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People Who Care: Monarch’s Lee PSR hosts National Night Out

2-National-Night-Out 2Recently, Monarch participants of Lee Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) in Sanford, got together to help host National Night Out (NNO) in their community. More than 150 people attended.

This is the second year the PSR participants have joined with local businesses and organizations, including the area’s law enforcement and first responders, to raise awareness about crime prevention, highlight the area’s resources and have a little fun.

Michelle Ibrahim, program manager for the Lee/Harnett PSRs, said participants started planning for the event weeks ago.

“When it comes time to plan, they all start speaking up with ideas. They love planning and get really involved. The participants just light up,” she said.

 Through their hard work they were able to organize games, food vendors, a cake walk, face painting station and a raffle for the event. Volunteers also helped operate water balloon games, potato sack races, passed out food and mingled with event participants.

Ibrahim said one of the most important aspects of NNO is that it helps bring awareness and understanding to what’s going on in the local community and brings people together.

She also said for the Monarch participants it provides an opportunity for community integration. “When they are out there with the community it makes them feel proud, they can’t believe they did what they did. There is a big sense of pride and sense of accomplishment,” Ibrahim said.

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