Overcoming obstacles, realizing one's potential theme of 'Hands of Hope' event

People in recovery from mental illness, substance abuse, or both, their families and friends are invited to attend a program that focuses on the ability of all individuals working together to find success and contentment in spite of obstacles on Thursday, Oct. 5, at The Ramada Inn, Altoona.
"Building Community: Taking Action" is this year's theme of the annual Hands of Hope event sponsored by Altoona Regional Health System, Blair County MH/MR/D&A Program, Home Nursing Agency, NAMI of Blair County and Penn State Altoona Health and Wellness Center.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The event features various vendors with free informational handouts. The formal program starts at 7 p.m. Opening remarks will be given by Elizabeth Bollinger, M.D., staff psychiatrist at Altoona Regional Health System.
The main presentation is a multimedia event featuring the stories of three people who have experienced and overcome obstacles related to mental illness, substance abuse or both. "In Your Own Voice" will be presented by Glenn Koons of the Chester County NAMI chapter; Cindy Boore, a consumer from Altoona Regional Health System, and John Gowhen, a consumer from Home Nursing Agency.
The evening concludes with a remembrance and recognition service by Pastor Fred Romig.
No registration is required. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 889-2706.