Derek’s Place

Our Mission:  To serve individuals who have been traumatized by addiction, homelessness and other mental health issues.  We aim to bring hope, understanding and self-worth to people in our community facing these issues by reducing, eliminating and stopping barriers for a person to live their lives to their full potential.


What is A Recovery Café? A Recovery Café is comprised of Member organizations committed to serving people suffering from homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges using the Recovery Café

Derek’s Story

Derek Alexander Kardos was born on November 26, 1985 at 8:15 am, he was Theresa Adkison's 2nd child and only son. Tragically, Derek passed away to Substance Use Disorder on


When you give to Derek's Place, you are helping give hope to those facing substance use disorder and homelessness. Through your support, we will build a recovery cafe. Your gift

About Derek

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Welcome, Kickballers!  This is a one-day charity kickball tourney with proceeds benefiting Dirt City Sanctuary! Join us for a great time and a great cause! All levels welcome! Must be 16+ to play.

Tournament Details

Tourney Date


Saturday, July 28, 2018

10am-6pm *Round Robin Format

Team Registration Deadline:

Saturday, July 20, 2018


Huff Park

2399 Ball Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49505


$45 a player/ $550 for a 11 man/2 sub team )(13 man team total)


T-Shirts are included in the cost, accessorize to show your team flair!

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Banner Advertising and Team Sponsorship

Dirt City Sanctuary  is a non-profit organization committed to ending the cycle of addiction and homelessness. We are hosting our first annual kickball tournament July 28, 2018. We are offering unique advertising opportunities to corporate sponsors. Our fundraising efforts range team sponsorships, fence sign advertising, and tax deductible donations. We encourage and appreciate your involvement in DCS.

Fence SignsThe two fields we will be playing on provide DCS the opportunity to sell advertising space at our tournament. Signs are professionally created and are based upon the design criteria of the sponsor. The fee allows the sign to remain in place for the entire tournament with exposure to the public during our tournament. All sponsors will be recognized on the Dirt City Sanctuary website at

Signage Sponsorship Fees:





2.5’ x 4’    



2.5’ x 6’   


Team SponsorshipBecome a team sponsor of a Dirt City Sanctuary team.  The sponsor logo is typically printed on the sleeve of the team jersey or you may choose to have the trade name on the back of the team jersey.  Team sponsors need to submit any desired logo or trade name style, together with sponsor contribution, no later than July 12, 2018 in order to allow time for the jersey to be printed before the tournament.  The cost for sponsoring a team is $350.

For more information pertaining to purchasing advertising signs or sponsoring a kickball team please contact Wendy Botts at 616.250.6423 or

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Derek's Place Board Members

Theresa Adkison

Shelly D’Avignon

Erin Eising

The Opioid Crisis

More than 2.1 million people in the United States are currently dealing with opioid related substance use disorder. 

In 2018, over 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is an average of one death every ten minutes and more than 130 people a day. Among the more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2018*, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with nearly 30,000 overdose deaths. 


The opioid epidemic has its roots in the explosive growth of prescription painkillers. Between 1991 and 2011, the number of opioid prescriptions (selling under brand names like Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet) supplied by American retail pharmacies increased from 76m to 219m. As the number of pain pills being doled out by doctors increased, so did their potency. In 2002 one in six users took a pill more powerful than morphine. By 2012 it was one in three.


Of people entering treatment for heroin substance use disorder who began abusing opioids in the 1960s, more than 80 percent started with heroin. Of those who began abusing opioids in the 2000s, 75 percent reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug.


Someone addicted to opioid painkillers is 40 times more likely to abuse or develop a substance abuse disorder to heroin than non-opioid users.


  • 80%

    Heroin Users First Abused Prescription Drugs

  • 66%

    Overdose deaths involve prescription or illicit opioid

  • 21%

    Increase In Fentanyl Related Deaths

  • 99%

    Global Hydrocodone Consumed By United States

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