Addiction and recovery
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A group of artists, organizations, treatment facilities and community members will gather Friday for the 4th annual Tree of Hope coffeehouse event, dedicated to raising money for addiction recovery support services in and near Cumberland County.

The Southwest Council, a nonprofit health agency serving Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties, will put on the event, open to community members, at Cumberland County Community Church in Millville in a coffeehouse format to celebrate recovery and commemorate lives lost to addiction.

The event will feature live music performed by a number of musical guests, coffee, food and more to raise awareness and money for the support services as well as combat stigma associated with addiction and people who have substance-use disorders.

Raised funds will go to services such as sustaining volunteer recovery coach programs. Organizers will appoint 14 newly trained peer recovery coaches at the Tree of Hope event.

The event is free to attend and donations are encouraged. Attendees can also buy commemorative ornaments to honor their loved ones suffering from addiction, in recovery or those who lost their lives to an overdose.

The coffeehouse event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church, 1800 E. Broad Street, Millville. Register for the event at or on Evenbrite here.

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Previously interned and reported for, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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