By Karen Cornelius
Celebrating Sweetest Day on Saturday, October 21, was extra special for Let’s Get Real, Vermilion’s non-profit local Recovery Community Organization. German’s Villa hosted a Sweetest Day Fundraiser for this group dedicated to assisting families and children of addicted persons with support and education.
According to executive director Kim Eberle, founding and coordinating Let’s Get Real since August of 2013, Cliff German generously donated his time and effort to this event, and his staff was exceedingly helpful and worked hard to make the event a success with over 240 people in attendance. The Motown musical group, Smooth Groove” played at a huge discount to entertain.
“The food was wonderful as only German’s Villa can do, and Let’s Get Real is very grateful to German’s for this huge show of support,” said Eberle. The fundraiser earned $2,000 to assist with drug awareness and prevention programs locally. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many wonderful people in our community who came out, all in support of helping the drug situation here in Vermilion and the entire area,” stated Eberle.
The executive director stated that Let’s Get Real is now located at 3509 Liberty Avenue. The office operates almost entirely on a volunteer basis relying on private donations for their operating expenses. They assisted 23 persons just in the month of September in gaining access to detoxification and treatment for alcohol and substance addiction. According to Eberle, the organization offers a family and children’s group on Tuesday evenings. She said Let’s Get Real was started to assist families and children of addicted persons who are affected as well by this crisis.
Let’s Get Real has also been active with the Lorain County Recovery Court for two years, the Police Assisted Project, and an array of other special projects. The Police Assisted Project is for addicts who sincerely want help and those people can walk into any police station and ask for help. The police will call for a peer recovery supporter who will arrive and assist the individual.
On August 1, Let’s Get Real began the “Warm Hand Off” project with Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, and Mercy Allen, Oberlin. They have so far responded to 73 calls since the project begin. Eberle stated that a certified peer recovery supporter responds to persons at these ER’s who have overdosed and offers support and resource navigation to the families and the addicted persons.
The Let’s Get Real phone is 440-963-7402. Eberle said their phone lines are open to family members and those struggling in addiction. She said all calls are kept confidential, and appointments and walk-ins are welcome. For further information the website is http://www.letsgetrealinc.org. Donations to this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization can also be made on this website, and are tax deductible.