To educate the community on opiate abuse and provide support for families and those suffering addiction.
Our vision is to provide assistance to those who are struggling with addiction through
financial aid, counseling and eventually treatment facilities. We will continue to be a
strong voice in schools and communities speaking about the dangers of drug addiction
and signs to look for. We will be a listening ear to those that need to understand drug
addiction and help educate them. We want to create a community that is healthier,
more understanding, and more educated about the dangers of opiate addiction.
Eventually Andy’s Angels would like to open its own rehab facility.
Andy’s Angels is committed to the community, those suffering opiate addiction, and the families who are looking to us for support. We value working together toward our common goal, and we will always be open to other ideas and opinions in order to maximize our potential. Andy’s Angels will positively contribute to the community and continue our mission with heart and open minds. We will be leaders in the community. We will continue to step up and take every opportunity to speak and work with other groups and communities fighting the same cause. We will strive to shape the future of the younger generation; and continuing to be role models through education will achieve that.
Mike Hirst – Bio
I was born and raised in Jackson County and am a graduate of Jackson High School. In 1986, I started my own family electrical business, Hirst Electric Company, which continues to be successful today. We are members of the Jackson Commercial Contractor’s Association and also the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce. I am married to Rindy Hirst and I have four daughters and one son, Andy who passed away in 2010 from a heroin overdose. I am a founding member of the Grass Lake Wellness Coalition. My family and I founded Andy’s Angels, a non-profit foundation formed in an effort to educate the community on opiate abuse and provide support for families and those suffering from addiction.
January 24, 2013, I was honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year for Jackson.
In 2014, I helped form the Jackson County Drug Summit. The first Summit was held on December 4, 2014 and featured speeches given by community leaders including law enforcement, judges, public safety officers and doctors. I spoke on behalf of Andy’s Angels and brought along two recovering individuals who shared their stories amongst a room that was at full capacity.
In March of 2015, I spoke as part of the Drug Forum at a local school. I teamed up once again with community leaders to educate our youth. We hope we can continue to educate at more local schools in the near future.
Our 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner was held on April 18, 2015, and I was honored with Citizen of the Year by the Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand the Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarczynka. I was both surprised and humbled. It was a very special moment for me and I am deeply grateful for the honor. I will continue to work hard and fight against this deadly disease.
Annual Event Info
Andy’s Angels holds an Annual Benefit Dinner in early spring to raise funds to educate the community on opiate abuse and provide support for families and those suffering addiction. The funds raised from this dinner assist with the cost of treatment programs as well as educational materials. We also provide clothing and incidentals for those suffering opiate addiction as they enter and exit rehab. This past year we were able to raise over $20,000.
We receive tremendous support from the community both emotionally and financially. All prizes and live auction items are donated. Our foundation continues to be successful because of such strong community support.