October 31, 2017
The Harvest Foundation is partnering with Hope Center Ministries to bolster recovery programming for men in Martinsville and Henry County.
Harvest recently awarded a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant to the Axton location of Hope Center Ministries, located in the former Irisburg Elementary School on Irisburg Road in Axton. The center is a residential, 12-step, faith-based drug and alcohol recovery program for men. Its mission is to assist men in the process of getting sober and staying sober, so they can support their families and become productive citizens by entering the local workforce.
The program is eight months long and focuses on helping residents stabilize their life by providing counseling, work study to understand the root causes of their addition and challenges, and connection to a job in the community, with ongoing support through the transition.
“As our community is coming together to tackle local substance abuse issues, we are proud to partner with Hope Center Ministries as they work to build an innovative recovery center,” said Sheryl Agee, impact officer and team leader at Harvest. “The center will provide a long-term support system that addresses barriers that often trigger relapse.”
The PUP! grant will assist Hope Center Ministries to expand services in Axton to 20 participants, which will take the program to full capacity.
Area community members and spiritual leaders serve as volunteers to teach, encourage, and be role models to participants in the program. The center also partners with the Henry County Jail, local judges, law offices and businesses for referrals.
The Axton location is part of a larger organization, Hope Center Ministries located in Waverly, Tenn., which has been involved in recovery efforts for more than a decade. During that time, Hope Center Ministries has established 10 recovery centers in Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, including the Axton center as the newest.
Gary Robertson, director of the Axton location, said he’s encouraged by the partnerships created with the center throughout the community.
“As our area’s founding fathers, General Joseph Martin and Patrick Henry, were instrumental in America winning her freedom from the tyranny of England, we believe our partnership with The Harvest Foundation will aid us in our fight to help men in the area win their freedom from drug and alcohol addiction,” Robertson said.
To find out more about Hope Center Ministries in Axton, call 1-866-396-HOPE or visit hopecm.com/axton.
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