Support Groups for Families Affected by Substance Abuse to Begin


Through the generosity of its many sponsors and community members, Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation will realize its first goal to create support groups for families affected by substance abuse. Valerie Albee, founder of the charity, along with her co-organizer, Ann Youngblood, state,  “We are thankful that the healing process can begin for others and that our vision of being a positive force in the community will be a reality.”

Beginning in July, Together…Positive Approaches, a support group for family members who are currently struggling with a loved one engaged in substance abuse, will form.  Techniques of positive reinforcement to promote recovery of the individual will be stressed.  The initial group will meet on Wednesdays starting July 29th followed by August 12th, 26th.  There is no charge for attendance.   For forms and additional information email:

Additionally, Together…Silent No More, a support group for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one to substance abuse will begin in September. Final details are not complete at this time but inquiries should be emailed to

Meetings will take place at the Ouvert Galley at 207 Talbot Street in St Michaels. The gallery will be closed to the public during the meetings. Jennifer Wagner and Mike Campbell, owners of the Ouvert Gallery, are donating the use of their attractive and welcoming space for the evening gatherings.  “We are happy to be part of this effort which provides families with a support network.” They also envision this as part of the outreach for the movie, “Flashlight Tag” , created by Talleywags Productions, which depicts the life of a local young adult and his struggles with substance abuse.

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