Vernon Youth Action Group to ‘change the face of addiction’ at Saturday’s walk

Vernon. The Vernon Coalition and its Youth Action Group ask for support in helping people with substance abuse disorders find their way to recovery.

28 Jul 2020 | 12:56

The Vernon Coalition is asking the community to support its Youth Action Group as they walk to make a difference.

The annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Vernon Township High School track. The walk was founded by two Sussex County families, whose sons Eric and George lost their fight with addiction. Since its founding, the walk has grown into a community wide event that allows people to remember loved ones, celebrate recovery and provide hope for the future.

“Recovery is real for people with substance use disorders and our whole community benefits when we make recovery more accessible and attainable,” says the Vernon Coalition.

To help the cause, become a sponsor at Bagels will be provided to all who would like to attend.

The Center for Prevention and Counseling provides a wide variety of programs and supports for people to recover. “Our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends who thrive in recovery then become the foundation for others to find hope, healing and a pathway forward,” the Coalition says. “Due to COVID-19, we are unable to meet in person as a large group this year. Instead, we are hoping to walk together as a Coalition.”

Three ways to help:
Join Saturday’s walk at Vernon Township High School.
Print out this sign (, write why you walk on it, and send a selfie to Lisa so she can post it on the Center for Prevention’s Instagram and Facebook pages. Her email is
Help raise money for the walk. Share this link where anyone mah donate: Team Vernon Coalition’s goal is $250.