(Community Resource for Education and Empowerment through Knowledge)
A Quick Overview:
● An Educational Outreach Center
● A place of Advocacy for addicts and their families
● A Sustainable Business with independent cash flow
● A Gathering Place for the community
● A Study Area for students of all ages
● A Spiritual Center on the weekends
Who is behind the effort:
Haven of the Rock Ministries has been established for over ten years. We are an
outreach that has been involved in many various efforts, mainly centered on assisting the less fortunate. Our programs have partnered with several entities such as Angel Food Ministries, the YMCA and various church groups. We are business owners who understand budgets and finances as well as how to market and grow a small business. In addition to attending Bible College, the lead pastor also has training in addictions counselling and broadcasting.
What it is:
The C.R.E.E.K. (Community Resource for Education and Empowerment through
Knowledge) is a vision born of need. It is designed to provide a venue for educational
opportunities that address the entire family and broad scope of needs within the entire
community. Much research shows indisputable links between educational achievement and
poverty, as well as links between poverty and addiction. We want to address the dilemma of the cycle of relapse by providing greater education and training to those who are seeking to improve their lives.
Daytime activities will be centered around homeschool cooperatives that provide field
trips, special activities and group visits from special speakers that are not normally available to those who practice alternative education due to small group sizes. Additionally, we want to
provide job training and job fairs for those without employment by partnering with local trade
schools and community colleges.
Afternoons will be centered around being a liason for tutors (high school and college
students preferably) to teach those elementary, middle and high school students who may be
struggling in public schools.
Evenings will be arranged to provide recovery classes for those struggling with addiction,
adult education for those seeking their GED’s, and continuing education for those who want to change careers or advance their professional abilities (again through partnerships with state and local colleges and trade schools).
In addition to these endeavors, we want to provide spiritual and practical assistance to
the families of those dealing with substance abuse. By focusing not only on the addict
themselves, but on the entire family holistically, we seek to decrease the frequency of relapse
by teaching and modeling a healthy support system for those exiting treatment and seeking to live sober lifestyles. This is accomplished through faith based meetings and training as well as group counselling (using guidelines and practices provided through “Living Free”, developed by Dr. Jimmy Lee and Dan Strickland).
Where this will take place:
Our current goal is to pursue a facility that provides easy access, ample growth
opportunity and is located centrally to several municipalities.
Initially, our operating budget will be determined largely by philanthropic contributions
and voluntary assistance. One part of sustaining the operations will be to earn income through selling coffee and pastries in a setting within the building itself. This also serves a purpose of need within the local community by providing a place for locals to sit down and build relationships. Currently, there is no facility that provides such a place aside from fast food restaurants in the area. We believe that this fills a funding gap that also fills a societal need.
We want to work with treatment centers and local justice to provide a liason for the
addicts leaving treatment and their families to learn more about addiction and what is needed to provide a healthy support system. Although voluntary, we believe a great number of families will desire the benefits of educating and learning the best ways to maintain sobriety without relapse.
Why this area needs this:
It is undeniable that addictions and the resulting issues associated with them are a major
national dilemma. However, no area has been hit collectively as hard as the Tri-State area of
Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Many treatment facilities exist for addicts, and they are doing a great job. However, one of the biggest factors in relapse for most addicts is the lack of an educated support system that understands how to help the addict stay sober. And that is a major reason why we feel that establishing a center for the entire family (natural, extended, adopted or otherwise) to gather and be trained is important.
By also focusing on the overall educational needs of the community, we are seeking to
prevent some of the factors that lead to addiction. Relationships with positive mentors and a sense of belonging to a community are central to helping people, young and old, from being
caught up in the underworld of crime and addiction. This center will also bridge the gap between social classes, economic classes, and other groups that may not normally interact by providing a general outreach that has a two pronged approach: addiction and education (neither of which are socially prejudiced).
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