Focus groups on substance abuse being held at YMCA

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A Promise to Jordan, a nonprofit organization, will be conducting focus groups to gather information to determine the need for programs and services to support residents of Granby who may be living with a substance use disorder, either currently or in recovery, and to combat and prevent substance use disorders.

The study is funded by the Pomeroy-Brace Fund of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the goal at the end of the analysis is to provide support for those in recovery or struggling with substance use disorders, or programming that would provide prevention strategies.

In-person focus groups will be held at Farmington Valley YMCA on Sept. 8, and Sept. 15, and virtual focus groups will be offered on Sept. 7 and Sept. 17.  Private meetings may also be arranged for those who wish to remain anonymous.  Anyone interested in participating should contact A Promise to Jordan at or 860-390-1391.

A Promise to Jordan is named in honor of Jordan Arakelian, a Simsbury resident who died of a heroin and fentanyl overdose on June 30, 2018 at the age of 24.  His mother, Lisa Gray, started the 501c3 organization in his memory to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of addiction, assist people in accessing quality care, and give hope that recovery is possible to those struggling with substance use disorders and their loved ones. For more information on A Promise to Jordan, visit