Despite freezing temperatures, people lined up by 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 29 for the CAHS “Driving Into Recovery” event at the Frank Sotile, Jr. Pavilion in Donaldsonville.
Nearly 150 vehicles passed through the pavilion where CAHS’ Prevention staff and community partners distributed important information about substance misuse, prevention, and recovery.
Attendees also received Narcan kits (opioid overdose reversal agent), food boxes, and other resources from community partners, including the Donaldsonville Library, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, CAHS’ Louisiana Spirit program, the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Aetna, and Louisiana Healthcare Connections.
Personnel from Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center administered COVID vaccines and booster shots to attendees and issued $100 gift cards to individuals who received their first vaccine.
Pictured (l-r): CAHS Prevention Project Coordinator Ricki (Davis) Robinson; Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Sr.; Ascension Parish School Board Member Robyn Penn Delaney; and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Captain Darryl Smith.
Special thanks to Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Sr. who promoted the event on Facebook and radio and worked as a volunteer; Rachael Wilkinson, CAHS Board Member and Director of the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, who secured the pavilion and established the traffic routes; Ascension Parish Council Member Alvin “Coach” Thomas, Jr.; and CAHS Board Member Dwayne Bailey.