LAFOLLETTE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Holly Griffin, Manager of Ridgeview’s Recovery Housing in Campbell County, welcomed Boy Scout Troop 310 on September 27 for a cookout to formally celebrate the completion of the Troop’s service project, an above ground vegetable garden for the residents. “I can’t express deeply enough our collective gratitude for what this special group of young men have provided for our residents,” said Griffin.

Recovery Housing provides individuals living with substance use conditions access to a drug free, safe, and therapeutic recovery residence that is monitored, with a comprehensive service approach that promotes positive recovery outcomes for the residents.

Troop 310 was accompanied by the leadership of Chris Thacker. The scouts previously toured Ridgeview’s outpatient clinic in 2021 to learn about the broad range of mental health and substance use disorder services provided by Ridgeview in Campbell County.

BSA Troop 310 stands in front of the raised garden bed.

Thacker acknowledged the importance of optimizing good health habits by enjoying the activities related to gardening, saying, “This opportunity helps our young men better understand the connection between healthy eating habits and improved overall health. We’re grateful for the opportunity to have been a small part of the Recovery Housing effort to promote better health and recovery for the residents.”

Coordinator of Ridgeview’s Substance Use Disorder programming, Melody Morris, observed during the cookout, “I’m so grateful for all the work done to provide this garden and what it will mean to the community. Gardening is an activity that supports the journey of recovery for our residents.”

“What I’m taking from this project,” offered one reflective scout, “is that people who plant, harvest, and eat food they’ve grown is rewarding and satisfying – they feel better.” Mr. Thacker concluded the cookout by adding, “Scouts are about helping people, and we should do our part to reduce the stigma associated with people in recovery from addiction.”

If you’re interested in learning more about how to become involved with Troop 310 in Campbell County, please contact Scoutmaster Chris Thacker at 423-494-6221.

To learn more about Ridgeview, visit HERE, follow them on Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube Channel. Same Day Access walk-in hours are from 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Monday – Friday.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Michael Yates is the Director of Development at Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services

Ridgeview is a private, not for profit community mental health center with locations in Anderson, Campbell, Morgan, Roane, and Scott counties. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/18/2022-6AM)