Plymouth: “Night of Hope” for Recovery Held

At Memorial Hall in Plymouth, it was a “Night of Hope” hosted by the New Hope Chapel.

It was a night filled with music, resources for those affected by substance abuse, and remembrance for those that lost their battle.

“Everyone in some way is affected by the opioid epidemic that we’re facing in our community,” said Lesley Perera, one of the organizers of the event. “We just want to be here to provide support to individuals going through that struggle or to families that know someone that’s going through that struggle, to let them know there’s hope.”

The event was well-attended, with performances from Hanover comedian Tommy Morin, Seth Andersen & the Intervention Band, and CFC Worship.

Testimony included people from all over the country, who battled addiction but found a way to get clean.

Geoffrey Banks of Wilmington, North Carolina is the son of pastor James Banks at the Peace Church. Geoffrey struggled with an opiate addiction for seven years, but was able to get clean.

“Having the right people around you is huge. I really don’t think that I would be sober, clean today if it wasn’t for the men and women around me that were good influences,” said Geoffrey Banks. “You always say ‘if you lie down with dogs you get fleas,’ and the opposite is true too. If you put yourself around people who are doing good things, you’re going to do good things too.”

At the end of the night, resource tables were set up with programs all throughout Plymouth County.

“We need to let the walls come down on working together. You can’t judge a book by its cover, you don’t know somebody until you walk a mile with them,” said Neil Eaton, the Senior Pastor at New Hope. “Let’s work together as a community in unity and find a way to work together, rather than thinking of reasons not to. Because we’re seeing great results for that.”

The New Hope Chapel is located on 89 Court Street in Plymouth. More information can be found on the website,

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