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Project Live Hosting Open House at New Office
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

            Project Live UP is celebrating one year of activity in the Valley by stepping up its game in the battle against substance misuse disorder. 

            This Saturday, Project Live UP members will greet the community at an Open House from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the former Senior Center, across the street from the Upper Perkiomen Middle School.

            The event will preview the opening of an office in what is now The Center at the Open Link on Jefferson St. in East Greenville.

            Senator Bob Mensch, Kim Porter of "Be a Part of the Conversation", Christine McCloskey of the Upper Perk School District, community member Kellie Myers and Project Live UP's Executive Director Cathy Fried will offer brief remarks. Displays and snack food will be available. A mini-grant from Montgomery County is helping to defray the expenses of Saturday's event.

            "There will be informational tables, some games, meeting those who will staff the office, information concerning what our office will provide to the community," explained Fried.

            Project Live UP was created to battle the scourge of substance abuse in the Valley by working to prevent children from getting involved with drugs, supporting those in recovery and helping family and friends struggling to cope with a loved one's disorder.

            "You are not alone" is the organization's theme of hope.

            Starting in July, there will now be a tangible location where community members can talk to volunteers who have been recently trained as mentors, participate in a weekly recovery group, and attend monthly meetings for families dealing with substance misuse disorder (formerly referred to as addiction).

            To accomplish these goals, Project Live UP has partnered with PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization - Achieving Community Together) and The Open Link.

            The former trained ten Project Live UP members as mentors and will continue overseeing the mentors and group facilitators and offer continuing training.

            "By partnering with PRO-ACT, Project Live is able to move to a high level of programming and trained members in order to quickly respond to the opioid [and other drug misuse] crisis," said Will Pike, Project Live UP's president.

            Now, thanks to The Open Link, there is a place meetings can be held. The office will be open on a part-time basis. The days and hours will be announced later this month.

            "The Open Link has been highly supportive of Project Live's purpose and mission from the beginning," noted Fried.

            Stuart Bush, Executive Director of The Open Link, was happy to join forces with Project Live, especially because Project Live is filling a gap left by Youth and Family Services (YFS), which ceased operation in 2012.

            YFS, among other things, provided drug and alcohol counseling, family counseling and mentorship programs.

            "The Open Link continues to look for ways to partner to bring back some of the capability lost with the closing of YFS," Bush wrote in an email. 

            "We see Project Live as part of the answer to this need.  We look forward to partnering with Project Live by providing space as well as services to PL program participants (high school equivalency, employment, food, financial counseling, etc.) Further, we hope to partner with PL and behavioral health providers such as Creative Health and Penn Foundation to bring sufficient [drug and alcohol] counseling back to UPV."

            Project Live UP has been active in the Valley since holding its first event at an Upper Perk football game in September, a memorial for Valley residents who have died from overdoses.

            The organization has held educational events for elementary school children and for parents, several at the Upper Perk YMCA. Members helped to refurbish the skate park in East Greenville and have staffed informational tables at many events in the Valley. A partnership with high school organizations and students aimed at getting them involved in the fight against substance abuse continues to develop.

            Project Live UP's general meetings on the third Monday of each month are open to the public. They start at 7 p.m. The next meeting is this coming Monday.

            Visit the website at and the Facebook page: upperkprojectlive. 





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