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When Moira Satre lost her 31-year-
old son, Bobby, to a heroin overdose
in 2015, she made the decision to turn
her personal tragedy into something
positive. She retired from her 37-year
career as a registered nurse to focus
on the terrible problem of substance
abuse in our area.
After five months of
attending meetings and
assessing community
needs, Moira created the
nonprofit
Come As You
Are (CAYA), a substance
abuse prevention
coalition. "Our mission
is to raise awareness
and reduce the stigma
that still exists today by
educating the community
and supporting local
prevention programs,"
Moira states.
The website was
launched in April 2016,
as well as a presence on
Facebook, Twitter, and
Instagram. Fundraising efforts have
included an annual 5K run/walk at
Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville,
a direct mail campaign, and new this
year, Give Local Piedmont.
The upcoming 3rd annual Run for
Your Life 5K is the nonprofit's major
source of income and will take
place on September 22 at 9:00 a.m.
The pre-registration fee is $25, due
by September 13, and guarantees a
goodie bag and T-shirt. Registration
is $30 after this date. Last year, over
200 participants crossed the finish line.
The money raised through registration
fees and sponsorships support the
numerous programs the nonprofit
has established through its alliances
with various local agencies and
organizations.
Most noteworthy are the monthly
REVIVE classes that are offered in
Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock,
Madison, and Orange counties.
The free opioid overdose reversal
education, set up by the Virginia
Department of Behavioral Health and
Developmental Services, is taught by
Moira and board member Caroline
Folker. Together they train participants
how overdoses occur, how to recognize
the signs of an overdose, and how to
respond appropriately and save a life
by administering Narcan. Coordinating
with the health department, they
provide two doses of Narcan for each
participant to take home. "The more
people we train, the more lives will be
saved," Moira states. "This year alone
we have trained 163 people and two
lives have been saved."
Come as You Are (CAYA)
A Force in Substance Abuse Prevention
With their
p r e f e r e n c e
for financially supporting existing
programs that target at-risk individuals,
CAYA purchased a drug prevention
DVD called Drugs: True Stories, which
is geared for children in grades six
through adults. Fauquier County Public
Schools uses it to supplement their
existing drug prevention
curriculum, and it is also
presented to church
groups and Boys and
Girls Clubs.
CAYA is involved in
numerous prevention
programs in area schools.
They sponsor the after-
prom parties at all three
Fauquier County public
high schools. Another
example is Liberty High
Schools Project Purple,
where students learn that
they do not need drugs
or alcohol to meet life's
challenges. In addition,
they support Students
Against Destructive Decisions (SADD),
a high school student-run club that
fosters a sense of belonging and
promotes skills that help young people
make positive life decisions.
This year, CAYA was proud to send two
groups of four students and one teacher
each from Fauquier and Highland High
Schools to attend a week-long Youth
Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Project
(YADAPP) at Longwood College. While
there, they create a strategic action
plan to address substance abuse
issues at their schools. "I would love
to send a team from every high school
to this event in the future," Moira says.
"The students come back all charged
up. This broad approach ultimately
reaches so many more people."
CAYA partners with Families
Overcoming Drug Addiction (FODA)
to provide twice-monthly support
group meetings at Fauquier Hospital.
They support the Warrenton Recovery
Center, which hosts meetings five days
a week for individuals and families
dealing with substance abuse.
Every dollar CAYA receives goes back
into the community in meaningful,
tangible ways, and lives are saved.
"The biggest lack in our community is
sober housing," Moira says. "Making
that happen is my number one goal
right now."
To learn more or to register for the 5K,
visit
www.CAYAcoalition.org or call
(540) 219-5696.
2017 overall top female
finisher Rachel Weghorst.
Time: 24:07.07