January 15, 2015 by  
Filed under What's New

We’re happy you found us.

We have been busy relaunching Faith Partners as an independent nonprofit. With this new website we want to reassure you we are moving forward, committed to continuing our work of initiating, nurturing and sustaining the faith community’s efforts to address alcohol, drug, and addiction issues.

For five years we collaborated with the Johnson Institute, functioning as the Rush Center of Johnson Institute. During those years we hosted a national summit and expanded our efforts. We are grateful we had this opportunity. And when the Johnson Institute closed their doors the end of February we knew we wanted to continue this important work. So our trademark name for our teams – Faith Partners teams – became our organization’s name again. Our location didn’t change, though – we are still in Austin, Texas, where the teams began over 20 years ago.

It is a challenging yet exciting time for us.

This year we received a grant from the Center on Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to enhance our evaluation capacity. We are working with wonderful colleagues – friends from the University of Texas School of Social Work and staff from the Gulf Coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) to carry out this effort. Our hope is to become an evidenced based environmental strategy. Thanks to our teams for their dedication to this process, particularly the scheduling of a second congregational survey.

Other exciting things are happening.

We recently participated in a webinar with our friends and colleagues from Harford County, MD, Faith-Based Coalition, thanks to Michael Koscinski from SAMHSA.  It was a new and good experience for us, using this method to reach others interested in faith community involvement with coalitions. We’ve posted that online here under the topic,  Awareness. We will also make a presentation at the mid year CADCA conference in Louisville this summer.

Our work is cut out for us.

The faith community has an important role to play in prevention and addiction recovery support. Congregations who have connected to community resources including community coalitions are in a better position to help the people they serve find the resources and services they need. Clergy are aware, lay people come with expertise and life experience and with training and support we can mobilize the religious community to be a big part of the solution to this challenging problem.

Lastly, we want to thank KD & Company for their generous technical assistance and support, under the direction of Rick Drewien. Thanks to Rick, facilitator for the Mt Zion United Methodist Church Faith Partners team in Marietta, GA, for all that he has done to help us launch this website. Rick has provided important leadership for his team and this site would not be possible without the many hours of expertise he has given us out of his passion for this ministry.

Take your time reading through this site and learn what others are doing. It is not only possible but many of our teams are making a big difference. Won’t you let us know what you are doing and how we might support you?