SATUCI’s 10th annual ‘Pathways to Recovery’

Free and open to the public

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO A dad gives his young child a ride at GrimesFarm during the 2016 “Pathways to Recovery” bike/walk. The Substance Abuse Unit for Central Iowa, Center Associates and Primary Health are cosponsoring this year’s event Sept. 17. Contact SATUCI to register.

Those struggling with substance abuse are not alone. There are support agencies in the Marshalltown area who will provide confidential and professional help.

One is Marshalltown-based Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa, with 37 years experience tackling all forms of substance abuse head-on.

In a joint effort to celebrate September’s National Recovery Month, SATUCI has united with Center Associates, LIfe Connections and Primary Health Care to demonstrate substance abuse can be treated and defeated. The trio are

excited to sponsor the 10th annual “Pathways to Recovery” celebration at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 17, at Grimes Farm & Conservation Center. After brief remarks by Dan Geels, participants may ride bicycles or walk on the scenic, and mainly flat Linn Creek Recreational Trail to Judge Park and return.

It is open to the public and free of charge, said Molly Holl, SATUCI prevention specialist.

Refreshments will be available.

A limited amount of T-shirts commemorating the event are available, but one must submit their registration and signed waiver of liability form to SATUCI, 9 N. 4th Ave., by Sept. 7

Participation has increased the past three years, and event organizers hope to attract more this year.

NRM is a national observance held to educate Americans substance abuse treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental health and/or substance abuse.

“Recovery month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery,” said Holl. “Please join us by honoring those who are working on, or have taken this important step.”

Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Marshalltown, Center Associates offers outpatient mental health services to individuals, couples and families from Hardin, Marshall and Tama counties.

Life Connections provides in-home Behavioral Health Intervention Services and therapy services in six Iowa locations — including Marshalltown — and in approved schools.

Primary Health is a local not-for-profit community health center dedicated to serving those that experience barriers to receiving care. We strive to find and successfully treat medical, dental and mental health conditions.

SATUCI is a not-for-profit, state-funded, community-based agency which has provided substance abuse prevention and treatment services to residents in Marshall, Tama, Poweshiek and Hardin counties since 1980.

For more information about Pathway to Recovery, contact Holl 641-752-5421, or visit


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