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As Opioid Deaths Skyrocket in Staten Island, Catholic Charities Fights Back

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Saves Carl’s House Recovery Center from Closing

Discovered dead in on bathroom floors, front lawns, and ferries to and from Staten Island, addicts are dying in record numbers in this borough with the unwanted distinction as the epicenter of the heroin and opioid crisis. Unintentional overdose deaths jumped 31-percent, according to the New York City Health Department’s latest statistics, marking the sixth consecutive year overdose deaths increased, a reality Catholic Charities NY refuses to ignore.   

So when Carl’s House, a Staten Island addiction recovery center faced funding shortfalls that put it on the verge of closing, Catholic Charities of Staten Island stepped in.  Vincent Ignizio, CEO of Catholic Charities Staten Island joined with fellow Catholic Charities and Staten Island officials on Monday, April 30, to announce the formal launching of Carl’s Recovery Center.

“We are committed to helping Staten Islanders struggling with addiction, Mr. Ignizio said at the event held at the recovery center’s new ground in Mount Loretto. 

In fact, Catholic Charities is so committed that services are provided free of charge, thanks to a partnership between Catholic Charities Staten Island and the local nonprofit organization The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund.

Carl’s Recovery offers free:

  • Peer-to-peer counseling
  • Rehab placement
  • Interventions
  • NARCAN training
  • Meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous
  • Family group sessions
  • Access to treatment options including detox, rehab, out-patient and sober-living facilities

“Now under the leadership of Catholic Charities of Staten Island,” said Marco DiDonna, Founder of Carl’s House, “Carl’s Recovery Center will not only be able to offer more services but also reach more people affected by the disease of addiction.”

Do you or someone you know struggle with addiction?  Catholic Charities NY offers free and low-cost heroin, alcohol, opioid and other addiction services throughout the New York area.

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