On July 10, 2018, Jim Perdue, retired Probate Judge of Crenshaw County and current Regional Director for Senator Doug Jones, visited the Council On Substance Abuse-NCADD’s new HOPE Recovery Community Center in Montgomery, Alabama.
The COSA HOPE Recovery Community Center provides services to various populations including individuals in the often forgotten rural communities. Perdue, a native of Luverne, Alabama, is the former commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health and realizes the importance of helping individuals and their families who are affected by mental illness and alcohol and substance abuse issues. “I’m from Luverne,” Perdue said. “And I know there is much work that needs to be done to combat substance abuse issues in these rural areas.”
During his tour of the HOPE Center Perdue met with Shereda Finch, COSA-NCADD Executive Director; Beverly Toodle, Hope Center Director and Lige’ Shears, Recovery Services Director.
“The meeting was very interesting,” said Shears. “Judge Perdue was not only interested in the services we provide and the people we help, but he also wanted to know how he too could become involved in assisting COSA.”
Perdue and the COSA-NCADD staff openly discussed topics such as housing and employment assistance, recovery planning, transportation,alcohol and substance abuse and life skills development for people in recovery. HOPE Center Director Toodle indicated that it is important that COSA-NCADD maintain a healthy, progressive relationship with local, state and national elected officials.
Toodle added, “I feel good about the meeting. I think it was very beneficial for Judge Perdue, the COSA HOPE Recovery Community Center, but most importantly the individuals who need our services.”
The COSA HOPE Recovery Community Center is located at 3447 McGehee Road, Suite F, Montgomery, Alabama 36111. To schedule a tour of the center or for more information on services provided call 334-262-7477.