63°F
weather icon Windy

Art show will benefit Living Free’s addiction services

After facing addiction and finding the road to recovery herself, Pahrump resident Shelley Poerio made a decision that changed not just her life, but one that has changed the lives of dozens of others – she founded Living Free Health and Fitness, a nonprofit dedicated to treating addiction with whole-health solutions.

Today, the organization is running strong and Poerio is doing all she can to keep the momentum going. As part of her effort to raise both awareness about her nonprofit’s mission and the cash to fund that mission, she and her team have been hard at work preparing for Living Free’s very first public fundraiser, which is set to take place next Saturday, Oct. 15.

“There is still time to sponsor and buy tickets to Living Free Health’s inaugural ‘Art for Recovery’ Auction fundraiser,” Poerio told the Pahrump Valley Times this week. “I promise you, this will be a very moving experience and we expect to see some tears of joy from attending family members on behalf of their loved ones. We even have two mothers from the women and children’s house speaking and their children will be in attendance.”

The event will take place at the Pahrump Nugget and doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the program kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with testimonies from clients and employees, all of whom are currently in or have graduated from Living Free’s treatment and/or sober living program.

Poerio explained that the funding generated through the Art for Recovery auction will be used to underwrite the free and discounted treatment programs provided by Living Free, as well as for other purposes.

“Other uses of the funds include the adolescent after-school truancy program, buying food, undergarments and personal hygiene products for new admission clients and providing assistance to other local nonprofits whose work dovetails with ours in helping our community members get and stay clean and sober,” Poerio detailed. “Our agency spends tremendous resources in transporting our clients to meet their health, medical and living needs, as well. We also dedicate office space to sober social support and babysitting, and our women and children’s program.

“As you can imagine, despite our having won some grants and getting Medicaid dollars for treatment, there are many expenses and needs that are not reimbursed,” she continued. “And without our faithful donors, many would fall through the cracks. Living Free never hesitates in saying ‘yes’ to helping make our clients and the community whole. We provide the hand-up so that they may become healthy, happy, productive members of their families and community. What we see is that, eventually, such success stories become ambassadors of recovery and find ways they can pay it forward.”

There are already more than half a dozen sponsors for the event, including Shadow Mountain Construction, 2nd Amendment Guns and Range, Matt Sadler with Patriot Podcast, Pahrump Valley Heating and Air, Chad Goins Farmer’s Insurance Agency, Nevada Realty Realtor Tasha Douglas and the Nevada Realty Agency, Bolton Vines LLC and Paul Healey and Sons CPA.

“We also have had a large number of donors who are unable to attend, as well as ticket-buyers intent upon joining the fun and committed to purchasing art, or getting involved in the 50/50 raffle. Join them and us as we listen to stories of redemption, hope, life-change and success. Be inspired. See how our agency is making a huge difference in rural Nevada. Addiction is probably the biggest law enforcement-related and health problem our community faces. We need your help to get people on the right track and keep them there!”

Tickets for the Art for Recovery Auction are $75 each.

For more information or to purchase tickets, stop by Living Free Cafe at 2050 Highway 160, Suite 400, email Shelley@LivingFreeHealth.org or call 775-505-1625.

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at rhebrock@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
A heartwarming Winter Bed Build

The Nye County Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace hosted its very first Winter Community Bed Build last month and group members were not disappointed by the results.

GridLiance proposes transmission line upgrades

GridLiance is planning some major upgrades for its local transmission system and while these could certainly help support solar expansion, company officials stressed that the two proposed projects are in no way dependent upon such development.

NCSO: Two-vehicle collision claims life of Pahrump child

A Pahrump family is mourning the death of a child killed in a two-vehicle collision early Friday evening, Feb. 23. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 160 and Homestead Road just after 8 p.m.

Valley aquifer could reach “critical management” levels by 2055

After many months of painstaking research and calculations, a date has been placed on when the Pahrump Valley’s sole-source aquifer could reach critical management, with officials pegging the timeline at somewhere between the year 2055 and 2060. However, it was emphasized that this is an estimation and with so many variables at play, there is a possibility it could change.

How an injured and abandoned dog in Pahrump overcame the odds

A stray dog that was homeless, hospitalized and facing euthanasia earlier this month is now on the mend thanks to several in the community who helped raise thousands for its life-saving care.

Kellogg Park set for $70k expansion — here are the plans

The town of Pahrump is poised to purchase a parcel adjoining the lands dedicated to Kellogg Park, with a $70,000 offer for the 4.39 acre lot at 3781 E. Santovito St.

Guns, drugs, cash recovered in search could be part of crime ring, sheriff says

Officials from the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Unit are assisting the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest and investigation of a man allegedly found possessing a hoard of guns, drugs and cash, according to Sheriff Joe McGill.

No same-day registration for Nye’s next live tax sale

Nye County is coming up on its next delinquent property tax sale and there is going to be a big change to the process — for the first time, there will be no same-day registration available.