote public safety and addiction recovery through a coordinated response to alcohol, drug and substance abuse, providing family reintegration, family preservation, social reintegration, employment and education, housing services and other aftercare activities.

The First Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin counties) has developed two specialized courts to help drug addicts. The Family Intensive Treatment (FIT) Court serves addicted parents who are at risk of losing their children. The Recovery Court serves addicts with felony convictions who have made a commitment to becoming clean and sober.    

Many of REWIRED’s clients are also struggling to meet the basic costs of living, including shelter, food, and transportation. Most can only find very low-paying jobs. Until they have demonstrated success in their recovery, most employers won’t hire them.

But being successful in recovery requires transportation to treatment and court appointments, housing that is not full of drug abusers, and for parents, the ability to meet their children’s basic needs.

REWIRED’S funding enables:

  •     Bus tokens or gas vouchers
  •     Clothes for job interviews
  •     Gift certificates (grocery, restaurant) to use as program rewards
  •     Security deposit assistance
  •     Utility assistance
  •     Diapers, books, and toys for children of the Drug Court participants

REWIRED is important to Jefferson County. The use of drugs is involved in more than 50% of violent crimes, 60 to 80% of child abuse and neglect cases, and 50-70% of theft and property crimes. Helping an addict who is on the road to recovery helps reduce crime and child abuse.

For more information about REWIRED or to make a contribution, visit REWIRED'S website or http://www.blacktie-colorado.com.

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