"Hope Over Heroin" shuts down Crawford County city to help addicts
Hundreds of people gathered in Bucyrus Friday night to give addicts and their families resources on how to get help.
"Hope Over Heroin" is an event that started out small in Hamilton, Ohio, with a few pastors. The event is now nationwide.
A Bucyrus pastor decided to invite "Hope Over Heroin" to her city more than a year ago. Pastor Casey Roelle said it took more than a year to prepare for the event and she didn't do it alone as she got help from 17 local pastors and managed to get the entire city on board with her. Police, city leaders and several other organizations participated.
Most of the streets in Bucyrus were shut down to make room for the event.
Pastor Roelle decided to bring the initiative to her city for several reasons, including her own struggle with addiction in the past. She's a little more than two years clean after overdosing on drugs.
"After recovery, God really just stuck me into ministry. He's blessed me with being a pastor. I don't want anybody to live in that darkness," said Pastor Roelle.
The event included a free concert, food and resources for addicts, recovering addicts and their families.
"We have a city of resources, which includes detox information, rehabilitation centers, transitional housing, and child care," said Pastor Roelle.
There was also a memorial walk to remember loved ones who've died from drugs and addicts who continue to struggle. About 50 people marched through the city with balloons as police cruisers led the way.
Saturday is the last day for "Hope Over Heroin." It starts at 6:00 p.m. and will take place in the city square.