Hope Initiative hits one year milestone in Roanoke

The initiative helps provide treatment for people with substance abuse issues.

ROANOKE, Va. – August marks the one year anniversary of the Hope Initiative in Roanoke. 

The Roanoke Valley Hope Initiative, offerred through the Bradley Free Clinic helps provide a gateway to treatment for people suffering with substance use disorders. The program is also designed to spread awareness about the opioid problems facing the community.

The Hope Initiative consists of volunteers, the Roanoke Police Department and community partners.

"To open your doors, to really acknowledge the courage it takes to seek help, and to partner with people and to support their effort to find treatment has really been a rewarding experience for all the volunteers in the program," said Dr. Cheri Hartman, a volunteer. 

Hartman said about 120 people have been helped through the Hope Initiative to date.