The Gathering Place serves as a fiscal agent for Athens HOPE and the Executive Director, Ginger Schmalenberg serves on their board.


Executive Summary

Athens HOPE, Helping Overcome substance use disorder through Prevention and Education, is a community initiative founded in 2017 to aid in the fight against the opioid epidemic. The taskforce is committed to providing education and community building events, advocacy opportunities, support for those providing supportive services and encouraging inclusion and acceptance by reducing stigma surrounding substance use disorder.


Create a supportive community through substance use disorder education and advocacy.


Changing community views about substance misuse through education and prevention.