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“This is a space to shine a light on the shadows we hide in. This is a conversation to relieve the heaviness of silenced topics. Here’s to getting honest and getting real, feeling inspired and less alone. Thank you for joining me on this road to rediscovering the truth of who we are.
“On May 3, 2019, we were thrilled to have Kim Porter on as our guest. Since 2014, Kim Porter has served as the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Be a Part of the Conversation addresses substance use, misuse and addiction and its impact on individuals and their families by building a culture of awareness and support.
“They hold events at community centers, schools, or public venues where speakers, professionals, and people in recovery share on prevention & early intervention, understanding substance use and addiction, and supporting recovery. Kim and her fellow board members want individuals to be supported and assisted by a community that is educated and able to take timely and positive action toward healing and lifelong recovery.
Kim is a Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS). With this certification, she shares her lived experience with addiction with other families to provide recovery support services. On this episode, she shares her experience with us and so much more! We talk about addiction being a family disease, what it means to experience a ‘new normal’ and even enabling. In this episode, we dive a little deeper into what addiction is and how that relates to the brain as well as how conversations reduce stigma and invite questions and curiosity.”
Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
Latest posts by Kim Porter, CFRS (see all)
- A Conversation About Substance Use + Mock Teen Bedroom - May 23, 2019
- “Curiously Enough” Podcast: Stigma Survives in Silence - May 3, 2019
- Shining a Light on the Opioid Crisis – Montgomeryville - April 23, 2019