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Signs of Hope during tough times in Malheur County

Susan Gregory, director of the Malheur County Juvenile Department, decorates a chalk message of “YOU MATTER,” part of the 2nd annual Chalk Challenge for National Recovery Month on Thursday, Sept. 9. (The Enterprise/ ABBEY MCDONALD)

VALE – You matter. Don’t give up. You are enough.

Those were the messages of support given to the communities of Vale and Ontario on Thursday, Sept. 9.

The Malheur County Prevention Coalition held two Signs of Hope rallies last week as part of a state-wide initiative during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Recovery Month. It is one of three events this month.

The messages of support were much needed for some community members, said Paula Olvera, prevention specialist at Lifeways.

“We have gotten some incredible stories from people,” Olvera said. She said a passerby in . . .