Support group aims to help fight addiction with New Lenox event on March 30

Guest speaker will share her experience with a substance use disorder

The Hero Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is continuing its work to help those dealing with a substance use disorder and stop the ongoing opioid epidemic.

The foundation will host its Family and Friend Support Group in New Lenox later this month, according to a news release.

The event will feature guest speaker Kayla Mochel who will share her experience with addiction while balancing young children and her marriage all by the age of 23.

The foundation added in the release attendees seeking help will “experience a supportive atmosphere and meet with our families who have similar experiences.”

The support group event will be held at the Lincolnway Christian Church, located at 690 E. Illinois Highway in New Lenox on Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

No reservation is required for the event. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing. Refreshments will be served.

The Hero organization said it has been working to educate the public about the disease of addiction, stop the ongoing opioid epidemic and provide support for families with a loved one dealing with addiction.

For more information, visit or call Hero’s executive director, Jan Dombrowski, at 815-258-9294.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.