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Thift Store Sells Hope
10-02-2017
Posted by: Kimberly Kratz

Kim Hogan, of Hope ReStored and Founder and President of the non-profit organization Hope Against Heroin understands the challenges, heartache and fears that families face when one member becomes an addict.

 

During a decade challenged by mental health problems, at 19, Hogan’s son Jimmy began using heroin. “He started to self-medicate at a young age, mostly pot. I never thought he would use heroin,” she said.

For one thing, Jimmy was one of those kids terrified of needles. While she was always concerned, she said, “I had never thought before that what he was doing was going to kill him. But when I realized what he was doing, I knew it was going to be a game-changer.”

Hogan coped with Jimmy’s cycle of addiction, then jail, then rehab and relapse by openly writing about it on Facebook. She understood the barriers that face those who want help but cannot not get it. “I knew we were in for a battle. I felt like I had to get ready for battle,” she said.

 

Combatting the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic takes a multi-prong approach that includes cooperation and conversation among health care professionals, law enforcement, counseling services, the courts, and the community. Even so, an individual’s ability to break the addiction cycle requires hope.

 

Hogan created Hope Against Heroin to help addicted individuals to get into rehab, attend 12-step meetings and counseling sessions and go to work. In December 2016, when Univest selected the organization as its local non-profit grant recipient, the idea for Hope ReStored thrift shop in Quakertown became real.  Local businesses and individuals have been generous with donations.

 

“The store is so powerful. A customer whose son died 10 years ago, even before the epidemic, came in and said how glad she was to finally be able to do something to help.”

 

Your purchase from Hope ReStored helps local heroin addicts get into a vetted rehab center so they can get clean when they ask for help. Shop weekly for purses, jewelry, women’s clothing, small furniture, kitchen items and more.

  • Thift Store Sells Hope

  • Thift Store Sells Hope

  • Thift Store Sells Hope

  • Thift Store Sells Hope

  • Thift Store Sells Hope

  • Thift Store Sells Hope