Amy Marvin lost her son Rusty to an accidental cocaine overdose on July 7, 2005. This traumatic and life-altering event had an effect on her and her husband Rick that most people don’t experience and never make it through. They decided to do something immediately about the drug addiction epidemic in their community in memory of their son. Three months after they buried their son, they started a non-profit organization called Rusty’s House. Rusty’s House is a Teen and Young Adult Drug and Alcohol Support Facility that offered assistance to any family in need of helping their kids through the addiction process.
While running the organization she realized that with all their efforts and heartfelt drive to make a difference in the lives of others, it was just not enough to battle the overwhelming power of addiction and the huge void for support for parents in need. Amy started a free parent grief support group focusing on helping parents of addicts get the help and support they need as well as weekly meetings for them to gather and share with other parents who have lost their children to addiction.
The heartache never heals after the loss of your child but Amy and Rick have proven that by helping others recovery gives purpose and stability to keep moving forward. Amy understands that the grief from losing a child to addiction becomes bearable with the support and understanding of others who have been where you are. Amy has a vital role with the extreme intervention process as she helps console and comfort the parents of the clients Rick and his team attempt to rescue. Parents come to Rick and Amy feeling hopeless and scared to death. Amy shares her strength and hope as she sits with these parents for hours and sometimes days on end. She is driven by the spirit of her son and giving hope and spiritual support to others while dealing with this family disease is her purpose in life.