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Recovery home in works for Marion

BY Scott Fleener - ctreport@indy.rr.com

Marion will soon have a place for men recovering from addiction to stay in.

This Sunday, addiction recovery advocates Shane Beal and Brian Blevins plan to announce that Marion will be getting a Hope House. The facility will act as a sober-living home for men in transition from jail, recovery or for those “who just need a fresh start.”

Blevins began the first Hope House several years ago in Hartford City. 

“We’ll be kind of the transition between a more of an institutional-type living environment to independent living,” Beal said.

When Blevins and Beal meet someone who is in inpatient care at Cornerstone, Blevins said they are forced to send them out of the county for treatment.  

He hopes they can start transitional housing in Grant County, Blackford County and Delaware County to “meet people’s needs better.”

“If you struggle in Grant County you can go to Blackford County or Delaware County and it’d be a better situation,” Blevins said. “You’d have more options. Right now the options aren’t very good.”

Beal said they think the house will told between eight to ten men.

“I truly believe that we could open five homes, and they would be full within a month,” Beal said. “So I think starting with one is a good way… to fill a need in the community and hopefully branch out to build even more homes to provide services to even more men.”

Beal also wants to expand the program to include women to give them the resources they need to beat addiction.

“I think one of the key components of recovery is you have to have a safe place to sleep,” Beal said. “You have to have a place where you feel safe and you’re supported, where you’re loved. You hear it all the time. People will say ‘You can’t heal in the place you got sick in.’ You can’t go back to the place where you were using or stealing.”

Beal said that an anonymous donor had bought them a 2,600-square-foot, $150,000 home. It has a fenced in backyard, a basement and a two-door garage.

Blevins said they started the Hope House through networking.

The project materialized about three years ago after Blevins began praying during Lent about opening a sober-living home, says Beal. He made a post about his prayers and happened to meet two people on May 8 who wanted to buy and donate a home. 

Blevins said the specific policies regarding who will be admitted, how long they can stay and other rules will be decided by the Hope House’s board of directors. The house will have surveillance, and Beal said the residents will work with law enforcement if they are on probation. 

“It’s going to be a safe environment,” Beal said. “Not only for (those living there) but the neighborhood.”

Prospective residents will need to pass a vetting process.

Residents will pay weekly rent of $100 a week, which will cover everything from field trips to cable and utilities, but not food. Those staying would also be responsible for the upkeep of the house.

The group plans to have meals together on Sundays.

Beal said that he hopes that people will stay at the house for six months to one year.

The Hope House has partnerships with companies to help residents get jobs and be able to live independently.

“If you give them a second chance and they’re in recovery they will do a great job for you,” Beal said.

They hope to open the home on Oct 1. 

Beal said to learn more, come to the announcement event at 312 West Washington Street in Hartford City at 6 p.m. A meal will be provided.