Etcetera - 1/18/13

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‘Young people who are on the pathway to recovery should not have to walk the road alone — they need the support of family and community,” according to the local Trilogy Recovery Community website. It includes eight support groups such as for youth recovery support, family support and education.

Members of Sunrise Rotary heard about the program from Trilogy’s Cari Base, Ashley Bush and Luis Rosales.

A grassroots collaboration of parents, youths, concerned citizens and community leaders, who believe all children deserve to live in a drug-free community, came together and established TRC in September 2011.

Trilogy employees are partially funded through AmeriCorps, but Trilogy, at 515 W. Poplar St., depends on community donations and grants. It also hosts two major fundraisers, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival in Celebrating Recovery in September at Whitman College and the Run for Recovery, a 5-K walk, jog or run scheduled for Sept.13.

AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation.

Cari is a second-year Community Action Council AmeriCorps volunteer who served last year at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

Ashley, also a second-year AmeriCorps volunteer, served at Trilogy last year and is now at the Juvenile Justice Center. She continues to volunteer with Trilogy.

Luis, a former AmeriCorps staff member, was Blue Mountain Action Council AmeriCorps director from July 2006-July 2010. In August 2010, he became director of BMAC’s Pro Bono Program, which offers legal referrals to qualifying low-income residents in Walla Walla and Columbia counties. He also currently sits on the Friends of Children of Walla Walla Board and works part time with Trilogy.

Ashley and Cari graduated in 2009 from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., majoring in English with emphasis in peace and justice studies.

Luis earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Walla Walla University. He is currently pursuing a master’s in counseling psychology.

Americorps was launched formally by the National Service Act of 1990. AmeriCorps incorporated the longstanding Volunteers in Service to America program, created in 1964, and the National Civilian Community Corps.

The Obama Administration is working with Congress to expand high-quality service opportunities to promote a spirit of civic participation and service across the country, said Rotarian John McKern, who covers club meetings.

For more information on Trilogy, see www.trilogyrecovery.org or phone 509-876-4525.

Sunrise Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays for breakfast and community interest programs at St. Francis Community Center, 722 W. Alder St. For more information contact President Hank Worden at 525-0838 or online see www.wallawallasunriserotary.org.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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