In loving Memory of

Jake Miniard

May 2, 1985 - May 3, 2017

Jacob Wesley Miniard was born on May 2, 1985.

Jake was charismatic and intelligent; he had an infectious sparkling smile and a loving generous spirit, and he struggled with a chronic disease, Substance Use Disorder.
For years, Jake and his family fought for his life. Understanding the challenges, Jake sought support, and he supported others who fought their own struggles to make one more day, one more month, one more year toward long-term recovery.

On May 3, 2017, Jake Miniard’s struggle for recovery ended when he lost his 12 year battle with Substance Use Disorder. Jake was only 32 years old, with still so much to give.

Substance Use Disorder affects over 21 million Americans, their families, and loved ones. Currently, 1 in 14 South Carolinians are living in recovery. Substance Use Disorder can affect anyone; it doesn’t care who you are, where you come from, or the color of your skin.   Overdose has become one of the leading causes of death in the US. In 2020, 73 Aiken County residents died from a drug overdose.

For each person lost, loved ones must find a way forward. Diane Miniard learned how hard that is when she lost her precious son, Jake, to Substance Use Disorder. Diane has found a way to channel her heartache to hope by using her lived experience to help other struggling families.

Savannah River ROC is a community-based organization supporting folks on the long and winding road of recovery, and their loved ones. Many needs arise for people as they begin their recovery journey. In addition to emotional support, there are often unmet financial needs.

In memory of Jake, and in honor of those seeking recovery from Substance Use Disorder, Diane and Savannah River ROC have established the Jake Miniard Recovery Fund. This fund will help individuals enter into and maintain their recovery. Your donation will spark hope for recovery.

You can donate directly to the Jake Miniard Fund through the link below.