Hope Not Handcuffs volunteer trainings offered this month

A program that helps people with addictions onto the path of recovery will offer training for “angel” volunteers on August 8 and 29.

Farmington Public Safety and Farmington Hills Police Departments are among several local agencies participating in Hope Not Handcuffs, created by Families Against Narcotics (FAN). Through the program, anyone suffering from addiction can contact any participating department, typically any time of day, and ask for help.

Volunteers help with paperwork and locating a treatment facility, while providing support and compassion. When a treatment facility is found, the Angel and a Hope Not Handcuffs coordinator assist with finding a safe way to get there.

The South Lyon and Wixom Police Department also participate in the program, and the Novi Police Department will be joining soon. Other Oakland County police departments may soon be in need of volunteer Angels as well.

If you live within a 20 or 30 minute drive of these departments and are interested in becoming an Angel, write to Pam Blair at pam@hopenothandcuffs.com to learn more.

The August 8 training, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will be held at the Novi Police Department. The Wednesday, August 29 training will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at New Hudson United Methodist Church. For more information or to sign up for Angel training, visit familiesagainstnarcotics.org/hopenothandcuffs.

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