Beach House Provides 12 Scholarships for Opiate Treatment in “12 Days of Giving”Anna Ciulla
When two local moms, Cindy Singer and Staci Katz, recently started a “Go Fund Me” campaign to help recovering opiate addicts just out of treatment get back on their feet again, Beach House lent a helping hand— with 12 scholarships, each of which provides 14 days of opiate detox and stabilization to someone for whom treatment would otherwise not be an option.
Beach House’s “12 Days of Giving” was the product of “two good forces coming together to make good things happen over the holidays,” in the words of Micah Robbins. Robbins, a member of the Beach House team, met Singer and Katz through their shared involvement on the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness coalition, and after learning about what the two mothers were up to, connected them with Beach House.
Since its launch earlier this week, the new partnership has already resulted in seven people accepting scholarships to get sober and stabilized in the direction of recovery.
12 Days of Giving will continue through December 19, which is when Rory, who died from a heroin and fentanyl overdose two years ago, would have turned 31. His mother Singer and her friend Katz, whose son Dillon is in early recovery from a nearly 10-year struggle with opiate addiction, started their online fundraising effort in honor of Rory and Dillon. The goal is to raise $10,000 by Rory’s birthday, as a way to support young people in recovery from opiate addiction.
Donations collected through Go Fund Me will help provide basic living supplies, like food, clothes, toiletries, and bed linens, to those who have completed opiate treatment and are transitioning into a sober living environment. More than $4,000 has been raised thus far.
“It’s a difficult transition to get into treatment, sober living or recovery,” Katz explained. In addition to supporting the transition into sober living, she and Singer feel good about the fact that now, thanks to Beach House’s involvement, there are resources in place to support the transition into treatment for more people who need it.
A number of these people have approached Singer asking for help. One of them, a young father of two, is now in treatment thanks to a Beach House scholarship. “I asked him, ‘What’s motivating you to get clean?,’” Singer recalled. “He said, ‘I’m sick and tired of living this life’”—at which point Singer told him about her son Rory. “I said, ‘In honor of my son, I really hope you take this opportunity to get clean.’”
It’s through encounters like this one—helping one more young person find hope and healing in an epidemic that is killing more than 50,000 Americans each year—that Singer is keeping her late son’s legacy alive: “I can hear my son saying, ‘Go, Mom, go!,’” she said, adding that “Rory was one of a kind.”