Several of our fellowships want to open additional recovery homes in the county for those putting their lives back together following abuse, imprisonment, addiction, economic distress or other major disruption. Over the last several years, we have teamed up with another ministry to support this local need, but its focus is only on addiction – which is very much needed. However, we also need similar homes for those dealing with other issues.
Our desire is to create transitional, peer recovery homes where there is functional, Christ-centered community within each house. This would involve mutual support, encouragement and accountability among the residents – with appropriate outside support and oversight.
Our experiences to date have confirmed that such a focus is essential for real change to occur among those in each home. Otherwise, the houses become little more than a warehouse for knuckleheads, and become a detriment rather than an asset for those seeking to put their lives back together.
As we consider our options, we would value talking with others doing similar things – again, from the perspective of creating Christ-centered community in the houses rather than merely providing a place to live (either standing alone or as simply an adjunct to some external ministry or program).
If you are involved in such homes, we’d love to talk and gain insight from your experience. You can contact us in private or comment below.
In the meantime, here’s a blog from several years ago about one network of homes we visited in Missouri, which seems to be doing a great job at creating not simply housing – but real peer community in Christ:
~ Jim Wright