Friends of Recovery NE Ohio in Willoughby invites public to open house

By Tawana Roberts, The News-Herald
May 30, 2017

Friends of Recovery NE Ohio is hosting an open house June 4 to unveil the new Tikvah Recovery Home in Willoughby.

The Tikvah Recovery Home will provide alcohol-free and drug-free housing to men who are recovering from substance abuse.

The public is invited to tour the newly renovated home at 37915 Euclid Ave. from 1 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

“I look forward to neighbors coming out to see what a blessing this is,” said Friends of Recovery Northeast Ohio Director Dennis Anthony. “We came to this as a ministry with two fish and five loaves — we did not have enough money to make this happen, but we stepped out on faith and have been blessed over and over.”

In 2016, Friends of Recovery acquired the residence that is owned by Willoughby Bible Church through a 10-year agreement.

Through ongoing fundraising, the home underwent extensive renovation, including a roof replacement; new electrical and plumbing; new heating and air conditioning; restoration due to water damage; cosmetic additions; painting; and flooring and exterior repairs.

It will occupy four male residents over the age of 18 and one live-in house manager.

A live-in house manager has been selected.

“We did not advertise for a house manager, we just prayed for the right person,” he said.

Anthony says the home will be a warm, safe and loving place for men in recovery.

“A lot of these guys never had that,” he said. “We’re at an exciting point in the process. We’re ready to move forward.”

Now that the interior construction is completed, there are a few exterior projects remaining. Anthony projects that the recovery house will open late June.

“It has been a long, but very rewarding journey,” Anthony said. “We’ve been able to help so many people and we’re not even open yet.”

The home currently contains two couches; a couple of end tables; a desk; a dining room table and chairs; a chandelier; and all the main kitchen appliances, including a refrigerator, stove, microwave and dish washer.

Monetary donations are still needed to purchase other items for the home such as beds, dressers, nightstands, computers and a television.

To donate, mail donations to P.O. Box 226, Willoughby, OH 44096; or contact Dennis Anthony at 440-669-9595 or danthony@friendsofrecoveryneo.com.