Compassion: Aiding in the Opioid Epidemic

Compassion: When Louie asked you how you were doing, he expected an honest answer. He looked you in the eye and he listened. He may have chided you or made a joke in his semi-awkward way, but you knew he wanted the best for you. His famous hugs were the perfect symbol of his caring persona and his passionate determination to help. Live for Lou has an educational component as well as various resources for helping young people in need. We will honor Louie’s legacy of no friend left behind.

Since 2014, Live for Lou has given nearly $70,000 towards our Compassion Initiatives
  • Scholars on the quest for an education that will bring them back to Cape Cod for a career in addiction counseling or therapy- $18,000 (four scholars)
  • Recovery and Addiction Programs: $25,000
  • Calmer Choice: Mindfulness Programs
  • Community Development Partnership: Client Placement at Canal House
  • Gosnold: Sober Living, Miller House, Recovery Coaches, Insurance Deductibles.
  • Wellfleet Health Center: $25,000

*Calmer Choice

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*Community Development Partnership


The CDP’s Canal house, a residential facility in Orleans, MA houses eight residents. Partnering with Gosnold, Canal House residents participate in developing individualized service plans utilizing twelve step principles, family involvement and continuing care support. During this time they also work in local jobs, attend school, or perform community service.

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*Drug Counseling Scholarship
In Live for Lou’s effort to find innovative and effective ways to fight the Opioid epidemic we have created a Drug Counseling Scholarship.

This $3,000-$5,000 scholarship is for a student who is pursuing new or continuing education the form of a certificate, license, undergraduate or advanced degree, or formal education to pursue a career as a substance abuse counselor. The scholarship was open to student from Massachusetts, with a preference for students from Cape Cod.

A volunteer committee of family, friends and professionals came together to select the top applicant.
Committee Members:
-Jennifer Franzen, Live for Lou Administrative Lead
-Katrina Fryklund, Live for Lou Co-Chair
-Holly LeBart, Mother of Louie
-Nick LeBart, Brother of Louie
-Todd LeBart, Father of Louie and Live for Lou Co-Chair
-Patty Mitrokostas, Director of Prevention at Gosnold helped to round out the committee.
-Eric Porteus, Best Friend to Louie
-Courtney Poignand, LMHC, CAGS, CPT, KYT , Owner of the Center for Self-Care & Calmer Choice Mindfulness Coach


Live for Lou Drug Counseling Scholarship
Purpose: For a student who is pursuing a certificate, license, undergraduate or advanced degree, or other formal education to pursue a career as a substance abuse counselor. The scholarship is open to students from Massachusetts with a preference for students from Cape Cod.
# of Awards:      1
Amount:             up to $5,000

2016 Recipient: Laura Thorup (Boston University), who plans to utilize her Masters in Social Work by working with those facing drug addiction on Cape Cod.

2017 Recipient: Mackayla Davis (UMass Amherst), who will be an advocate for substance abuse prevention and treatment.

2018 Recipient: Gretchen Schwelm (Boston University), who understands the macro- and micro-level dynamics of addiction and plans on continuing to assist in and advocate for the need of Recovery Coaches in the recovery process.

2019 Recipient: Michelle Ferreira $3,000 to pursue her certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling at Cape Cod Community College. Ferreira enters this field due to her experience tackling addiction and finding sobriety, and states, “It’s my passion to help others fight the disease of addiction the way I did and give them hope that they can achieve sobriety.”

Live for Lou Drug Counseling Scholarship

Todd, Katrina, Laura and Holly at Cape Cod Foundation Scholarship Reception

Our 2019 Scholarship timeline has elapsed.
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*Gosnold on Cape Cod

GosnoldGosnold on Cape Cod is an organization with you are all familiar. Beginning in April, 2016 Live for Lou began an alliance with this growing organization with a $6,000 pledge of support.

While Gosnold treats many different types of addictions with a myriad of therapies, Live for Lou has opted to support three very specific initiatives.

There are many different steps on the road to recovery. Many addicts start with in-patient care, and proceed to residential care. The Miller House of Gosnold, a residential homes for men in recovery, is located in Falmouth, MA. At the Miller House residents can opt for short– or long-term treatment. The Miller House specifically focuses on methadone detoxification, clients in opioid treatment program, mental health treatment, and substance abuse treatment.

After In-Patient and Residential care comes the enormous feat of community immersion. What is one to do when your social life generally consists of those who are still addicts– or when everyone in the community pegs you as an addict yourself? A recovery coach plays many roles, from teaching basic life skills such as financial management to providing counseling and support. Results are promising. In 2015, at Gosnold, as reported by K.C. Myers, “about 100 had been through the program, and 30 had been involved for nine months or more, Ray Tamasi said. Of that group of 30, only three have had short regressions, he said.” (5/17/2015)

Lastly, LFL is funding families and patients who lack the funding to pay insurance deductibles. Proper treatment is expensive and most who pursue treatment fear the cost associated. Live for Lou seeks to combat this fiscal grievance.

As an organization funding efforts to combat Cape Cod’s drug epidemic, Gosnold aligns perfectly with Live for Lou’s Mission.