Be Part of the Solution Encourages Chautauqua Gran Fondo Participation

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Since the death last February of her 26-year-old son, Alex Foulk, Kim Carlson has worked tirelessly to bring awareness of drug addiction and removing the stigma associated with addiction to the local community.
As leader of Be Part of the Solution, a group she created to help tackle this crisis, she is encouraging participation in the Chautauqua Gran Fondo in Mayville, New York, on Saturday, August 27.

“I believe that if we all come together and do a little bit, we can make a difference,” Carlson said. “Right now that ‘little bit’ can be having a fun day bicycling around our beautiful county.”

Along with SWCS Education Foundation and the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund, the Gran Fondo benefits the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, a peer-run organization offering support services to people with substance addiction and all other forms of mental health diagnosis.

Promoting acceptance and recovery principles, the Mental Health Association (MHA) is staffed by recovery coaches, trained individuals who are recovering from mental health diagnosis, most from substance abuse. In addition to one-on-one meetings with recovery coaches, the MHA also offers more than two dozen peer support groups. At these weekly meetings men and women come in and talk with others across a wide range of concerns. All services and programs are offered free of charge.

Carlson’s primary focus is on the need for prevention and bringing transitional housing to Jamestown, so addicts aren’t told they have to leave the community to get help. She established the Alex George Gregory Foulk Memorial Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to help address both these issues. The fund will be used toward transitional housing and to support the prevention work of CASAC, the Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council.

More information about the Chautauqua Gran Fondo is online at Facebook and www.chautauquagranfondo.com.

To learn more about the Mental Health Association, call (716) 661-9044 or visit www.mhachautauqua.org or www.facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.