Next Week: Knocking Addiction Out of the Park
Oct 23rd 10AM at Hunter Park we are kicking off our 9th Annual Fall Softball Tourney in memory of Kirk Nichols to bring awareness to Substance Use and Overdose. Every year we are blown away by the support of teams and families that join us to celebrate recovery through a day on the ball field. We are hosting the returning champion team FAFO as well as several other favorites! Monkey Balls, Hammie Sammies, and Base Invaders! We still have openings for teams and we would love to see you there!
This year, to help raise money for the center, we are adding a chance drawing raffle. If you would like to donate items to our raffle please contact Tara Nichols (office: 404-737-2267).
Drug Free Home Initiative:
Last week we installed a safe and environmentally friendly prescription drug disposal system and have already destroyed over 1000 pills. One of the major problems of leaving unused prescriptions in the home is that family or strangers will steal them for resale or abuse. Often individuals will even dispose of them by flushing them down the toilet leaving them to contaminate drinking water. When someone brings their unused prescriptions to our center we are able to help keep drugs from being stolen or misused. Our efforts will help reduce prescriptions being found on the streets and even from contaminating our water system. We are so grateful that we have already made a huge impact for keeping our homes, streets, and earth safe. Please help us by bringing your unwanted prescriptions to the Nichols Center for disposal. Contact us for an appointment or visit during plant shop hours Saturdays 10AM-2PM.
Gardens: Remembrance Garden Dedication
For International Overdose Awareness Day this year, we dedicated the Kirk Nichols Remembrance Garden to families that have experienced loss from mental illness or substance use overdose. Families placed tiles with names from those we have lost to Substance Use Addiction or from Mental Illness. Sitting by the pond is a lovely space for reflection and peace. We are grateful for all of the families that have visited this beautiful space.
Guardians: First Responder Breakfast
Our monthly appreciation breakfast has been a wonderful success every month. Our goal is to help build relationships with the crews as we deliver a hot homecooked meal to each station. This month we were visited from one of these crews and said just how much this actually means to them.
Our next breakfast is November 7th. We are looking for volunteers to help provide supplies or help make deliveries. If you would like to help with this project please contact Tara Nichols (office: 404-737-2267).
Walk Your Way NAMI 5K was Oct. 15th and we had a team of 4 walkers represent from the Nichols Center. We helped raise $400 that will provide resources for the local NAMI emerging affiliate for Douglas County.
Since January 2022, Tara Nichols has been working with community partners to build a leadership team to help bring NAMI Mental Health resources and support for Douglas County. We will have our final steps completed for the National Board by December 2022. Our next steps will include offering the NAMI Family to Family mental health support group class.
More information coming soon.
Notes from Nana - Susie Nichols, aka Plant Nana, has been working tirelessly to prepare the center for the winter months. As people are bringing their plants in from the cold this is the perfect time to consider making a donation to the Living Gift Shop.
Our homeschool families helped us this year create a scarecrow entry for the Cultural Arts Center and you can visit it on display at the CAC. We will be hosting a booth this year at their Chili Cookoff. Please come by and support us. This will be at the O'Neal Plaza Downtown and our booth is by the stage this year.
Susie still has multiple community events where she will be able to share information and our beautiful plants with the community. We are so grateful that she has been on the mend and back at the shop. Before you know it, Santa Shop will be back at the Center and we can't wait for a wonderful season of celebrating with you!
Dates to Remember
Oct. 22nd - Cultural Arts Center Annual - Chili Cookoff O'Neal Plaza
Oct. 23rd - Softball Tournament - Hunter Park
Oct. 25th - Parenting Class - Tara Nichols presenting at Douglasville Police Department
Oct. 29th - Exodus Ranch & Police Department
Nov. 7th - First Responder Breakfast
Nov. 18th - CIT Meeting - Douglas Fire Department Headquarters
Nov. TBD - Friend's Giving for Accountability Courts