Meetings at JFT!
PTSD Veterans Recovery 7:00pm-8:00pm
Crystal Meth Anonymous 7:30pm-8:30pm
Alcoholics Anonymous (Spanish) 8:00am - 9:30am
Desire to Grow Narcotics Anonymous 7:30pm-8:30pm
DHARMA Recovery 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Medically Assisted Treatment 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Alcoholics Anonymous (Spanish) 9:00pm - 10:30pm
H.E.R.O.S. First Responders Meeting 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Rebel Dogs Men's Alcoholics Anonymous 7:30pm-8:30pm
Meeting Times Available!
Just For Tonight Narcotics Anonymous 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Keeping the Hope Alive Narcotics Anonymous 7:30pm-8:30pm
Who We Are
JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to offering our community safe, structured and compassionate services. We provide many services and resources through our programs. Programs and services include: Warm Handoff Program, Recovery and Reentry, Veterans Program, Housing Program, Education/Vocation/Job Training Program, Training Academy, food banks, clothing closets, hygiene hub and coffee shops for Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, York, and Adams counties.
If You Want Help...JFT is Here!
A gentleman, rather the worse for wear, came into JFT accompanied by a friend whom I believed to be in relatively new recovery. This young lady had been trying—all day long with no luck at all, I later found out—to help this broken, desperate, shaken man get help after he had just completed two weeks in a treatment facility. He was let go from the Suboxone-distributing facility for whatever reason: does it matter? Many of us have been there. If you are begging for help, does any reason really ever matter? He was discharged with a three day supply of Suboxone (today was day three), MA-issued insurance through a carrier no one accepts, and no after or home care plan. My CRS had been getting this man’s backstory so that she could do what was needed to help him. He had completed two weeks at the facility, was properly utilizing Suboxone, and had spent the past couple of frigid nights getting kicked out of hospital ER’s for sleeping.
You see he desperately wanted not to use, it was cold, and he needed sleep. Instead of couch surfing, where he would undoubtedly use, he chose local ERs and begging for help. He was sent to a local nonprofit where this man, who would be out of Suboxone tomorrow, was told the best they could do was an appointment in a week. Panicking, he said, “Well what am I to do until then?” He was again sent to local ER to basically beg for a prescription. Why? After again being turned away, he appeared on the doorstep of a local distributing clinic begging for an appointment and was told, “Sorry, no funds, no service. We don’t take your insurance. Find the money you can have an appointment.” As door after door was slammed in this destitute man’s face…he chose life…and the next doorstep was ours.
As I walked my CRS through options with which she was not yet familiar, I took a closer look at him. I suspected, was in his 40s. He was underweight, weathered, and sallow eyed from withdrawal, worry, fear, and lack of sleep. The depth of his addiction, though unspoken, was revealed in his appearance. I saw dejectedness and defeat in his eyes; desperation and fear. It shook me to my core and made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I was the man; he was me. I knew what he was thinking, and I knew where he was going if he left JFT to wait another day. I could not let this happen. To give up on him was to give up on me, and I had come too far. I had an utter compulsion to help this man find relief from the pain of his life. His success had become my own, and I knew this was the end of the line for him. One way or another he was done.
My CRS and I gathered all of our “chips-are-down-we-got- nothin’-left-in-our-hat-please-help-us” resources and pulled out all the stops. We called upon our true community partners—the ones who have never once not done everything in their power to make things happen. In the matter of an hour and a half, we had him a safe place to lay his head, an appointment at a Suboxone clinic for tomorrow, and the funding to make it all happen until his new MA takes effect. When we were done, I looked at him. Pure shock and disbelief veiled his face. For the first time since I met him, I saw him sit up in the chair he had been slouching in all this time and mannerisms became less deliberate and more open and jovial. Excitement dashed his eyes, and I saw what I can never ever get enough of—HOPE. When he left the center his gait was lighter, he cracked a smile, and he thanked us. A full blown, genuine thanks from the exhale of a breath he had been holding for days. The man smiled and breathed.
I do not know if he will make it; however, I do know that we gave him a fighting chance. I also know that all the plaques, accolades, honors, awards, atta’ boys, or whatever throughout my career could never ever feed my ego or fill the hole in my soul like helping the gentleman did today. He is the measure of my success. Thank you. Today you made me feel like the Queen of the World.
"You Don't Ever Have to Be Alone Again."
JFT Meets Basic Needs
JFT offers basic needs at each of our locations. We have a clothing closet, Lori's Promise Pantry (food banks) and hygiene hubs at all 3 of our locations that are free to everyone.
JFT provides socks, underwear, sweatshirts, T-shirts along with a hygiene packet to those going from the hospital to rehab, to veterans, to the homeless, etc. We provide dry goods (i.e. canned foods, boxed foods, breads, cookies etc., each week), a military food share that includes dry goods, milk, eggs and meats.
During the pandemic and hard economic time JFT has been providing more than in the past. All of our basic needs are replenished by generous donations from the community.
If you can give it, it is given to those in need and donations are always welcome, accepted and appreciated.
Here is a list of items we can always use:
1. Food - canned (fruits, vegetables, meats, soups, meals, etc.), boxed (noodles, soups, cereals, potatoes, rice, candy, dried fruit, dried beans, peanut butter, condiments, etc.)
2. Clothing - all sizes for men, women and children gently used. (no holes or major stains) We take shoes, hats, coats, bedding, gloves, etc. (We do not accept used underwear and socks.)
3. Hygiene Items - deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream, lotion, etc.
4. Treatment Items - new underwear and socks, all sizes.
Thank you to anyone that can help support our work with any of the above or monetary donations.