FRAMINGHAM – Framingham FORCE is holding a community vigil on Saturday, December 1 in the City of Framingham to remember those who lost their lives due to substance use disorder and support their families.
The Vigil will start inside Scott Hall at First Parish in Framingham Church on Vernon Street at 4 p.m.
Attendees will hear from those who have lost their loved ones.
Then, attendees will proceed to the Framingham Centre Common to place flags representing every individual who lost their life in Massachusetts in 2017 due to the opioid epidemic.
Local Framingham advocates and community members formed Framingham FORCE, a group focused on increasing awareness and compassion surrounding the opioid epidemic, as well as supporting individuals in recovery, earlier this month.
“Too many lives have been lost to this epidemic but there is recovery and hope too. My daughter and Joan’s son are living proof. We wanted to create an organization which brings the community together to honor and remember those lost, provide education for families and individuals, and celebrate those that have overcome this insidious disease,” said FORCE founder Cathy Miles.
The group’s mission is to be a force in our community to combat our opioid epidemic through compassion, education and advocacy.
Framingham FORCE is fortunate that the Framingham Board of Health has agreed to be our fiscal agent which will enable the group to apply for funding and grants, said Miles.
Members of the group include: Tania Calder, Mary Kate Feeney, Lynn Johnson Grynkewicz, Joan Grzywna, George King, Cathy Miles, Esta Montano, Diane Montgomery, and John Stefanini.