Shared from the 9/6/2019 Sandusky Register eEdition


Recovery Walk returns Sept. 14


The annual Recovery Walk, put on by Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center, which showcases and supports sobriety, returns Sept. 14 in downtown Sandusky.

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n What: Sandusky Artisans 6th Annual Recovery Walk n Where: The walk starts at Sandusky Artisans, 138 E. Market St., and concludes at Shoreline Park, totaling less than one-half mile. n When: Sept. 14, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m. n Who: Anyone, including those in recovery and their supporters, are welcomed to attend and participate. n More: Contact Sandusky Artisans at 419-621-9377 or visit its offices in downtown Sandusky for additional information


A popular event to showcase and support sobriety returns Saturday, Sept. 14.

Back for a sixth-straight year, the Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center Recovery Walk takes place in downtown Sandusky. The walk spans less than one-half mile.

Once participants arrive at the march’s endpoint, Shoreline Park, speakers — many of whom are in recovery themselves — will address attendees, providing inspiration, motivation and encouragement.

The event represents a public outreach initiative to raise awareness for a nationwide drug epidemic hitting Erie County hard in recent years. It also aims to provide local treatment solutions and connect people with resources.

“There are a million reasons why people should come,” said Kelly Groff, a peer supporter with Artisans and one of the event’s organizers. “First of all, they can show their support. The more people we have, the more people that will hear about it and will come and support us.”

Earlier this week, Groff, along with Artisans’ co-founders Joey and Mary Supina, appeared on “Between the Lines,” the Register’s public affairs program. The segment is available for demand viewing at and by searching “Sandusky Register” on YouTube.

“This is also for the people in recovery,” Groff said about the walk. “They can be unified together, marching as a community and celebrating their own recovery, other people’s recovery and also pay tribute to the ones we have lost, whether they lost their battles with addiction or someone who passed away and was sober.”

The nonprofit Artisans — at the forefront of providing outlets for community members coping with addiction and mental health issues — sponsors meetings and offers guidance along with other resources to provide support for those suffering. Artisans’ services are free to those in need.

Artisans representatives also educate the public about what recovery means. The Recovery Walk represents a good opportunity for people to learn, Joey said.

“This event has helped mobilize those in our community coming together, working hand-in-hand and tackling this problem in a way that wouldn’t have been possible without having all of us coming together,” he said. “Addiction touches everyone on some level. Very few people can really say they don’t know anyone who doesn’t have an issue with a disorder. It’s beyond opioids. It’s also about alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine and mental health challenges.”

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