Senator’s State of the Union Guest Highlights Heroin Crisis
By: Lakeshore Staff
January 20, 2015 — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today spoke with Indiana media to discuss what he wants to hear in tonight’s State of the Union address and to introduce his guest to the State of the Union, Sharon Cranfill. Donnelly highlighted the work of Cranfill, Director of House of Ruth, in Connersville, Indiana, providing residential counseling, job training, and other services to Fayette County residents to help them recover from heroin addiction.
Connersville has been hit particularly hard by the growing heroin crisis. Since September, 41 people have overdosed on heroin in Connersville and eight have died. The House of Ruth is a non-profit that opened in 2009 and provides residential counseling, job training, and other services to Fayette County residents to help them recover from addiction and get their lives in order.
Cranfill said on the call, “With Senator Donnelly asking me to come out here, and him touring the House of Ruth and knowing what we do, and just knowing that other communities are being affected and that I am—what I told the women of the House of Ruth—I want to be a voice for people that they know that there’s hope, there is help, it’s just everyone working together to come to the solution to the problem.”