Recovery center hosts fundraiser to help with expanding safety measures and services

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The pandemic has made substance recovery efforts more difficult than ever before.  A local recovery center has reopened and they have safe ways they’re getting people the treatment they need.

According to the La Crosse County medical examiner 30 people died of overdoses in La Crosse County so far in 2020.

“We know that there have been a number of overdoses in the community and we really wanted to reach out and remind people that we are available 24/7 for people if they need help,” said Cheryl Hancock, Executive Director at the Coulee Recovery Center.

The Coulee Recovery Center is slowly making progress toward their safe reopening.

“Many of our services have shifted online, but beginning in May we started to have in-person meetings,” said Hancock.

She said these in-person meetings are critical to the recovery process, because being surrounded by others can serve as support and encouragement.

“At the height of our programming before COVID hit, we were having 130 support group meetings a month,” said Hancock.

Hancock says, now there are a little over 50 in-person meetings at the center per month.

“We are concerned about what’s happening in the community, because of people being isolated due to COVID. And coming to Coulee was a big part for a lot of people’s recovery, so we are trying to do the best we can,” said Hancock.

To continue giving people the treatment they need, it costs money, which the center is finding itself a little short on.

Hancock says they’ve received grant money, and they plan to purchase Plexiglas to expand safety precautions. They also intend to purchase Chromebooks so those in recovery who have been unable to join meetings via Zoom meetings will now have that opportunity.

To raise more funds for the non-profit during this strenuous time, the Coulee Recovery Center is hosting a drive-thru fundraiser this Saturday, September 26. The organization will be selling brats and hotdogs at Myrick Park, from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M., or until the food runs out. The money raised will be put toward helping those seeking recovery and increased safety measures throughout the center.