Emma’s Circle hopes to help families affected by addiction

Emma’s Circle hopes to help families affected by addiction


COIN — MIKE CRONIN JOINS US WITH MORE ON THE STORY. MIKE: A GRASSROOTS GROUP IS HELPING TO GET THIS NEW ORGANIZATION GOING WITH THE GOAL OF HELPING MORE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY ADDICTION. JENNIFER PAONE HAS BEEN CARING FOR HER 7-YEAR-OLD NIECE EMMA.>>SHE HAS LOST HER FATHER TO ADDICTION AND HER MOTHER IS NO LONGER IN HER LIFE BECAUSE OF HER OWN STRUGGLES WITH HER ADDICTION. MIKE: HER STORY IS THE INSPIRATION FOR A NEW SUPPORT GROUP CALLED EMMA’S CIRCLE WHICH IS OPEN TO CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WHO’S PARENTS STRUGGLE OR HAVE DIED FROM ADDICTION.>>THERE IS DEFINITELY A GROWING NEED FOR THESE FAMILIES AND THE CHILDREN. MIKE THE GROUP’S FIRST MEETING : WAS TONIGHT AT KEENE SERENITY CENTER. IT’LL GET TOGETHER EVERY OTHER WEEK TO PROVIDE A JUDGEMENT FREE ENVIRONMENT FOR THOSE WHO ARE TAKING IN OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN.>>THE PEOPLE THAT ARE RAISING THEM DON’T HAVE A LOT OF RESOURCES AND DON’T HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT SO THAT WAS MY GOAL. I’VE BEEN THROUGH THIS AND IF I CAN OFFER SOME HELP TO OTHER FAMILIES, THAT MAKES WHAT I’VE GONE THROUGH A LITTLE EASIER TO COPE WITH. MIKE: IN A NEW WMUR GRANITE STATE POLL MORE THAN HALF OF NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS ABUSED HEROIN OR SIMILAR DEADLY DRUGS. DURING NEWS9’S 5:00 NEWSCAST MANCHESTER’S POLICE CHIEF SAID THEY’RE LOSING THE BATTLE.>>I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER BEEN AS DISHEARTENED AS A POLICE OFFICER IN ANY ENDEAVOR OR ISSUE I’VE EVER TRIED TO TACKLE PROFESSIONALLY. MIKE WHILE ADDRESSING THE : PROBLEM IS COMPLEX ORGANIZERS OF EMMA’S CIRCLE HOPE TO PROVIDE SOME ASSISTANCE.>>THIS IS AVAILABLE FOR THEM. THE SUPPORT IS HERE. AND HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE OTHER THINGS THAT GROW OUT OF IT FOR OTHER NEEDS THAT COME ABOUT THROUGH THIS. MIKE: IT WAS A SMALL TURNOUT AT TONIGHT’S MEETING BUT ORGANIZERS SAY THEY’VE HEARD FROM OTHERS WHO JUST FELT UNEASY TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUE. THEY’RE HOPING IT BECOMES A STABLE GROUP AND SAY THEY’D LIKE TO GET FUNDING TO GROW THE

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