There was a whole lot of serving of delicious food and mouth-watering drinks at Helen's Restaurant on Monday night, April 11th, by members of the Ellsworth Police Department and friends. Thanks to the generosity of a hungry, thirsty and patient customers $3500 was raised to support Project HOPE.

Launched in 2016 by the Ellsworth Police Department in partnership with Healthy Acadia, Project HOPE (Heroin-Opiate Prevention Effort) is a police-led initiative and community wide effort that works to connect area residents seeking treatment with recovery resources and treatment they need, locally and/or out of state.

Project HOPE partners work to place participants into appropriate treatment, regardless of their financial situation. Those who ask for help are welcomed into the police station and connected with recovery supports and treatment services, as well as offered referrals to supportive services to continue their healthier lifestyle.

Tracy Crossman, Healthy Acadia's Recovery Resource Navigator and coordinator for Project HOPE said "The search for treatment is incredibly difficult and for someone who is struggling with substance use disorder it can seem unmanageable. Project HOPE Angels take on that challenge and can be the difference between continued substance use or accessing treatment."

Amplified by the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine's opiate and substance use crisis continues to impact individuals, families and communities, with many areas experiencing their highest drug overdose numbers to date. Increasingly alarmed by the continued increase in opioid overdoses and deaths in the region, Ellsworth City Manager and Police Chief Glenn Mosier is working with Healthy Acadia to boost awareness and utilization of Project HOPE's services and to raise much needed funds for the program. "I just wish more folks would take advantage of all we offer' said Mosier.

Project HOPE accepts participants at the Ellsworth Police Department. Walk-ins are accepted but phone calls in advance are encouraged. Participants are screened during an initial intake session and paired with a volunteer "Angel" who will work to help find an appropriate treatment program and/or recovery supports. Participants are encouraged to turn in their drugs and paraphernalia and will not be penalized for doing so.

To learn more about Project HOPE, connect with any Ellsworth Police Officer or contact Tracy Crossman via email, or by calling 610-0386. To connect with Project HOPE call the Ellsworth Police Department at 207-667-2168 and ask for Project HOPE assistance.

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Tip-A-Cop at Helen's Restaurant for Project HOPE

There was a whole lot of serving of delicious food and mouth-watering drinks at Helen's Restaurant on Monday night, April 11th, by members of the Ellsworth Police Department and friends. Thanks to the generosity of a hungry, thirsty and patient customers $3500 was raised to support Project HOPE.