Presenting the Spirit of Hope 2017 Honorees



 Allison (Icy) Frantz
Community Leader, Greenwich

Since 2008, Icy has been carrying on the crusade initiated by Gini and Lou Bantle: to increase public awareness of the issues of alcohol and drug addiction in Fairfield County, while advocating for the lifesaving treatment and supportive services that sustain recovery and give people a second chance.




St. John’s Community Foundation, Stamford 
A longtime partner of Liberation Programs, St. John’s Community Foundation has provided critical financial support that ensures our recoverees can receive lifesaving treatment and counseling services. St. John’s embraces Liberation’s values in the spirit of building and deepening relationships based on recognition and cultivation of our strengths as individuals and members of a greater community.




Deacon Ted B. Meekins
Chairman, East End Community Council, Bridgeport

Ted Meekins has committed himself to uplifting the lives of people living in Bridgeport, which includes Liberation Programs’ recoverees. Ted’s goal has been to eliminate the impossible choices people often have to make and allow them the opportunity to have access to 
healthcare, including treatment for their drug and alcohol addiction, mental health services, a chance at decent housing and to realize the American Dream.