A Butler County family is so grateful for the services of a local addiction treatment center that they have donated $2,600 for a new play area at Sojourner’s “Hill” location.
Samantha Weber was addicted to heroin and gave birth to her daughter in the front yard of her home almost one year ago. Butler County Children Services got involved and told her she could either get clean or lose her newborn daughter and seven-year-old son.
“I got pregnant with her and was using in my pregnancy,” Weber said. “I ended up having my daughter in my yard and my dad actually delivered my baby. That’s how Children Services got involved. It would have been if I didn’t get into rehab and get clean I could have my kids taken.”
Weber’s mom, Yolanda, and her uncle Scott Bowling have organized the Memory Run, an annual poker motorcycle run in Trenton, for 10 years, and Weber said this year she wanted the proceeds to benefit a local organization.
“We decided to start donating the money because it wasn’t really a memory, someone was just winning it,” Yolanda Weber said. “I wanted it to stand for something.”
The family chose Sojourner Recovery Services to receive its donation because Samantha had recently graduated from its programs and is doing well.
This year’s Memory Run was held in honor of Justin Bowling, Yolanda Weber’s nephew, who died of a drug overdose in 2006 at the age of 19.