Women suffering with addictions are being urged to seek help at Marina House, a residential treatment centre for females over 18 years.

This appeal came from Mrs. Marietta Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of the Substance Abuse Foundation Inc. (SAF), which operates Marina House for women and Verdun House for men. Mrs. Carrington explained that without adequate help, the disease would progress and the problems of those suffering with the illness would worsen.

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Employees of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and representatives of the Substance Abuse Foundation posing with some of the items donated at the Wildey Branch.

She said women, struggling with addictions, hid their problems in ways that differ from men, but the impact was equally devastating and touched their immediate families including children, friends as well as the society.

The effect, she said, can be seen in reduced productivity of the affected persons as well as in crime and other anti-social behaviours.

Mrs. Carrington made those comments during the first of two presentations from CIBC FirstCaribbean to Marina House. The charitable effort was the latest in the bank’s ongoing support for the work of the SAF.

Mrs. Carrington described CIBC FirstCaribbean as a long-time supporter of SAF adding that over the last four to five years, a resurgence in the bank’s involvement with the organisation had been taking place.

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Coordinator at Marina House, Renee Napoleon, second from right, accepting a basket of toiletries from Kerrie Anthony, Assistant Customer Service Manager at the Speightstown Branch. Also pictured, from left are, CIBC First Caribbean employees, Janiece Headley, Branch Manager, Therese Clarke, Justin Wiltshire and Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels.

The first of the two recent presentation took place at the bank’s Warrens St. Michael headquarters, where the Speightstown branch handed over toiletries to the Marina House. Branch manager, Therese Clarke said that branch members had put together funds to buy the toiletries and were in fact very happy to support a good cause.

A few weeks later, Marina House received clothes, kitchen utensils and other necessities from the Wildey Branch and the bank’s Corporate Communication Department. Wildey’s Branch Manager Sue Malone said the branch’s staff members acknowledged the importance of helping others to make a fresh start in their lives and had readily supported the appeal for the branch’s involvement.

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Director of Clinical Services at the Substance Abuse Foundation Inc., Angela Sealy, third from left, and coordinator at Marina House, Renee Napoleon, fourth from left, engaging in conversation with CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank members from left, Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels, Sue Malone, Branch Manager at Wildey and Shantelle Griffith, Communications Analyst.

Clinical Director Angela Sealy, who expressed thanks on SAF’s behalf, said she knew that the ladies at Marina House would be very appreciative of the items as well as the fact that CIBC FirstCaribbean had recognized the need to contribute to the effort as the women started to rebuild their lives.

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