Published on April 01, 2022
Honor given to benefactors Kevin and Robin Gannon, who donated $100,000
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon led a day-long symposium celebrating the 5and Anniversary of Morris County Hope One, a groundbreaking support program to help people struggling with addiction that inspired Hope One programs in New Jersey and around the country.
The symposium, which drew around 200 attendees, included the Morris County Board of Commissioners’ presentation of an “honorary resolution” to Kevin and Robin Gannon of Toms River, who donated $100,000 to support the Morris Count Hope One program. Commissioner-Director Tayfun Selen, Deputy Director John Krickus and Commissioner Deborah Smith presented the honor during a morning portion of the program which took place at Dolan Hall at Saint Elizabeth University in Convent Station.
“Their generosity is literally unmatched. We are both very grateful and hopeful. We hope others will recognize this generosity and take note of the unique work done by Hope One. This program has inspired the creation of Hope One programs in New Jersey and across the country,” Selen said.
Kevin Gannon is Sheriff Gannon’s brother. Kevin grew up in Boonton Township and Robin grew up in Lake Hiawatha.
“The sense of civic duty demonstrated by Kevin and Robin is clearly a family thing. The Sheriff has redefined the duties of law enforcement in Morris County by focusing not only on public safety, but also on crime prevention through human services outreach,” Commissioner Krickus said. .
Hope One sends trained addiction service professionals into the community, via a mobile recovery unit, where they meet people in need of addiction services and who are at risk of overdose. The Hope One team connects people they meet with treatment services and trains citizens on how to deal with someone who is overdosing, particularly on using Narcan to resuscitate victims. of an overdose.
Sheriff Gannon noted Hope One was born in Morris County in April 2017 and credited Cpl. Erica Valvano on her team to drive the project and be the driving force behind Hope One. He described the program as a “recovery and mental health initiative”, explaining that the Hope One team works closely with people affected by the opioid epidemic, then shares lessons learned to inspire others. other agencies to replicate the program.
Morris County Hope One celebrates its fifth anniversary with over 27,000 community contacts and over 5,000 people trained in the use of life-saving Narcan.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Morris County Department of Social Services, the Mental Health Association and the Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES), equips the Hope One Unit with a Sheriff’s Officer in civilian clothes, a certified peer. Mental health specialist and professional.
Yesterday, the symposium was joined by operators of the Hope One programs that have developed in Newark and Atlantic counties, Burlington, Cape May, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Passaic and Warren.
The symposium was moderated by Brian Thompson of NBC TV News, and he was joined by Morris County Attorney Robert Carroll, Dr. Gary B. Crosby of Saint Elizabeth University, Assistant Attorney General Craig Sashihara, who is also an attorney for NJ CARES and Kevin Coyle. New Jersey State Police Drug Watch Initiative.
Speakers throughout the day included people who have experienced addiction and professionals who work in peer counselling, Hope One programs and mental health screening.
Top Right: Standing with the ‘Honour Resolution’ (left to right) are Superintendent Selen, Sheriff Gannon, Kevin and Robin Gannon, Deputy Superintendent Krickus, and Superintendent Smith.
Top left: Attorney Carroll enjoys the symposium with NBC TV News moderator Brian Thompson.
Center right: Director Selen, on the podium, waves to Robin Gannon as she approaches to accept Morris County’s “honourary resolution” for the $100,000 contribution she and her husband, Kevin, (pictured walking behind her) donated to Morris County Hope One. Also pictured are Sheriff James M. Gannon and (behind Warden Selen) Brian Thompson.
Bottom left: Among the speakers at the symposium was Assistant Attorney General Craig Sashihara, who is also an attorney for NJ CARES, which helps low- to middle-income families pay for child care.