Alumni in Recovery Black Poster Project

The Black Poster Project: Raising Awareness Through Lives Lost to Addiction

THE BLACK POSTER PROJECT

is a labor of love created by Dee Gillen after the loss of her son, Scott, to a heroin/fentanyl overdose at age 27 in 2015.

It began with a simple social media post just prior to Overdose Awareness Day 2019. Those who wanted their loved one featured in the Project simply sent their information — an image and the dates.

In a few short months, this silent memorial grew to include over 200 Awareness Posters, which sadly, continues to grow to this day.

THE BLACK POSTER PROJECT

travels to various local area events — sometimes including all of the posters — other times, a small sample.

Attendees are invited to look at their faces, look into their eyes, read a message — as each will ‘speak back’. Perhaps these faces are familiar? Undoubtedly people ask themselves, “How this could have happened to this baseball player, this musician, this father, this mother?” Rest assured, the bereaved families ask themselves the same questions.

Learn more about the Black Poster Project here.

There is no cost to have your loved one included in THE BLACK POSTER PROJECT, please download and submit the Consent Form or call Dee Gillen at 201.906.9055.

Download Consent Form

Scott Gillen 03-23-88 TO 10-15-15

Schedule of 2020 Black Poster Project Silent Memorials

OCTOBER 2020
OCT 10 WINDWARD BEACH, BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ 2–4 PM
OCT 6 ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, CLOSTER, NJ 7–9 PM
SEPTEMBER 2020
SEP 29 VAN RIPER ELLIS BAPTIST CHURCH, FAIR LAWN, NJ 7–9 PM
SEP 24 RUCKMAN PARK, CLOSTER, NJ 5–7 PM
SEP 22 DUCK POND, DEMAREST, NJ 5–7 PM
SEP 17 KENNEDY FIELD, NORWOOD, NJ 6–8 PM
SEP 15 BERGEN NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 5–7 PM
SEP 13 SCHIRRA PARK, ORADELL, NJ 2–4 PM
AUGUST 2020
AUG 27 BOROUGH HALL, CLOSTER, NJ 6–8 PM
AUG 26 DOBROW SPORTS COMPLEX, FAIR LAWN, NJ 6–8 PM
AUG 23 VAN RIPER ELLIS BAPTIST CHURCH, FAIR LAWN, NJ 10 AM – 12 PM
AUG 22 VETERANS PARK, WESTWOOD, NJ 2–4 PM
AUG 20 ST. ELIZABETH’S CHURCH, WYCKOFF, NJ 7–9 PM
AUG 19 KENNEDY PARK, NORWOOD, NJ 6–8 PM
AUG 18 ORESKO MEMORIAL GREEN, TENAFLY, NJ 5–7 PM
AUG 17 DUCK POND, DEMAREST, NJ 6–8 PM
AUG 15 HILLBURN VETERAN PARK, HILLBURN, NY 1–3 PM
AUG 11 MEMORIAL PARK, RIVER EDGE, NJ 6–8 PM
AUG 9 OAKS PARK, OLD TAPPAN, NJ 2–4 PM
AUG 8 GAZEBO PARK, BOROUGH HALL, NEW MILFORD, NJ 2–4 PM
AUG 7 POLICE DEPARTMENT/BOROUGH HALL WASHINGTON AVE, BERGENFIELD, NJ 12–3 PM
AUG 6 SACRED HEART CHURCH, HAWORTH, NJ 6–8 PM
AUG 1 300 HAWORTH BLVD, HAWORTH, NJ 1–3 PM