Erie Co. looking for “angels” to help addicts seeking treatment

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County is looking for volunteers – also known as “angels” to help people struggling with addiction.

These “angels” are people who are willing to volunteer their time, and be somewhat of a guardian angel. The program helps people go from addiction to rehabilitation, with the angels giving them support, and to keep them on the right track. Sometimes the volunteer job involves these “angels” to respond at unusual times during the day.

So far, Erie County has 47 of these angels, and they’re looking to get more. The ultimate goal is get 100 volunteers.

The program falls under the county’s Rapid Evaluation Appropriate Placement Program – also known as REAP.

The program was first introduced in Massachusetts – and was considered a success in trying to help people find treatment and avoid any trouble with the police on their journey.

For more information on the program, go to: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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