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Philly Origins

Angels in Motion started with one woman’s efforts to rescue her child from the disease of substance use disorder (SUD). While searching the streets of Kensington (a neighborhood in Philadelphia), for her son, Carol Rostucher saw that many other children and loved ones were suffering and lost as well. Carol began to open her heart to the streets and spread her love where it was needed the most. Her efforts included treating each person as an individual and offering her genuine compassion and understanding, and providing “blessing bags” which contain food, snacks, clothing, hygiene products and resource information to obtain help when they are ready. 

On February 6, 2015 an article was written in the Philadelphia Daily News depicting Carol’s efforts and struggles between the streets and her son. Following the article, an outpouring of help and support came in the form of other parents, siblings, and loved ones looking to help. Through this collective effort and staying true to Carol’s vision of de-stigmatizing substance use disorder and spreading love, understanding, and compassion, Angels in Motion was formed in mid-February of 2015. AIM consists of a diverse group of individuals, showing that substance use disorder does not discriminate based on race, economic status or locale. Each member shares the same passion and concern for their community and those suffering from this disease called substance use disorder (SUD).

Through the generous donations of the community and the wonderful help and time of our volunteers, Angels in Motion has been able to increase its presence within the Philadelphia area and deliver its blessing bags on a weekly basis. Angels in Motion also holds twice-monthly meetings for the community to help spread awareness about substance use disorder and offers support to families, friends, and loved ones that have been effected by this disease.

No longer do you have to feel alone or deal with this epidemic without help or support. Angels in Motion is breaking barriers and spreading awareness one life at a time with the hope to one day bring an end to the negative stigma attached with substance use disorder and provide those in need with the proper care and enough love to support them on their road to recovery and a new life.

Atlantic County Chapter Start Up  

Susan Long, LSW, LCADC, CTP, DRCC is in long term recovery and was a volunteer for AIM in Philadelphia for several years before starting the New Jersey Chapter with volunteer Kerry Sullivan, which primarily serves the Atlantic City/County local population. Since that time, AIM’s presence in Atlantic County has grown tremendously and is the largest grassroots non-profit organization serving this population in the county. Susan is joined in AIM leadership by Lisa Bee, who lost her son Mathew to addiction in 2017. Lisa has since been working hand-in-hand with members of the community and Angels in Motion to help those who still suffer to find solutions. Lisa brings compasssion, kindness, and love onto the streets and treats those that are served as family. Together, they provide strong leadership and oversight to a group of many dedicated volunteers that include Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS), social workers, and persons in long term recovery with lived experience of substance use disorder, homelessness, and mental health challenges.

Current Impact

Angels in Motion distributes 15,000 blessing bags and 1,500 bags of toiletries annually throughout Atlantic County, NJ. In 2022, AIM provided sober living funding to 160 individuals to continue their journey of recovery in sober living housing. AIM also provided expedited transportation for 150 clients to admission appointments at rehab facilities through Uber/Lyft, along with transportation to 12 step meetings, appointments, social services, court, etc.

 

AIM provides care packages to clients in rehab, along with providing necessities to those in early recovery. Our goal is guide those we serve into recovery and connect them with all the recovery support services they need to begin and maintain their recovery.

 

Our in-person outreach services include our Wednesday outreach in Atlantic City, monthly luncheons at City Center Park in Atlantic City, Sunday Pleasantville outreach, holidays, and our annual Hope for the Holidays event held at Brown's Park. We also host community blessing bag events throughout Atlantic County at schools, business, churches, and recovery centers.

 

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