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More than 100 people walk in support of others

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On Sunday in Shamokin, more than 100 individuals participated in the third annual Recovery Walk to raise money for The Oasis Community Recovery Club.

The Oasis Community Recovery Club is dedicated to giving sober individuals the chance to socialize in a "no pressure" environment, provide them the opportunity to serve in their community, and raise awareness of and connect them with resources for maintaining sober.

A street fair with entertainment, food, and games was also part of the event. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the organization to have a difficult beginning, but Brandy Yasenchak, the board treasurer, said membership has increased over the last three years.

It hasn't expanded as much as they'd like.  However, this is their primary annual fundraiser. The event's earnings aid in paying the rent and utility bills for the club's facility. T-shirt sales are another ongoing fundraiser for them.

The founder and board of directors president of the nonprofit organization, Danielle Houtz, claimed that a necessity gave to the idea for The Oasis. The majority of the board members have friends or family members who struggle with addiction.

She claimed that it was a secure environment where people could interact and engage in activities that were different from what they had previously done.

They decided to bring the concept closer to home after learning about the 521 Club in Lancaster. The sober club, according to Yasenchak, gives people in recovery an opportunity to relax and enjoy games like pinball, shuffleboard, video games, pool, ping-pong, and more.

In addition to hosting holiday parties, they also hold game evenings and Sunday football. They host events the night before Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as a celebration on New Year's Eve every year.

Along with a fitness space, a snack area, and a recently installed food pantry, there are also areas equipped with work/study stations, online access, and printers. The walls and pillars all around the chamber are decorated with proverbs and words of inspiration.

But it's not just about having fun and playing games. A Certified Recovery Specialist is also present when The Oasis is open. A CRS is a trained peer who has overcome addiction to drugs and/or alcohol and can assist others as they enter and progress through the recovery process.

Currently, Oasis holds meetings every day of the week. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Naranon, and Family Mentorship groups are available.

The Oasis is a resource in her community, according to Carrie Feudale of Shamokin. Feudale, who is in recovery, stated that she visits there twice weekly. It's so beneficial for a small community to have a place where residents can gather, be open, and feel included.

They provide so many wonderful things, such as an open door and assistance to those who lack it. They help you with everything and do a terrific job of getting you back on your feet. Shamokin-born Beth Rovenolt now resides in Lititz.

In November, it will be her son Josh's second memorial service. Although she was unable to attend this year's walk, she still supports The Oasis's work.

Rovenolt went to a meeting where a guest speaker had been in recovery for 30 years. There were roughly twelve persons present. Some of the Mifflinburg girls hade down and told their stories. She briefly realized how stressful these meetings were for Josh.

Although she acknowledged that no town is immune to the effects of drugs, Northumberland County has high numbers.

They must work more to assist those who are struggling with addiction. For people who are recovering, secure, clean space is required. A   location that not only provides AA, NA, and Al-Anon meetings but also a place to play pool or watch the Super Bowl without the pressure of alcohol. The Oasis Club is valuable because it demonstrates concern.

Notifications and meeting schedules are updated as frequently as possible. The dates, times, and availability of CRS are listed on the calendar. Visit the website at www.oasis4recovery.com for more details about The Oasis Community Recovery Club or times of meetings and events.

 
 
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