“We know that the opioid crisis has hit rural communities hard, and we need to leverage all possible partnerships to support these communities,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, MD. “Housing plays a vital part in the recovery process for those living with opioid use disorders.”
12/21/1956 - 12/26/2018 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away peacefully December 26, 2018 at the age of 62, with his beloved wife by his side. Kevin had a long battle with lung cancer which he fought with dignity and grace, until the Lord was ready to take him home. Kevin was the soulmate and loving husband of Katherine O'Hare, and committed father to his son Shannon, and daughters Meaghan, Kaitlyn and Kayla. Kevin was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was raised by his maternal grandparents Vera and Otis Key. He's been described by others as a "Dinamo," "Inspirational," "Powerhouse," "Walking talking Recovery Encyclopedia," "Passionate," and who's work was "Life giving to many." Kevin had many talents and joys. He loved singing and playing his guitar, traveling, sailing, playing golf, telling jokes, playing trivia, and just making others smile. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and all that had the pleasure to know him.
His Grandfather was in the service, so Kevin traveled the world at a young age. He graduated Tucson High School in 1974, served 4 years in the Air Force in Pararescue during the Viet Nam Conflict and was decorated with valor and given the Purple Heart. He later attended the University of Arizona until 1982. He was a world class swimmer in the 500 Meter and 1,500 Meter Freestyle, from 1973 to 1982. He is most recently known for his commitment to Recovery Housing, founding the Michigan Association of Recovery Residences, (MARR) in 2008, and co-founding the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, (NARR) in 2010. He volunteered as a member of the Transformational Steering Committee for the office of OROSC for the Michigan Department of Community Health where he received the "Giving Back" Award in September 2012. He also served on the Behavioral Health Advisory Council from 2012-2018. He was committed to getting funding and assuring there were standards in place for Recovery Residences to provide supportive services to those in early recovery. Kevin was also the founder of Touchstone Recovery which will continue to help men in early recovery for years to come. Kevin was a happy, fun loving soul who had a great passion for "Changing the world one life at a time."
May his legacy live on in the lives of others as his work will continue to change the world.
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