Chautauqua Bright Spots to highlight area ‘safe havens’

JAMESTOWN — Chautauqua Bright Spots will recognize six new “Bright Spots” on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio in Jamestown.

Bright Spots are groups, organizations, or other entities in the local community that are making Chautauqua County a better and brighter place to live, work and play.

The six entities being recognized each, in their own way, represent “safe havens” in our community. Those being recognized include the Addiction Response Ministry, Bread of Life Food Pantry (at Healing Word Ministries Church of God), Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County, The Exchange at Evergreen Health, Joe Z’s Coffee House and the Salvation Army Anew Center. Representatives from each of these Bright Spots will speak about their programs and why they have been a success in Chautauqua County.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Chautauqua Bright Spots is an initiative of the HOPE Chautauqua Coalition, which promotes substance abuse prevention in the county.

Designated Bright Spots embody the committee’s mission to: empower neighborhoods, groups and individuals to create positive community change; highlight positive alternatives to harmful behaviors; and build community connectedness to make Chautauqua a healthier place to live, work and play.

If you know of groups, entities, or organizations in Chautauqua County that fit the description of a Bright Spot, please like the Facebook page ( and fill out an online nomination form. Nominations will be accepted continuously, and Bright Spots will be designated at special recognition events on a periodic basis.

There are many Bright Spots out there, so let’s give them the recognition they deserve!