CARE for Dodge County

When you’re in recovery, no holiday challenges your sobriety quite like New Year’s Eve. Temptations are plenty, and the struggle is real.

CARE for Dodge County is providing a free, fun alternative to the traditional year-end celebration by hosting a “Safe and Sober” New Year’s Eve party.

CARE, which stands for Community Awareness and Recovery Environment, is a nonprofit organization with the goal of bringing awareness, prevention and education to Dodge County about the disease of opiate addiction.

Wendy Borner, president of CARE, said the organization helps residents who are recovering from substance use disorder. They planned the party as a safe place to go during a high-risk time of the year.

“We are targeting people who are in recovery, but anyone is welcome to attend,” Borner said. “The night will be filled with games, food, music, a raffle and much more.”

After CARE hosted a similar sober Halloween party that was well attended, Borner said the organization decided to add more social events at its center, located at 900 Green Valley Road, Suite S, Beaver Dam.

“We host a game night the last Wednesday of every month that has been very popular, drawing people from Waupun, Fond du Lac and West Bend,” she said. “It’s helpful to just be with others who are going through the same issues.”

The “Safe and Sober” New Year’s Eve party will take place at the CARE center beginning Sunday at 7 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m. Attendees may bring a dish to pass if they wish. For more information on CARE and its services, call -920-631-7155 or email