The history of the REACH Organization began in April 2001. The Magoffin County Coroner had reported a total of thirty-five substance abuse related deaths. Over 400 citizens from every sector in the community held a county wide meeting at the Magoffin County High School to discuss what could be done about the terrible drug epidemic. Law Enforcement, school personnel, elected officials, civic organizations churches and concerned citizens were present. As a result of this meeting the local Faith-Based REACH organization was formed. Matthew W. Gullion, pastor of the Salyersville First Baptist Church began to hold organizational meetings in the basement of the church. Progress was made at each meeting and five teams were organized as follows: Recovering Addicts Team, Family Support Team, School and Youth Team, Judicial Review Team and Community Crime Watch Team. Approximately 160 people attended the first few meetings and eventually the organization established 24 faithful volunteers.
REACH helps addicts pursue recovery by providing a 24 helpline, referring them to detox and residential treatment. Assistance with entry fees and transportation is also provided if necessary.
The school and youth team leaders provide drug prevention education in the schools each week to over three hundred 7th and 8th grader students. Through education we can help youth avoid the path of addiction by understanding the harmful results and consequences.
Throughout the year we collaborate with other groups in the schools and community to raise awareness about substance abuse through the following events; Back to School Prayer Walk, Drug Free Parade in honor of National Red Ribbon week, National Recovery Month and Safe Coalitions youth events.
Goals for Current Year: Expand drug prevention education to 5th and 6th grade students in all elementary schools, high school students, local churches and youth groups.
Build community partnerships to promote prevention, early intervention, treatment and aftercare for substance abuse recovery.
Develop faith based support group meetings for recovering addicts and family members.
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