(August 8, 2018)
New federal funding will support opioid response in Indiana communities, reports ABC157. From a $1.25 million grant, the Indiana Youth Institute will fund Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County (BBBS). BBBS mentors children one-on-one with community volunteers, and will receive up to $60,000 through 2022. Those funds will train volunteers to better serve children and families harmed by opioid addiction.
Menessah Nelson, Executive Director of BBBS Elkhart County, hopes to support children harmed by opioid abuse. “We don’t often get those opportunities to have these specific trainings, and for us to have the grant allows us to really reach out and work together,” he said. BBBS served 124 volunteer-to-child matches in Elkhart County last year, but because of the new funding, it may impact nearly 300 children and families. The agency receives the grant this month and will begin its training in early September.