‘Pathways to Recovery’ walk slated Sept. 15

Celebrating triumphs

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO A man gives a child a bicycle ride near the Grimes Farm shelter while on the Linn Creek Recreational Trail. It was all part of the 2016 “Pathways to Recovery” bike and walk. The Substance Abuse Unit for Central Iowa, Center Associates, Life Connections and Primary Health are cosponsoring this year’s event beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Participants may bike or walk. Admission is free-of-charge.

Four Marshalltown organizations with years of experience demonstrating people can fight and win against substance abuse and mental health issues have teamed up for the 11th Annual Recovery Walk.

Center Associates, Life Connections, Primary Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa (SATUCI) will again prove those who have met personal challenges can live a healthy and rewarding life.

Set for 10 a.m. Sept. 15, it will begin at MEGA-10 Park with participants walking on the Linn Creek Recreational Trail to Judge Park and back.

It is free-of-charge and open to the public.

Prevention Specialist Molly Holl of SATUCI is again helping coordinate the initiative.

“We decided to change the day and time this year to see if more people would be available ,” she said. “We are starting at Mega 10 Park and going to Judge Park and back to Mega 10. It will be a shorter distance for walkers.”

People can bring their bikes and helmets if they wish to ride.

“Life Connections is happy to join the other sponsors and help celebrate those who have overcome substance abuse and mental health issues,” Regional Manager Sheila Paul said. “We will have staff at MEGA-10 and Judge Park. We welcome anyone who would like to join us at either location.”

The route will be on the primarily-flat Linn Creek Recreational Trail.

Refreshments will be available. A limited amount of T-shirts are available, but one must submit their registration and signed waiver of liability form to SATUCI, 9 N. Fourth Ave., by Sept. 7.

About the Sponsors

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 to 15 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. It strives 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 mholl@satuci.com.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com

IF YOU GO …

What: Pathways to Recovery Walk

When: 10 a.m., Sept. 15.

Where: MEGA-10 Park, Marshalltown

Editor’s note: This article was updated with the correct spelling of Sheila Paul’s name.