Feb 19, 2016 8:55 PM
DOVER - Families packed into Twice the Fun indoor park in Dover on Friday for an after-hours fundraiser to help Hope on Haven Hill raise enough money to open their Rochester facility.
Co-founded by Dr. Colene Arnold and registered nurse Kerry Norton, Hope on Haven Hill will provide 24-hour residential and recovery services for pregnant women with substance abuse disorders.
“We just want to help people; women are contacting us all the time,” Norton said.
These women are inspired by stories like Eve Tarmey, the 17-year-old who died after she overdosed on fentanyl in October.
“She needed help, and it wasn’t there for her,” Arnold said.
Wildlife Encounters dedicated their show of exotic animals in memory of Eve. The night brought families together to help raise money for an organization trying to keep families healthy.
Twice the Fun plans to stay involved.
“We’re going to offer a Hope on Haven Hill lifetime membership so that any of the moms and babies who are at the house can come get out and have positive experiences with their babies here,” said owner Caitlin Toupin.
Through fundraisers and raffles, and a GoFundMe Page, Hope on Haven Hill hopes to raise enough money to open by the summer. They keep a tree decorated all year long with the faces of those who lost their battle with addiction and others who have found a second chance through recovery.
“I don't know whose life has to be lost for New Hampshire to step to the plate and start making access to treatment,” Norton said.
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