Harbin Hero Highlight: Living Proof Recovery

What began at a recovery symposium at a local church has grown into a group offering tons of needed services to people suffering from substance abuse and to help them recover and reintegrate into society.

“We were at a recovery symposium at Journey church last May and we asked people what kind of things they need to help them during a recovery program,” Claudia Hamilton, Executive Director for Living Proof Recovery, says. “We took all that feedback and incorporated it into starting Living Proof Recovery.”

The organization which has been operational since August 2016, offers services to those recovering from substance abuse including free legal service, a computer lab, yoga classes and free child care along with multiple support groups.

“Our main purpose is to help maintain the long term recovery needs for our community through training, advocacy, peer support and spiritual guidance,” Hamilton says. “We want to be able to integrate people struggling with addiction recover and get back into the world.”

You can find out more information about Living Proof Recovery at their web site www.livingproofrecovery.org.

Of all the groups represented in the 2017 Harbin Hero Challenge, Living Proof Recovery showed perhaps the most tenacity. The group didn’t get its first social media nomination until the day before the contest ended but over the final 24 hours, the group tallied enough social media support to jump from the bottom of the list to a spot in the top five.

“We didn’t find out about the Harbin Hero Challenge until the day before the nominating contest ended,” Hamilton says. “We told everyone we knew about it and it was just sort of miraculous that we were able to get enough support.”

And Hamilton believes the Harbin Hero Hustle 5K and health walk is a perfect activity for the people they help.

“When you are in recovery, you are looking for things to do,” she says. “This is a great activity that’s healthy and great for the community. We are looking forward to getting out and being involved.”

To vote for Living Proof Recovery for the Harbin Hero Challenge, select them as your charity of choice on the online race registration form at www.rfpra.com/herohustle.

Race-day registrants will be able to select Living Proof Recovery on their registration forms, and costume contest winners may select them at the race for additional points.

The five 2017 Harbin Hero Challenge charities are The Sweet Cocoon, The YMCA of Rome, Floyd County CASA, Summit Quest and Living Proof Recovery. Each charity will receive $500 from Harbin Clinic and the organization with the most votes will receive an additional $1,000.