SHINE, the Self-Help Information Network Exchange was established to encourage the growth and development of the self-help process in Lackawanna County and to assure the permanent recognition of self-help as a viable human service for meeting community needs.
SHINE serves as a supportive, non-intrusive professional base whose major goal is to promote the concept of self-help in Lackawanna County. SHINE engages in the following activities to reach its major goal:
- Initiates new self-help groups,
- Makes referral to self-help groups,
- Offers consultation to group working within the framework of the self-help concept,
- Provides equipment and printed resources to self-help groups,
- Increases public and professional awareness of self-help groups,
- Offers workshops to provide learning opportunities in group process, advocacy, publicity, and problem solving,
- Facilitates Drug and Alcohol Support Groups.
SHINE is monitored annually by the Lackawanna / Susquehanna Office for Drug and Alcohol Programs.
- Establishment and maintenance of support groups to serve as prevention to substance abuse. These groups include SADD, Youth Ministry Teams, Task Forces, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
- Community Presentations and Panel discussions to promote relevant resources for substance abusers, including the “BABES” Drug and Alcohol Education program to the local Headstart Programs,
- Operation of a clearinghouse of Self-help Information and Referral.
- Provides occasional workshops on relevant substance abuse issues.
- Participate in Health & Information Fairs throughout the county disseminating VAC and Drug & Alcohol materials.
- Provides RADAR and Prevline Resources to the community. The Lackawanna / Susquehanna Office for Drug & Alcohol Programs and Lackawanna / Susquehanna MH/MR Program provides funding for SHINE.
- Pre-schools and Day Care Centers.