April 2007 marked the birth of the Wilson County Substance Abuse Coalition. Early 2007, Wilson Families In Action (WFA) pulled together all of its resources from the last 25 years of existence and called upon Wilson County agencies, from law enforcement to city and county managers to the faith community and school system, to be a part of the first meeting of the Coalition on April 12th. On that day, many came and WFA’s hard work was realized as Will Winslow, Chairman of the Board of Education at the time, Ellis Williford, County Manager, and other key stakeholders made their stand to address Substance Abuse in Wilson County.
Within a year of existence the Coalition established a director, Erin J. Day, an executive board, and bylaws. The group initiated committees such as the Community Awareness Committee, Parent Involvement Committee, and Youth Involvement Committee.
Programs such as Red Ribbon Week, Family Day, Talk It Up. Lock It Up!, Operation Medicine Drop, and a Safe Homes Initiative have been born, advocated for, and implemented. The Coalition has also been able to conduct the PRIDE survey throughout the Wilson County public school system, thanks to Dr. Larry Price & Superintendent Sean Bulson.
“The Coalition is organized for
the charitable purpose of reducing substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in the community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.”
Erin Day has been the Director of the Coalition for five years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business & a Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Philosophy. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Teresa Ellen is the Director of the Wilson County Health Department. She and her husband live in Wilson. She has served on the Coalition board for two years.