Russellville church beginning new mission to help addicts

Last updated: February 03. 2014 1:04PM - 732 Views
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Grace Baptist Church is stepping out on faith to offer something its members feel is needed here in Logan County - a recovery home for those that are battling with substance abuse problems.

For a long time, the original church building on Armstrong Street sat largely unused. But pastor Todd Latham had a plan for it and in a relatively short amount of time, it was transformed into Grace Recovery Home - a place where men battling addiction can come and get help in a safe, structured, supportive environment.

Latham, who describes himself as a recovered addict of pain pills, said this ministry of his church is near to his heart.

“I know just how easy it is to get in that shape,” Latham said. “I know how many people are on alcohol or drugs - some that you wouldn’t even think about. I understand them - all the hurt and the pain. I even understand the misunderstanding about it.”

The recovery house had an open house to show off the remarkable transformation the building went through.

“It’s amazing how God is working through this,” Latham said. “We were able to remodel that building in a relatively short amount of time. Took up one love offering and raised $1,000.”

The $1,000 and the work and other donations from church members created a recovery home that can house 10-12 people at a time.

And while the accommodations are nice, life in the recovery home isn’t meant to be carefree.

While living in the recovery home, residents are expected to secure a full-time job. Unemployed residents are expected to be off site between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Rent is $100 per week in the home and the program lasts for 12-months.

All residents are also expected to complete house chores and attend church regularly.

Latham said that he currently is looking for help with securing employment for the future residents of the recovery house.

“If there is someone in the area that owns a business or a farm and would like to have a job lined up for our residents, that would be helpful,” Latham said. “That way we can put them straight to work and get them on the road to their recovery.”

For more information, call the church at 839-9125.

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