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SAFE Project Faith-Based Training


Surry County Service Center,

915 East Atkins Street,

Dobson, NC 27017


November 7, 2019



safe project faith-based community training

Program Summary

The faith-based community is a critical resource in the fight against the opioid and addiction epidemic. Church leaders are looking for ways to leverage their relationships, outreach, infrastructure, and volunteer capacity to make a difference in their communities, though many are unsure how their places of worship and faith-based community organizations can best contribute to the fight.

The opioid and addiction crisis is taking more and more lives and hurting more and more communities. Families in crisis exist in every town across our country and these families turn to their church for help. Faith-based communities are well-situated to help families navigate crisis, but they are also natural community leaders and change-makers to help shape how communities respond to addiction.

At this training, learn examples of how faith-communities can start and maintain efforts to address the opioid and addiction epidemic by:

  • educating their community,
  • reducing the shame and stigma around help-seeking behavior,
  • building community capacity for addiction treatment, and
  • being an active partner in building sustainable recovery for individuals.

Also, learn how your community can build your own addiction response efforts using the SAFE Project Community Playbook. SAFE Project, a nonprofit focused on stopping the addiction fatality epidemic, developed the SAFE Community Playbook, a step-by-step guide on how communities can organize to make positive change. The Playbook walks communities through how they can engage with stakeholders across six important sectors to impact the epidemic, save lives and heal families. Faith leaders and community members can use their power to convene to bring together these important stakeholders for a common purpose through implementing the Playbook’s tools.

Training Agenda

  • Hear examples of faith communities across North Carolina that responded to the need to address addiction
  • Walk through the SAFE Community Playbook, including
  • How to build a broad base of stakeholder support;
  • Using simple tools to evaluate your community; and
  • Matching your community with best examples of actions and tools from across the country.
  • Provide examples of simple and complex actions faith-based communities can take to start their community on the path of healing, educating, and helping.


This training is designed for prevention professionals, community members, faith-based congregations and leaders as well as professionals who are seeking additional knowledge and training about the integration of faith-based approaches with substance abuse prevention.

Skill Level

The event is intended to serve the needs of novice to moderately skilled substance use prevention providers and interested community members.

About the Trainer

Josie Beets is Senior Director of SAFE Communities at SAFE Project, responsible for establishing, developing and maintaining individual state efforts and raising public awareness of SAFE Project mission to contribute in a tangible way to overcoming the addiction epidemic. Ms. Beets has more than 15 years experience solving complex problems at the local and national level. Ms. Beets was the Senior Advisor to the President’s Management Council and Federal Chief Financial Officers Council. Prior to that, she was the President of the Military Spouse JD Network and the Public Policy Director of the Tennessee Bar Association. She holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a BA from Sweet Briar College.

Block Grant Funded Prevention Providers Only:

Limited hotel stipends are available for Block Grant Funded Prevention Providers Only. Please indicate your interest during the training registration process.

An application for continuing education credit has been submitted to the NCSAPPB.

Funding in whole or in part for this event was provided by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services with funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.