The State of the StateAddress
January 9, 2020
Special Honorees ~ The Tatro Family
Jenna Tatrowas 26 years old when her family lost her to a fatal overdose. Jenna’s mom and dad, Dawn and Greg, and Jenna’s brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Amy, have turned their grief, into hope and help for others battling this deadly disease. The Tatro family’s six-yearpainful struggle to understand substance abuse, find suitable treatment centers, and cope with the day-to-day issues that come with having a family member with thedisorder, led tothe formation of Jenna’s Promise.Jenna’s Promiseis dedicatedto helping those suffering from substance use disorder and fulfilling Jenna’s promise to make a difference.
You can find their recognition by Vermont Governor, Phil Scott at minute 54:30 of this video.
Excerpt From the Video:
“Dawn and Greg Tatro from Lamoille County didn’t choose their challenge this past year, when they lost their daughter, Jenna, to a fatal overdose. She was only 26. But through their tremendous loss and the haze of unthinkable grief, they get up every day to help others overcome this deadly disease. They’re leading a multi-county effort through their organization, Jenna’s Promise. They’ve created Jenna’s House, a community hub for treatment. They’ve purchased a café to employ those in recovery. They’re providing financial assistance for housing, transportation and so much more. They’ve found purpose from loss, helping others to heal. Friends, the Tatro family is here with us today. And World War II veterans from my Dad’s post in our hometown of Barre, Dr. Joe Aja, Robert Campo and George Shirlock, as well as Vermont World War II POWs, Clyde Cassidy and Richard Hamilton. Please join me in recognizing and thanking them.”