- Nancy Bowman Contributing Writer
Joshua Recovery Ministries Inc. has brought its faith-based recovery concept to Miami County.
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The nonprofit organization that operates five recovery homes in Montgomery County welcomed visitors to the house in Troy on Feb. 2 before opening its doors to residents the week of Feb. 5.
The recovery house will be home to up to four men and an on-site case worker for residential and transitional programing for alcohol and drug problems with stays of up to nine months, said Matthew Ruemping, case manager for the Troy Joshua Recovery Ministries.
The nonprofit organization began in Dayton 10 years ago and has grown to five houses. This is its first house outside Montgomery County.
“We are looking for people who can go back in the work force,” Ron Will, executive director, Joshua Ministries, said of the goals of reviewing applicants for program participation.
Counseling is provided to help the men “understand who they are and what makes them the way they are so that they can become what God intended them to be. That is really what we are working on,” Will said.
The Miami County program initially is being funded with donations from churches, individuals and other supportive organizations. Will said he was approached about a possible house by members of the Miami County Heroin Coalition.
Other potential sources of funding are being explored, Will said.
“People are stepping up. If they know about your need, they will step up and provide,” he said.
The Miami County Recovery Council was pleased to see the recovery house open and plans to make referrals to the program, said Thom Grim, MCRC’s executive director.
“We see this program as an additional resource in our community that we haven’t had since MCRC closed the Kessler House (men’s recovery home) back in 2014. We plan on working closely with this faith-based program to coordinate care for men who can benefit from this environment, whether they went through the Hope House or some other program in our agency,” he said.
The Hope House was opened by MCRC in January 2017 in Troy as a place where men could safely detox from opioids and other drugs for 10-14 days. The house in its first year admitted 63 individuals, graduating 33, or 52 percent.
The house initially was for men, but by midyear was accepting women. A second floor is being opened to accommodate more women.