Symposium seeks addiction recovery solutions

A symposium is scheduled for later this month that will seek to create a blueprint for improving long-term substance abuse recovery efforts in Pasco County. The Recover Out Loud Pasco Symposium is set for Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. Admission is free. The symposium is being organized by Recovery Epicenter … [Read more...]

A home welcomes Zephyrhills’ impoverished

There’s an open-door policy to whomever walks in the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills Inc., with economic struggles weighing them down. The organization has become a fixture in Zephyrhills to combat the continuing cycle of homelessness. Established in 2008, the agency was in response to those already living on the streets, or on the verge. Roxxy Geisenheimer is the executive director … [Read more...]

Seniors need be wary of scams

Donna Moses could share stories for hours about the many financial scams that have ensnared local senior citizens. Moses has seen just about everything in her work as Suncoast Credit Union’s lead member victim advocate in risk management. Such scams probably aren’t going away anytime soon, Moses said during her talk as the featured guest speaker at the May breakfast meeting of the Greater … [Read more...]

Help is available for domestic abuse survivors, experts say

There are resources available to help survivors of domestic abuse, according to a panel of speakers who talked on the theme of “Safety and Access” on May 6 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library. The panel discussion was organized by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women, and supported by the Pasco County Commission. It was the third in a series of three seminars aimed at … [Read more...]

Addiction recovery community organization forming in Pasco

New long-term addiction recovery services may soon be headed to Pasco County, by way of what’s called a Recovery Community Organization. A Recovery Community Organization, otherwise known as an RCO, is an independent, nonprofit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery, which organizes recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carries out … [Read more...]

Sex-trafficked girls will soon have a sanctuary

The Tampa charity Bridging Freedom, which helps child victims of human trafficking, is developing a therapeutic safe house campus community at an undisclosed location in Pasco County. It will begin to accept girls this spring, once its first safe house is completed. The Bridging Freedom campus— situated on nearly 100 acres of donated land—will ultimately encompass seven homes, a lodge … [Read more...]

When it comes to helping the homeless, she’s not too proud to beg

In her previous role, Carol Scheckler delivered warm greetings to people when they dropped in at the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. But she stepped away from her job as administrative assistant at the chamber in May, and has since become president of The Samaritan Project, based in Zephyrhills. The chamber job, she said, was her paycheck. The Samaritan job doesn’t pay Scheckler … [Read more...]