Delivering a Message of Hope
The McShin Foundation
Founded in 2004, The McShin Foundation is Virginia's leading non-profit, full-service Recovery Community Organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders. While providing the tools for recovering individuals to create positive lifestyles, we aim to spread the word of recovery and educate families, communities, and government regarding SUDs as well as reduce the stigma attached to them.
The White Marker Project
Do you know how many Virginian's die each year due to addiction?
Each year, 3,500 Virginians die as a result of Substance Use Disorders and related causes. The McShin Foundation's Marker Project is a mobile movement to honor these lives and bring awareness to the devastation caused by this disease.
In late January, a young guy came into the general population pod and started telling his story (only it was my story). There was someone else just like me. As he talked, I watched him. He smiled and laughed and told how he came to get where he was. I knew at that moment I wanted what he had. The next day I was moved to the McShin pod. It was structured. We had speakers come in to share their experiences in strength and hope. I applied for a scholarship. I thought I’d get it, but I didn’t think I’d get let out of jail to go to Richmond. I’m pretty sure that God knew I was serious this time because I got a bond. I’ve been at the McShin R.C.O. since March 29th, 2019. I’ve learned to listen, help and give back.
By me coming to The McShin Foundation, it gave me the opportunity to grow while in a program. It works - it has helped me. I have been shown great love in this program and have been given the opportunity to sit down and address some of the issues I have had going on in my life. I am grateful to McShin for allowing me to come here when I had no where else to go.