JULIAN - Children's Home Society of West Virginia and Generations Saved combined efforts last week to host an event at Water Ways in Julian to serve the community.
Generations Saved, a primary prevention project, set out to slow down the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) rate while promoting healing through the arts.
Tess Myers with Generations Saved spoke about what the event meant to her organization.
"We were at a meeting and Michelle Ford with the Children's Home Society of West Virginia were holding this event we decided to partner up and combine our efforts," she said. "We're on a mission to find qualified foster parents and promote healing through the arts."
Myers said events like the one she held last week, called "Music Through the Madness," have brought positive feedback from the community.
"We have a lot of people that are beginning to understand the healing power of it," she said. "We've seen musicians who haven't played in years come out and play. We are going to start recovery groups and start utilizing the arts there so we can be more structured. This was our fifth Music Through the Madness event and will be our last one this year. We'll start to focus more on our recovery groups in the fall."
Ford said the turnout for the event was encouraging and she was able to identify some potential foster parents throughout the evening while sharing a meal with attendees and watching the children swim at the facilities. Brochures and other information were available, as were staffers to answer questions.
A free concert was provided by The Band Wagon. Follow both organizations on Facebook and visit the Children's Home Society of West Virginia at childhswv.org.
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