Ministry for recovering addicts needs new home after accident
A haven for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction needs a new home, after a vehicle hit and destroyed it.
Recovery House, a ministry of First Baptist Church of Lexington, is searching for a facility that can qualify as a group home.
"We have our fingers crossed," said Ken Taylor, a congregation member who is a ministry leader.
The shelter provides a structured environment and counseling that former addicts like himself need, said Eric Wall.
"It's the first step in making it," he said.
But a site in Red Bank donated for the shelter was wrecked and set on fire last month by an out-of-control vehicle.
Wall and two other men who were displaced are living elsewhere - some with church members - and stay in touch.
"We're stronger because of it," James Teague said of the lost home. "It would be easy to relapse, but we pulled together."
Teague had a close call in the accident.
He left the room where the car hit shortly before the accident, on his way to another part of the house for prayer and Bible study.
"I feel I escaped by the skin of my teeth," he said. "No way could I have survived if I had been there."
Church leaders opened Recovery House last summer with quarters for three men. Their goal was to expand slowly to aid as many as 50 at a larger site.
"We have a big vision but started small," Taylor said.
It's uncertain how soon a new facility will be found, but church officials are hoping to find something in the Gilbert, Lexington or Red Bank areas.
The facility must be affordable and allow unrelated adults to live together, he said.
Church members want to keep the ministry alive, saying the shelter filled a void.
"This is just a temporary setback," said Dan Marshall,a former addict who helped supervise the facility. "I know God has got bigger things in mind for us."