Recovery and Wellness Family Skills Support Program Testimonials
“In just a few meetings at Guiding Hearts, I have felt understood, learned I am not alone in dealing with family members with addiction issues, and been taught about ways to help make myself healthier. Only then will I be able to help others in my family. Martha is a humble, unselfish and loving leader. The videos and guest speakers are helpful and educational. Guiding Hearts helps me take one day at a time.” - Bob
“To anyone who needs hope: This is about Guiding Hearts with Hope. Since I and my family started going to their recovery wellness meetings there have been a lot of less fighting between us. My family is a lot more understanding then before. I have been fighting my addiction for a while. I am proud to say that I am sober and continuing to be. Knowledge is power and Guiding Hearts with Hope, gives me that power. I am very thankful for Martha and Guiding Hearts with Hope.” – James
“I’m a new member to the Guiding Hearts with Hope support meetings. What I’ve learned in this short time is that this is a place for healing. I feel so good after attending the meetings and find that there are people out there with the exact same struggles that I have. I don’t feel so alone and isolated. There is a great deal of thought and organization put into these meetings as evidenced by the varying agendas. There is a great deal of purpose and learning at the meetings as well. I would highly recommend attending to anyone who is faced with the challenge of a mentally ill/substance abuse issues in their family.” - Julie
“I have been attending the support meetings for about a year and 4 months they have been a great help to me. They have given me strength to get my life back and it's the only place I feel that I can go to just sit and relax for the time that I am there while getting support from Martha and the other members.” - Stacey
“Lessons Learned: The first lesson I learned was: I was not alone! There are many families affected by this disease. Many people hurting in silence. The second lesson I learned was: It was MY Recovery and I had to change! For the sake of my sanity and the crumbling of my family I had to make a change. The third lesson I learned was: Recovery was possible for me and my loved one! I learned that this was a disease not a choice. I learned that I am not the cause, I cannot control it, and I am not the cure. I learned all this and a whole lot more with the help of the support team of Guiding Hearts with Hope and I am so THANKFUL! - Connie
“Dear Friends - Our family began coming to Guiding Hearts with Hope a few months ago. We were looking for a place to get help for our family, not just for our son. We wanted some place spiritual but not “churchy”. We wanted to be uplifted and given hope. From our first day, we could see and feel the great dedication from Martha but also all the speakers. Our family saw a change in a much more positive way right from the start. It has truly been a great source of hope and enlightenment. We would and will highly recommend Guiding Hearts with Hope to anyone who needs personal progress in their troubled lives.” – Susan and Mike
What The Communities Are Saying...
"I have known Martha King for the past 36 years. She is a woman of strong conviction and character. For many years, she has been contacting local families to assist with proper disposal of outdated or unused prescriptions. Most recently, she became involved in a program of Education and Awareness to prevent children from becoming involved in drug abuse and to make them and their families aware of the tremendous impact that drug addiction causes.
During my many years of Pediatric practice, I worked with many children with drug addiction problems and understand first-hand the impact on the entire family.
I am proud of Martha King and her tireless dedication to all of the projects in which she becomes involved and trust that she will continue to give her very best effort in participating in any project."
Alvaro Alandete MD-FAAP
"Martha King participated and completed the coursework required to gain the Pennsylvania Certification Board's (PCB) Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) credential in 2011. Martha emulates an understanding of addictive disease that supersedes many professionals currently working in the field of human/social services, which is an invaluable asset when working in any capacity throughout our local communities. Martha is hard working, gifted, and committed, to all individuals and families seeking healing and transformation from substance-use disorders. She comprehends the often-devastating frustration and infliction on families who lack support and treatment services, and the impact this often has on generations to follow. Her innovative program, Guiding Hearts with Hope, provides an appropriate venue for optimism and restoration. I would recommend support for her and her agency in any capacity."
Barbara J. Genna, MHS
"I thank God for Martha King and her team of leaders in the putting so much effort into making this awareness to recovery possible. The world is brighter by the rainbow they bring to this very tough life called addiction. May God shine His grace to all that have come forward to give of their time for Guiding Hearts with Hope. May their strong beliefs always inspire others to believe and most of all to find recovery."
"I have known Martha King and the Guiding Hearts with Hope Organization since 2011 and of her efforts to organize Drug Take-Back events in the Hanover area for three years. I am working with her at the present time in the formation of a York-Adams Pharmaceuticals Stewardship Alliance (YAPSA) as part of Penn State Extension education and outreach promoting water quality. Martha King, through the Guiding Hearts with Hope Organization is providing leadership in identifying and assembling key organizations in the community to promote proper disposal of pharmaceuticals.
Martha King, through the Guiding Hearts with Hope Organization has served the community through organizing support groups and prayer vigils for families suffering from the disease that is drug addiction and organizing town hall meetings to educate the public about the law enforcement and environmental issues. Ms. King has taken action to remove unused and expired medications through organizing six drug take-back events in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Take-Back Initiative. These events, held in Hanover, PA, resulted in removal over 3,000 pounds of potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals for proper disposal.
Ms. King is working with the Watershed Alliance of York, Penn State Extension, and York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA), Law Enforcement agencies, pharmacies and other stakeholders to: "Create a broad-based stakeholder forum and network to identify and share strategies and resources about proper pharmaceutical and personal care product use and disposal. The goal of the network is to increase awareness and knowledge and positively influence attitudes leading to behavior changes, responsible pharmaceutical and personal care product use, proper disposal and protection of the environment."
As a result of these activities YAPSA is working to place drug disposal containers in selected law enforcement facilities to keep drugs from accumulating between take-back events. Partners in this effort are promoting YCSWA disposal guidelines in their workshops and outreach events and working to develop adult and youth education materials in an effort to educate the public and change attitudes and behavior.
Martha King has the energy and drive to move drug disposal efforts forward because for her this is personal, having impacted her family. She is tireless in her advocacy for more accessible disposal in order to reduce dependency and accidental poisonings through reducing drug availability. By seeking out other stakeholders, she is increasing the scope and effectiveness of her outreach efforts and creating support to move the issue into the greater community."
Natural Resources Educator, Gypsy Moth Coordinator
Penn State Extension
Renewable and Natural Resources Team
"It is my professional pleasure to advocate for Martha King and Guiding Hearts with Hope organization. For several years this organization has been dedicated in providing education to the Hanover community on issues relating to substance abuse and addiction disorders. There have been numerous occasion in which our office has referred constituents to Guiding Hearts with Hope, whereupon they received vital information and support. Recently this organization took a proactive approach by collaborating with local agencies bringing awareness to the residents about prescription drug abuse."
193rd Legislative District
"Martha King has a calling in life and I believe that her purpose here on this earth is to help others. She started a support group for families in recovery affected by substance abuse and addiction. She is very educated and believes that everyone deserves a second chance in life. She has compassion for her fellow neighbor and will always help in the healing process of those who's loved ones are traveling down the hard path in life. Martha has also brought the "Take Back Medicine" program to the Hanover area. She contacted the proper authorities to organize and to make sure that old and unused prescriptions can be removed from the home and discarded so that they are not accessible - and get into the wrong hands. This is now part of a yearly event.
Martha is very passionate. She is always looking for ways to improve our community; to help where she is needed. She recently organized a recovery candle light vigil in September 2012. She is hoping to change how society sees the illness of addiction and that together with the community, recovery is possible.
Martha is a wonderful, caring person with a very big heart. She is an asset to the community. I believe that "Guiding Hearts with Hope" will bring strength and hopefulness to those who are struggling and need a support system. Martha is very kindhearted and is the right person to lead this group."
"Martha's leadership skills are a result of a strong personal mission, something for which she is dynamically passionate. She continues to reach out to help those who have fallen prey to addiction. She has brought awareness to the forefront and has helped to pioneer causes in our area such as the Take Back programs, in which medications can be safely disposed and the creation of *YAPSA (York-Adams Pharmaceuticals Stewardship Alliance). She truly cares about eradicating drug abuse and she treats those who are addicted and their families with respect. *YAPSA is a diverse group of stakeholders from York and Adams Counties consisting of pharmacies, law enforcement, Guiding Hearts with Hope, the Watershed Alliance of York, Penn State Extension and the York County Solid Waste Authority, to name a few. They are committed to protecting our environment and its inhabitants from the impacts of improper management of pharmaceuticals.
Martha is conscientious and she is a motivated go-getter when it comes to this cause. She continues to spend many hours educating herself as to the newest trends in drugs, the disease of addiction, studies and treatments. She obtained her CRS (Certified Recovery Specialist) certification.
The Hanover and surrounding communities have benefited from Martha's relentless work. She is very committed to awareness and prevention, and she has been very dedicated to making our area a better place. She has worked hard to tear down the "stigma" of addiction so that individuals can recognize the warning signs and seek help. In 2012 she and her team carried out the first community recovery event to further bring awareness and working on the second event and will continue on a yearly basis if possible. Each step Martha and her team takes is a leap for patients and families who struggle with addiction.
Martha works with a wide gamut of professionals and lay persons in order to further her mission. I have seen her grow, and there's no stopping her energy because she truly is committed to doing everything she possibly can in order to elicit positive outcomes. She is passionate, compassionate, insightful, knowledgeable, and sensitive to the needs of others. She is a woman of her word and she has always followed up in any challenge she has taken on. She is dependable and caring, a woman of integrity, honor, and faith.
Don't confuse her soft-spoken voice with weakness, because she is a pillar of strength. By the same token, she is sensitive to the needs of others. She is one who plans well and is articulate when speaking to individuals and groups of all walks of life. Martha is a natural leader when it comes to this cause. And while I am proud to call her my friend, I think I'm even prouder of the woman she has become. She has showed much strength in the face of adversity and through it all, she has become an icon of hope for those who are struggling with addiction."
Carolyn B. Conrad