Liberation Programs to honor First Selectman Jayme Stevenson at June benefit

Liberation Programs­ will honor First Selectman Jayme Stevenson at its 11th annual Spirit of Hope benefit on Thursday, June 7 , at 6 Woodway Country Club. Liberation Program is one of Fairfield County’s leading behavioral health organizations specializing in treatment for addiction and substance abuse

Liberation Programs’ Board of Directors will recognize Stevenson for her "extraordinary commitment to the agency’s mission and programs" at the benefit, they said.

According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, there were a record-breaking 1,038 overdose deaths in Connecticut in 2017. Jayme sees a critical purpose in being part of the event, “I’m honored to be included among the recipients of Liberation’s Spirit of Hope award this year because it gives me the chance to emphasize how vitally important it is for us to provide the best addiction treatment possible to ensure people have the greatest chance for a sustainable life in recovery.”  Alan Mathis, Liberation Programs’ President and Chief Executive Officer, praises the community leader’s thoughtful approach to ending the opioid epidemic. “Jayme understands that what Liberation does saves lives.”

The funds raised during Spirit of Hope will be used to support Liberation Program’s new state-of-the-art Health & Wellness Center in Bridgeport. The Center will allow the organization the ability to holistically bring together an expanded array of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and wrap-around services to a larger number of people in the greater Bridgeport area.

Spirit of Hope 2018 Honorees

  • Jayme Stevenson, first selectman, Darien
  • Reyno A. Giallongo Jr., chairman & CEO, First County Bank
  • Michael Askew, Manager, Bridgeport Recovery Community Center

For more information, contact Jim Deadwyler at or call 203.604.1162.


Liberation Programs (LPI) is a private, nonprofit substance abuse prevention and treatment organization serving more than 2,000 individuals and families annually throughout lower Fairfield County since 1971. Liberation provides services for youth, adults, and families that include two inpatient treatment programs, outpatient and intensive outpatient services, health education for older adults and people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, treatment and resources for adolescents and their families, education and prevention efforts in the community, and permanent supportive housing for families. For more information about Liberation Programs,