December 23, 2019
PORTLAND, Maine (December 20, 2019) – The Family Restored, a nonprofit that helps families pay for treatment and recovery housing costs for loved ones struggling with addiction, has received a $5,000 donation from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution (SBSI). The funds will be used to continue giving recovering addicts and their families access to quality care and support they would not otherwise receive.
Drug abuse in Maine has risen in recent years, and in 2017, the state ranked among the top 10 in opioid-related overdoses in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Family Restored seeks to alter public and professional attitudes toward addiction recovery and educate the public, policymakers and service providers on the transformative power of recovery.
“Because of the generosity of institutions like Saco & Biddeford Savings, The Family Restored will continue to provide life-changing services that will strengthen families and provide treatment opportunities for those seeking recovery,” said Eric Girard, executive director of The Family Restored.
Founded in 2014, the organization has provided over $500,000 in treatment scholarships to over 400 individuals. In 2018, it opened Oak House, an eight-bed sober living residence for recovering women in Portland. The Family Restored offers eight family support groups – including two in Portland and a new one in Kennebunk – that regularly see over 500 attendees per month. The organization also holds two annual fundraisers: a silent auction in the spring and Memorial 5K Run/Walk in the summer.
To learn more about The Family Restored, visit https://thefamilyrestored.org/.
About The Family Restored
The Family Restored began in 2011 in Portland, Maine, when a small group of people in recovery started a support meeting to help families understand and cope with their loved one’s addiction. As facilitators who experienced both addiction and recovery, they offered a unique perspective to educate, inform, and inspire hope for families. Facilitators heard families speak repeatedly about one daunting challenge – how to pay for treatment. In 2014, The Family Restored was established as a scholarship fund to help families pay the treatment and recovery housing costs for their loved one. Since then, The Family Restored has expanded to 8 family support groups, have provided over $500,000 in treatment scholarships, and opened an 8-bed recovery residence for women in Portland, ME. "Believing that recovery is possible, our mission is to strengthen and support families affected by addiction."
About Saco and Biddeford Savings Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s Oldest Bank with locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook. A leader in community banking, SBSI has contributed more than $3.8 million to area organizations over the last 10 years and continues to support the needs of the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.sbsavings.bank or on Twitter at @SBSavings and #InItTogether. Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
From left to right: Lynne Belanger (Saco Branch Manager at Saco & Biddeford Savings), Eric Girard (Executive Director of The Family Restored), and Christopher Treantos (Facilitator / Development Associate at The Family Restored)