So, what’s new in your world?
In January, the Winooski Coalition held its fourth event relating to opiates in Winooski. This event was created to help continue to develop a shared understanding of the problem, knowing that defining it is key to finding solutions. Four middle school students who participate in the Winooski Coalition’s Above-the-Influence group attended along with community leaders and members. The take-away for me was again, the humble acknowledgment by community members of a tough issue in Winooski and the understanding of the approach required to improve: multi-sector, long-term commitment.
What do those solutions look like? Your input will help shape them and is very important. Look forward to getting together again in April at our normal community-dinner time. We plan to work with youth and others and we’ll keep you posted with updates as we go along. (Hey, isn’t it fun to think about mid-April? It might be warmer by then!)