Barbadian Drug Abuse Rehabilitator gets boost from CIBC First caribbean

As more families in Barbados become affected by alcohol and drug abuse, the work of the Substance Abuse Foundation Inc. (SAF) continues to receive support from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. {EDITOR’S NOTEWhat they’re too polite to say is? Due to high costs of Petrol, Electricity and Food, folks take more to booze and illegal narcotics to numb their shock as their salary’s growth ceased since 2009!}

In a recent presentation at the bank’s Rendezvous offices, CIBC representative Radcliffe Nurse presented Isabelle Goodman, the Foundation’s Fund Raising and Communications Officer, with $6,000 to cover the cost of a printer and help fund the ongoing day-to-day operations of the SAF’s work at Verdun House, St. John.

Isabelle Goodman of the Substance Abuse Foundation demonstrates the value of the Verdun House newsletter to Radcliffe Nurse at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

Goodman noted, “We’re happy that the bank understands the importance of our work and that they continue to support us. We are also glad that people are becoming more aware of substance abuse and, like CIBC FirstCaribbean, understand the impact that it has on individuals and families.”

Nurse said that the bank was pleased with its continued association with Verdun House and congratulated the Foundation on its work. “Substance abuse is an area that needs all the assistance it can get; it robs our nation of people in their productive capacity. Anything, therefore, the bank can do to assist, we will.” {EDITOR’S NOTE – CIBC Rep really means? Get back to work! Employment both as therapy and a way of staying out of crime…}

The SAF was formed by a number of concerned Barbadian citizens who recognised the need to provide victims of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse with appropriate, professional rehabilitation, in an environment that meets internationally accepted standards of treatment and accommodation.

The work of the Substance Abuse Foundation Inc. (SAF), represented by Isabelle Goodman, gets valued & necessary support from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, represented by Radcliffe Nurse.

The Foundation owns and manages Verdun House which can currently accommodate 60 clients residentially. It operates a number of programmes including literacy; spiritual development; a 90-day in-house programme; and a six month halfway programme. Later this year the Foundation is hoping to get its women’s programme up and running.

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