PORT HURON AREA
Blue Water Area Families Against Narcotics was founded in response to the overwhelming number of lives affected by prescription drug abuse, heroin, and methamphetamine in St. Clair County.
Throughout 2014, the local newspaper published multiple front-page articles referencing the scope and impact of the county's drug problem. Yet, the community continued to search for answers. Many were aware of the problem, but we needed a solution. People yearned for answers. They needed hope. Seeing first hand the successes of the Fraser chapter, the co-founders began to meet weekly to discuss their ideas, hopes, and goals. We reached out to the community, and the support received was overwhelmingly positive. With the help of the Ingham County and Fraser chapters, Blue Water Area FAN began to come together. In a matter of months, we were able to establish our executive and advisory boards. Our public forum was officially launched on December 11th, 2014.
Our membership continues to grow, and includes parents and loved ones affected by abuse and addiction, concerned citizens, law enforcement, health professionals, and recovering addicts. Through the use of guest speakers and personal stories, we aim to raise awareness and provide education. Our monthly forum offers a support network for those affected by addiction. Collaboratively, we seek to erase the stigma and educate our community about the new face of addiction.
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Charlene Burgett is a Job Coach for disabled adults at Touchstone Services, Inc. in Port Huron, Ml. She majored in social work at St. Clair County Community College. Charlene has participated in various Twelve Step programs for over 35 years. She was a founding member of a local Adult Children of Alcoholics Chapter, a local Nar-Anon chapter founder, a member of and sponsor for Al-Anon, and a chairperson for Alateen.
In 2015 Charlene became an active member of Families of Narcotics. She is an administrator for the Michigan chapter of The Addict's Mom (TAM) and an administrator in the main national chapter of TAM. She is also an active member of the Grandparents of The Addict's Mom. Charlene is the facilitator of the local TAM chapter's Lights of Hope. The Lights of Hope campaign is held annually and, in conjunction with local community members, honors, supports, and instills hope in those whose lives have been shattered by addiction.
Jill returned to the metro Detroit area after living in 5 different states because of multiple job transfers. Until her recent retirement, she held various positions in human resources that ranged from practitioner to executive leader. While much of her career was spent with working for major defense contractors. Jill's last position was Executive Director of Human Resources for a prestigious law firm in Washington D.C. Jill's field of expertise was the strategic development and deployment of human resource programs that assist employers in effectively self-monitoring compliance with employment laws and federal contractor obligations. Jill was a frequent speaker and trainer at client sites and management/professional associations. Jill is committed to helping change the addiction treatment infrastructure and is honored to be on the FAN board.
Bobbi Jo Umbreit
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Bobbi Jo is currently secretary of Blue Water Recovery Outreach Center. She has been an active member of Narcotics Anonymous for 16 years. She also serves as co-chair of Blue Water Narcotics Anonymous. She sits on many community boards as an active member.
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Marion Sanford has been in a recovery program for 35 years. She is a member of AL-Anon, Nar-Anon and FAN. Marion is a member of Blue Water Free Methodist Church and has been their treasurer for 3 years.
Lieutenant Roger Wesch
Lieutenant Roger Wesch is a Patrol Lieutenant with the Port Huron Police Department. He is a 21-year veteran of the department and has seen first hand the devastating effects opiate addictions have on the community. His police experience includes assignments in road patrol, the traffic bureau, community services and the schools as a School Resource Officer. Lieutenant Wesch serves as a Director for the Blue Water Area Families Against Narcotics chapter, and collaboratively works with the community to promote drug awareness, prevention, and education.
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