In a statement to EBONY, Hunter said, “Although The Hunter Foundation in its current form will dissolve, the important work will live on. I plan on launching a new foundation in the near future to continue the important mission in helping those struggling with drug addiction and substance abuse.”
The former couple launched in March a national drug and substance abuse hotline, 888-5HUNTER, through their foundation.
The hotline provides educational materials, treatment requests for detox and rehabilitation, information on sober living and outpatient centers, and offers support for the loved ones of those who are struggling with drug and substance abuse.
Williams celebrated the success of the hotline in a PSA last month. “Ten thousand calls in three weeks is remarkable! We’re doing our part by getting the word out. All it takes is one call to get on the right path. We’re here to help,” she said.
According to Hunter, the hotline will be temporarily impacted by the foundation’s closure. “In regards to the partnership with T.R.U.S.T. and the resource hotline 888-5HUNTER, the call center will go on a brief hiatus beginning May 31st,” he said in the statement.
“Since launching in early-March, the hotline has received over 13,000 phone calls and has connected nearly 900 individuals to some level of treatment and care,” he continued. “We will work to partner with other reputable organizations to get the hotline back up and running so that we can continue changing lives.”
News of the disbandment of the organization came several weeks after reports confirmed that Hunter would no longer serve as an executive producer on Williams’ talk show.