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  • Writer's pictureTeresa Woolson

Teresa's Notebook July

This is a series of notes by Teresa Woolson of the Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation, Inc. (VOW Foundation).

July 2022

July is a tough month for me, it's Victor's birthday month. He would have turned 29 on July 19th. WOW! He is forever 19 in my heart. Victor died almost 10 years ago from synthetic drugs in Oswego County. This is why I formed the VOW Foundation in 2013 and volunteer on several Boards and Coalitions. Oswego County is my home. I was born, raised, and spent my career in economic development here. To celebrate Victor's Heavenly Birthday, family gathered for dinner and Oreo Ice Cream Cake.

The Oswego County Opioid Response Consortium (OCORC) - I am the Co-Chair of this group which met on the 14th, working to schedule the assembly of harm reduction kits. The OCORC hosts the weekly Harm Reduction Works meetings every Friday via Zoom, all are welcome.

The RCO for Oswego County - I help co-facilitate this group which met on the 14th. Funding application was discussed along with a kick-off community event with a film showing. Membership recruitment continues looking for Peers and those in recovery.

FOR-NY monthly RCO meeting - Friends of Recovery - NY. The State training calendar includes trainings with Professional Certification Credits (can add trainings). Meeting to discuss and share documents and policies to be held. Hosts are being sought for virtual or in-person presentations of "Our Stories Have Power" or "Science of Addiction." Recovery Fine Arts Festival, theme "When We All Recover" includes music, dance, poetry, paint, draw and mixture. Seeking submissions and judges. Speaker for "Movement as a Pathway to Healing" introduced her dance path, which will be in full at the Recovery Conference in October.

The Desens House - Continues to provide activities such as Facts & Snacks, Cooking Class, Weekly Walking, Game Night and more. An annual calendar will be designed to guide in the activities for each month.

NARCAN Trainings - I scheduled training for 8/30 at the SPOT at 5:30 pm along with three Wednesdays in August 8/3, 8/17 and 8/31 at 1:00 at The Connection Point in Oswego. Overdose Awareness Day is 8/31.

Oswego County Prevention Coalition (OCPC) - The PRIDE surveys data is in and will be shared at next meeting, 8/24 invites are welcome. Shane provided data: YTD fatal overdoses at 12 with 62 Narcan saves. Molly is now a generic term, related to bath salts (synthetic cathinone). OCPC to partner with Fulton PD for a liquor and vape compliance check program. Join their table at Farmers Market.

Oswego County Suicide Prevention Coalition (OCSPC) - QPR and It's Real Trainings in August. STRIDE to Save Lives 5K Walk/Run to be held on 9/17 at SUNY Marano Campus Center. Sponsors and registrations being solicited now. Service providers will be invited to table for the event.

Additional Upcoming Events:

Block Party, Oswego - 8/5 (5-8:30)

Child Advocacy Center (CAC) - Golf Tournament 8/29

Senior Fair, Drive-through 9/9 (9-12)

Trunk or Treat, Youth Bureau 10/29 (12-3)

Regular Community Meetings:

Oswego County Opioid Response Consortium - 2nd Thursday at 9 am

RCO for Oswego County - 2nd Thursday at 10:15 am

Oswego County Suicide Prevention Coalition - Third Tuesday at 9 am

Oswego County Prevention Coalition - 4th Wednesday at 9 am

Harm Reduction Works - Every Friday at 11 am

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