Our Story

In January of 2015, Kristin Harrison- an Easton parent – lost her young niece to a heroin overdose. Like many of her peers, the path to heroin started with the early use of alcohol and marijuana. The family struggled without local resources and feared judgment within the town. Simultaneously, Easton residents were using Facebook to discuss the issue. Many public commenters were misinformed about the realities of youth substance abuse. Kristin began a mission to educate others, initially through a Facebook page.

Over 4 years later, Easton Wings of Hope is recognized as the official youth substance use prevention coalition in Easton.

Easton Wings of Hope envisions a healthy Easton where healthy choices are recognized, valued, and accessible to all. The coalition’s mission is to prevent youth substance use through education, awareness, and policy change.

Our Steering Committee

Easton Wings of Hope and its Steering Committee are eager to work with Easton residents and other community partners to make positive changes and prevent youth initiation to substances.

  • Kristin Harrison, RN, Founder and Chairperson
  • Christopher Harrison, Co-Founder
  • Dottie Fulginiti, Vice Chairperson
  • Eileen Gardner, RN
  • Lynne LeBlanc, RN
  • Colleen Less, JD, former school committee member
  • John Morley, Treasurer
  • Darcy Paiva
  • Stephanie Patton, MPH

Our Team

  • Lauren Bartell, Drug-Free Communities Program Director/Principal Investigator
  • Leah Serafin, MA, Program Coordinator
  • Kendall Bennett, MS, Evaluator

Our Accomplishments

  • Awarded a 2-year, $50,000 grant by the Greater Brockton Health Alliance
  • Participated in National Drug Take Back Day events since 2015 with the Easton Police Department
  • Awarded a 5-year, $125,000-a-year federal Drug Free Communities Grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Received $25,000 & $30,000 from Senator Walter Timilty and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH), who sponsored an amendment to fund prevention work.
  • Partnered with Easton Public Schools to implement Youth Health Surveys at Easton Middle School and Oliver Ames High School
  • Worked with the Easton Board of Health to increase the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21
  • Provided essential education surround youth substance use prevention with Hidden in Plain Sight, speakers such as Dr. Ruth Potee, and presentations to Easton community groups
  • Hosted activities for Easton youth, such as painting rocks of hope and medication safety exercises

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