The Walk for Hope begins with registration at 8:30 at the Willows Professional Park in North Andover and will feature Irish music performed by Tewksbury’s own Mossie Coughlin. Walk participants will have the opportunity to honor a loved one by sponsoring a personalized memorial ribbon to be cut at the start of the walk’s 1.5 mile route. Family Services and the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley are thrilled to welcome to the event the voice of a longtime supporter, Senator Barbara L’Italien, who will offer some remarks as the walkers warm up and prepare to head out on the course. “I volunteered for the Samaritans while I was a student at Merrimack College. I often went around to high schools to discuss suicide prevention, but the bulk of my job was to answer the hotline and talk people through their experiences,” recalled the Senator as she reflected back on her personal connection to the Samaritans. “It taught me the power of hope. Making someone feel heard, and giving them hope for the future, can truly change or save a life.”
Family Services is a leading provider of comprehensive social services located in Lawrence, MA. The agency is committed to helping children and families build a better life by offering services in youth development, parent education and mental health and wellness. Rooted in compassion and respect for the diverse population it serves, Family Services helps over 4,000 people from throughout the Merrimack Valley each year. All services are based upon hope and the possibility that with support, individuals can thrive within their family, school, workplace and community.
Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is located at 430 North Canal Street, Lawrence, MA.
For more information contact Anna Peicott at 978-327-6672, or visit http://www.fsmv.org/suicide-prevention/walk-for-hope/