By Tawana Roberts, The News-Herald
November 6, 2016
After over two years of diligent fundraising and planning, Friends of Recovery Northeast Ohio Next Step Living has acquired a facility to meet a critical need in the community.
Friends of Recovery will provide alcohol-free and drug-free housing to men who are recovering from substance abuse called the Tikvah Recovery Home for Men. The name Tikvah was chosen because it means “Hope”in Hebrew.
The organization recently attained a residence in Willoughby that is owned by Willoughby Bible Church through a 10- year agreement.
The long-term contract requires Friends of Recovery to pay $1 per month to lease the house, as part of a ministry outreach partnership.
“We want to help the hurting and they want to help the hurting,” said Friends of Recovery Northeast Ohio Director Dennis Anthony. “Our missions are closely aligned.”
Anthony is working closely with the church’s pastor, Todd Bolton, and the city on this project.
The future men’s recovery house meets the current zoning criteria and will not be a treatment center, he said.
Since the focus is next-living for men recovering from substance abuse, he explained that sex offenders will not be allowed.
Anthony said the plan is to start with four male residents over the age of 18 and one live-in house manager.
The Tikvah Recovery Home will be built on three core principals — relationships, responsibility and respect.
The residents will learn how to have meaningful relationships, how to be accountable and how to respect themselves and others, he said.
They will also learn how to cook, basic sewing skills, resume writing, job coaching, establishing a bank account and fundamental financial management.
There will be a formal interview process before admittance and residents must agree to the handbook of regulations because part of the recovery is learning responsibility, Anthony said.
It will also be a State Certified Level II Ohio Recovery House, he said.
The five-bedroom, three-bath home has many spacious rooms, but requires some repair. The building was previously used for storage.
Anthony said that with the help of neighboring churches, businesses and volunteers, it was completely cleaned out and all of the carpet was removed.
It still requires roof repair, electrical and plumbing work, new heating and air conditioning, flooring rehab, replacement windows and painting throughout.
Anthony estimates that the repairs will cost about $100,000.
Many people, including contractors, have volunteered their time and talents to help.
However, there are still numerous sponsorship opportunities, including monetary donations that will be used to furnish the home. Some of the items that will be purchased include new kitchen and laundry appliances; a table and chairs; desks; two computers; a couch and light fixtures. Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be acknowledge with a small plaque on the items.
To donate, visit the group’s website at friendsofrecoveryinc.org; mail donations to P.O. Box 495, Painesville, 44077; or contact Dennis Anthony at 440-669-9595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony said the target opening date for the The Tikvah Recovery Home is April.
Source: The News-Herald