‘Light a Candle’ vigil offers resources, support to those affected by addiction


Part vigil, part support group, part resource fair–the ‘Light a Candle’ event brought together those mourning loved ones lost to addiction, those in recovery, and current addicts.

Organized by local nonprofit Be Finally Free, the second-annual event at the Park at Riverwalk shed light on resources available for those in recovery and those still battling addiction.

“When we can come together like this, there’s good happening here. The message is to leave here with hope,” said Be Finally Free president, Debbie Ormonde.

 Addiction is an issue that continues to touch all corners of Kern County, including affluent neighborhoods.

“I would hope that with the number of services and things that are here, that we’re making a dent, but the problem is prevalent,” said Sherry Rose, the director of an addiction counseling center called Wellspring.

Ormonde suggests to parents and spouses with loved ones battling addiction: “Know who their friends are, know what’s going on–really be involved.”

If you’d like more information on Be Finally Free, call 661-489-5952.

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