Coroner, treatment center win Salt and Light awards
GREENSBURG — Indiana County’s coroner and an organization in Cherryhill Township that is on the front lines of the battle against substance abuse will be recognized for their good works at the 19th annual Catholic Charities’ Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner April 20 in North Huntingdon.
That recognition will help add to the nearly $1.1 million that has been raised for Catholic Charities since the first dinner in 1999. These proceeds help the most vulnerable and at-risk people in the diocese’s four counties with temporary emergency assistance with food, light, water, sewage, all heating sources and other essentials.
Jerry Lee Overman Jr., the Indiana County coroner and a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Coral, will be honored for humanitarianism.
SpiritLife Inc., a faith-based inpatient treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction and related disorders, will be honored as the Outstanding Human Services Organization.
“These parishioners and organizations have answered the call to serve their sisters and brothers in the spirit of the Salt and Light theology,” Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, managing director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg, said in a release. “In very quiet and unassuming ways, they have assisted so many people, especially ‘the least of these, our brothers and sisters,’ with generosity, charity, justice and peace.”
Overman, of Homer City, was cited in his nomination for service on the Indiana County Suicide Task Force, the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, the county’s Drug Free Coalition and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. He also was lauded for his and his staff’s work with families when they face the death of a loved one, especially in the cases of suicide and drug overdose.
SpiritLife is a nondenominational organization that was founded in 2013 and addresses the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals ravaged by chemical addiction and provides assistance to the families affected by addiction, according to the nomination.
SpiritLife collaborates with other service organizations to help provide assistance to people when they return to their homes, families, communities and jobs.
The nomination included praise for the faith that drives this organization’s work and its compassion and commitment to the recovery of the whole person.
Also honored at the dinner for philanthropy will be Patricia Smiy, a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin.