2023 Year-End Review
Not One More Alabama continues to provide programs and resources that connect individuals and families who are seeking recovery, living in recovery and dealing with loss.
The reach through our website from January 1, 2023 to November 27, 2023 grew to:
11,429 Unique Visits
19,258 Page Views
Our following on social media continued to grow on Facebook with 6,838 followers and a reach of 106,405 from January to November 2023.
Our reach on Instagram grew to 5,596 with 907 followers; and NOMA’s connections on Linkedin doubled in 2023.
Our weekly Family Support Group held almost 50 meetings and supported hundreds of families throughout the year.
An additional eight individuals are providing support services to our community as Parent Coaches who received training by NOMA in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the Partnership to End Addiction.
NOMA’s second annual Recovery at the River was attended by more than 200 people. This fellowship event provided a safe, sober space for people in recovery and their families. Delicious food, games and entertainment were enjoyed by all at Ditto Landing.
NOMA hosted its 6th Annual End Addiction HSV Walk at Big Spring Park. More than 36 treatment, recovery and support organizations set up resource tables. The University of Alabama’s Project Freedom was among those resources and put 156 NARCAN kits in the hands of people who needed it. This year, NOMA added the Battle Before the Walk, a dinner featuring keynote speaker David Battle, former Johnson High School and Auburn University football standout.
NOMA sponsored its first Softball Team: The Sober Sluggers. This provides another safe, sober opportunity for our recovery community to connect and enjoy safe and sober activities.
The Discovery Room, the mobile education trailer equipped to represent a typical teenager’s room, got back on the road in 2023 and continues to be a popular educational opportunity for schools, churches and businesses.
Kim Houser was hired as NOMA’s first Executive Director. Kim rose to the top of candidates applying for the position due to her experience in the nonprofit world and her passion for the mission of Not One More Alabama.
The Drug Education Council of Mobile and the Partnership to End Addiction in Birmingham partnered with NOMA to host the 4th Annual Grief Workshop Weekend. As in year’s past, licensed grief counselors facilitated the workshop designed specifically for families who have lost a loved-one to addiction or accidental overdose.
For the 7th year, NOMA sponsored the Angel Tree, a flagship tree on Tinsel Trail in Downtown Huntsville. More than 110 photos of loved-ones lost were submitted by family members. NOMA will also host its annual Candlelight Memorial Service for families to gather at the tree.
This year, NOMA added a second flagship tree to celebrate people living in recovery. The Tree of Hope stands tall with 115 ornaments representing more than 746 years of recovery. The employees of Coca-Cola Huntsville graciously sponsored the first Tree of Hope.
NOMA was invited to speak and appear at several community events including: the annual conference of the Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies; Resourcing Recovery sponsored by Alabama Alliance of Recovery Residences; Pre-Med students at the UAB School of Medicine and the UAB Heersink School of Medicine at the Huntsville campus.
Three board members were featured in the WHNT TV 19 segment “Pain and Suffering: The Opioid Story.” A group of board members attended the annual RX and Illicit Drug Summit in Atlanta. NOMA was honored to be nominated for Outreach of the Year by Trideum Grounds for Hope, and was chosen as the beneficiary of the first fundraiser that ATO Fraternity at UAH held for their fraternity brother who passed away from an accidental overdose.
In 2024, our nonprofit will grow and expand services that include a centrally located recovery community center. The Damson family has donated the old Monarch Lanes Bowling Alley located less than 2 miles from downtown Huntsville. The building will enable NOMA to provide lasting support to our recovery community. The project caught the attention of a Huntsville Leadership Group who made it their community awareness project of the year.