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Helping Kids Make Better Changes Stops Drug Abuse, Helps Business

There is a theory that when young people make good choices in their spare time (studying, doing chores, learning a skill, serving the community, getting an internship, working at a job) it reduces the chances of their making bad choices (smoking, alcohol, drugs, or simply hanging out with the “wrong” crowd). Therefore we as business people will be doing not only our community but our own businesses a favor by taking the time to help provide direction, guidance and even mentorship to our young people. This will pay big dividends later in terms of an engaged, trained, well prepared and well-intentioned workforce. Please consider getting involved by mentoring a young person, giving them an internship, working on a community development project or other endeavor which encourages good choices.

Sometimes though, those bad choices have already been made, and stronger measures are necessary to provide an avenue for rehabilitation. Arms Acres, located in Carmel, helps outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment, and medically supervised detoxification and crisis counseling services, and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Drug Crisis In Our Backyard aims to spread awareness of the drug epidemic facing families right in our neighborhoods. This organization deserves our support, so let’s mark our calendars now for a September event in honor of Arms Acres CEO Patrice Wallace-Moore, LCSWR.

The September 10 event, called Dancing in our Backyard, will run from 7-11 PM at the Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill St, Mahopac, with a live DJ and special performance by Westchester Ballroom. Tickets are $75 per person (tax deductible) and sponsorships are available. Visit for more information.

The choice seems clear: we should help our youth make the decision to stay out of trouble and prepare themselves for productive careers in our communities. But if intervention is needed, Putnam County is blessed with resources that can provide them.

-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

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