Challenge grant aims to expand Rams in Recovery program, activities

Connor Bowie, intern with Rams in Recovery, and Tom Bannard, program coordinator, in the clubhouse space.

Connor Bowie, intern with Rams in Recovery, and Tom Bannard, program coordinator, in the clubhouse space.

A $15,000 matching challenge grant will help Rams in Recovery, Virginia Commonwealth University’s collegiate recovery program, support students in achieving academic success while focusing on wellness.

The challenge, issued by JHW Foundation Inc., will match all new gifts donated to Rams in Recovery dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000, until June 30, 2017.

The purpose of the challenge is to spread the message of collegiate recovery through Rams in Recovery while building a base of support from new donors, said Roz Watkins, chair of the JHW Foundation, which raises awareness about substance abuse and addiction in young people and supports young adults in recovery.

Watkins and her husband, John, lost their son, Henry, to an accidental overdose six years ago.

“Our son was in college and one of the challenges he would face is he would get sober and go back to college and there was no support network in place,” Watkins said. “We thought that was an important place to target.”

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