Walk the Walk


Kerhonkson, NY (September 17, 2022) – The Villa Veritas Foundation’s Walk the Walk for Recovery, to be held Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Walkway Over The Hudson in Highland, NY, is a uniquely positive fundraiser focused on solutions. Now in its eighth year, the event promotes understanding of drug and alcohol addiction, but its primary mission is to deliver a simple, powerful message against the constant barrage of bad news about substance abuse: treatment works...and people can and do recover. The fundraising goal of the Walk the Walk for Recovery is to help make recovery possible for those with financial barriers to treatment. Villa Veritas Foundation invites anyone whose life has been touched by addiction, recovery, or treatment to participate in this event. More information and registration forms can be found at villaveritas.org/walk or by calling (845) 626-3555.


*National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports for 2017, 72,306 drug overdose deaths up from estimated 18,000 deaths in 1999 (per year).

*In New York State the Rockefeller Institute reports from 2015 to 2016 deaths increased by 29% - 2015 – 3,009 deaths – 2016 – 3,894 deaths.

*In Ulster County alone it rose from 35 deaths – 2015 to 63 deaths – 2016, that’s an 80% rise!

*Millions of individuals struggle every day with drug and alcohol abuse, which causes a ripple effect of physical and mental health problems, criminal activity, automobile crashes, and lost productivity in the workplace.

*Families, friends, and communities also suffer. In other words, whether or not you or someone close to you has a substance abuse disorder, addiction impacts your life in some way.

Here’s the good news: treatment is effective. Celebrating success with an event like Walk the Walk for Recovery offers proof that there is hope. Sue Cusack, President and CEO of Villa Veritas, sees that hope, and the success it can lead to, first-hand every day. “Hundreds of people who were former clients come to the Walk,” says Sue. “Family members of clients come, and people come to march in memory of someone. I love seeing former clients come back with their babies! Meeting and greeting all these members of our community is a very moving experience.”

The fundraising goal of the Walk the Walk for Recovery is a vital part of the Villa Veritas mission. Cusack names financial barriers as the number one reason why people do not seek a treatment program. Other barriers to treatment include denial on the part of the addict and his or her family, the stigma and shame associated with addiction, and for women, the inability to be away from their families or fear of losing custody of their children.

The Villa Walk across the Hudson Saturday takes place on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park’s West (Highland) entrance, located at 87 Haviland Road, Highland, NY 12528.

The event schedule is as follows:
11:30am: Registration/Check-in
12:00pm: Introduction
12:30pm: Start of Walk

Participation in the event is free.
•$25 donation per person includes a bracelet and t-shirt

For registration and donations can be processed several different ways:
•Online at villaveritas.org/walk
•By Phone (845) 626-3555
•By Check Payable to Villa Veritas Foundation, PO Box 610, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

The Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc., an inpatient healing and rehabilitation center located in Kerhonkson, NY, has been connecting people with treatment and recovery for over 45 years. Founded by the late Jim Cusack and his wife, Sue, Villa Veritas has remained steadfast in its mission to provide a safe haven for alcoholics, addicts, and their families to find health and hope using the time-tested 12 Step Program as its framework. The center distinguishes itself with a holistic-based approach in combination with the 12 Steps.

“The 12 Step Program works because it’s an excellent blueprint for life,” says Sue Cusack. “We focus on healing the trauma that led to addiction and help people feel useful in this world. Each day we get out there and give people hope. That was my late husband’s best gift—the gift of hope, and we continue his legacy. We feel blessed to be able to do what we love with the ones we love.”

Villa Veritas Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Villa Veritas can be contacted by phone at (845) 626-3555 or email at info@villaveritas.org

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