Bacon Street receives $5,000 grant to tackle drug addiction

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

Addiction heralds an internal battle as friends, family and even reality itself can slip away. As the nonprofit Bacon Street Youth and Family Services works to combat addiction in the Williamsburg area, a $5,000 grant from Dominion Energy could mean the difference between victory and defeat for young people at a crossroads in their lives.

The money will fund Bacon Street’s Families Together Project, which provides addiction prevention and treatment services for area adolescents as opioids and other drugs provide temptation.

“We collaborate with local programs that serve populations already challenged with drug use and addiction issues,” Kim Dellinger, Bacon Street’s executive director, said in a news release. “The Families Together Project allows our clinical staff to evaluate and provide individualized treatment on an outpatient basis for youth and their families.”

Dominion donated more than $1 million to 161 nonprofit organizations across 11 states as part of its Critical Community Needs grant program.

Bacon Street has an impact on families throughout greater Williamsburg, York County, Poquoson, Newport News and Hampton. Nearly 450 teens went through the organization’s treatment program during its 2017 fiscal year. It offers services like coping strategies for young clients and resources for their parents to enable healthy lifestyles.

“That’s all part of our holistic approach to addiction treatment,” Dellinger said. “This generous show of support by Dominion Energy will help us fight the growing opioid epidemic in our service area."

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To learn more about Bacon Street services, visit baconstreet.org or call 253-0111.

Birkenmeyer can be reached by email at sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com, by phone at 757-790-3029 or on Twitter @sethbirkenmeyer.

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