Highland Foundation recently made a $5,000.00 donation to the Lewis County Faith Based Recovery Coalition. The coalition was recently formed under the Lewis County Ministerial Association but operates as a separate entity. The coalition was formed in response to meetings that began taking place about three years ago to address the growing problem of drug addiction in our local community.
In 2017, local leaders reached out to area congregations asking for help to stem the tide of drug addiction in our community. Members of the Coalition have met with numerous people who work in the field of assisting others with addiction issues and have toured facilities in an attempt to come up with the most effective way to combat this issue.
Long-term recovery seems to be the best solution for battling addiction. The group will use funds to send qualified candidates to a gender-appropriate treatment center where the person who is battling addiction will remain for twelve months, in a Christ-centered environment. According to Coalition chair, Jeff Gandy, “Unity and prayer will change this problem in Lewis County.”
The group is now looking to the next phase of how to help people in their quest for life-long recovery. “People who have completed a program return and find limited options for housing and a fresh start.” Says Gandy. The Coalition is considering how to best use donated land to create transitional living quarters so that those who have returned from 12 months of treatment can receive life coaching in a safe environment. Donations are welcomed from anyone who sees this as a worthy cause.