May. 11, 2023

HARRISBURG – Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Mercer) announced that Helping Hands Ministries will be receiving a sizeable grant from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). The money is for organizations to establish or expand substance use disorder (SUD) services, community outreach and education to underrepresented and minority communities struggling with the opioid overdose crisis.

“The opioid crisis is affecting so many people in Mercer County and across the Commonwealth,” Wentling said. “This funding will help a local nonprofit fight addiction here at home.”

Helping Hands Ministries was selected as one of 19 organizations to be awarded this grant. The nonprofit will be given more than $70,000 over a 12-month period beginning July 1. Helping Hands is eligible for the grant because it provides services, outreach, and/or education to minority communities that promote access to harm reduction services, low-barrier SUD and medication-assisted treatment (MAT), recovery and peer supports, and/or offender reentry supports.

This funding comes from the opioid settlements appropriated to DDAP by the General Assembly.

Representative Parke Wentling
7th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Jake Gillespie