CITIZENS OF THE MONTH – SELECTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER WOODY AYERS: Council Member Woody Ayers presented Ms. Crystal Sweatt and Ms. Jacqueline Fox as Citizens of the Month for June 2018.
Council Member Ayers advised that Ms. Sweatt is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder who has overcome homelessness and addiction. She has been in recovery for five years and during that time she has received her North Carolina Peer Support certification and is currently a substance Abuse Counselor intern at McDowell Mission Ministries. She is dedicated to be a support and light to those who are lost and broken. Ms. Sweatt and her husband Jeff are active members of their church and strong advocates for the recovery community in McDowell, as well as parents to two wonderful children.
Council Member Ayers reported that Ms. Fox is a person in long term recovery who has also overcome homelessness and addiction. She has been in recovery for six years and during that time she has received her North Carolina Peer Support certification and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s in social work. She works to offer hope and support to those who are struggling. Ms. Fox and her husband are active members of their church and parents to three amazing children.
Council Member Ayers stated that Ms. Sweatt and Ms. Fox work together at McDowell Mission Ministries where they are dedicated to seeing lives restored and showing the community that recovery is not only possible it is likely! They are strong advocates for those in recovery as well as seeking recovery. Ms. Sweatt and Ms. Fox work alongside other community members in various working groups such as the Substance Use Working Group for McDowell County, the Marion East Community Forum and the Recovery Rally Planning Team to combat the substance use epidemic and implement grassroot solutions.
Council Member Ayers said that, in the last year, Ms. Sweatt and Ms. Fox have planned and advocated for Peer Support models in the community and have traveled across the region and to other states to learn about how others are addressing the substance use/mental health crisis. They recently sat at a round table discussion with legislative members to give a peer perspective on the opioid crisis.
Council Member Ayers advised that these two ladies exemplify a quote he read from United States Senator Cory Booker:
“Don’t speak to me about your religion:
First show it to me in how you treat other people.
Don’t tell me how much you love your God;
Show me in how much you love all God’s children.
Don’t preach to me your passion for your faith;
Teach me through your compassion for your neighbors.
In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and grow.”
Mayor Little, Council Members and friends all congratulated Ms. Crystal Sweatt and Ms. Jacqueline Fox on being selected as Citizens of the Month for June.