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Titus House is seen in this undated photo. House’s sister, Melita Flynn, is holding a benefit in her brother’s name to raise money for the John Howard Society.
PARSONS POND The death of her brother, Titus House has led Melita Flynn to the role of fundraiser, as the community centre in Parsons Pond will host the Titus E. House Benefit to raise money for the John Howard Society.
Flynn said her brother suffered from an addiction to prescription drugs. After he died last August the John Howard Society stepped in to help his son, and the family wanted to give back in some way.
“If we can help just one family in some way it would be worth it,” said Flynn on the phone from Parsons Pond. “My brother had the biggest heart; he was the best brother anyone could have and we really miss him.”
She said the John Howard Society did very well for her nephew, working with him, providing him with courses and counseling.
The event will host local talent, as well as a cake drive, t-shirt sales and a candle-lighting service. House was 42 when he died and although Flynn chose not to disclose the details of her brother’s death, she said prescription drugs became a factor.
“I don’t think there’s enough information out there about prescription drug addiction and that’s something that the John Howard Society deals with,” she said. “If my brother had to have lived he probably could have benefitted from them as well.”
John Howard Society regional director Charlie Young said he will be attending the benefit.
“Addiction is the root cause of a lot of crime, it’s certainly a big factor in people committing crimes,” he said.
“We have programming that helps people get away from their addictions and help them make better choices in life.”
Young said the John Howard Society depends heavily on funding from government sources, which means in recent months they have been subject to budget cuts.
The Parsons Pond benefit and others like it, he said, are very important.
The benefit takes place tonight at the community centre in Parsons Pond. For more information call 931-2086.