The Together We Hurt, Together We Heal group’s dream of opening a recovery house in Crawford County is becoming a reality.
The group is renovating a house on Wayne Avenue in Bucyrus that will become home to four to five men along with a house manager on July 1.
“The Sycamore House will provide the men with a sober living environment to assist them in their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction,” said Mary Jo Carle of Together We Hurt, Together We Heal.
Carle said that many times people coming out of rehabilitation or prison do not have a stable and safe place to live.
“We know that a sober living environment greatly improves a person’s stability and long-term recovery. We also know that newly recovering people often return to living situations where drug and alcohol use are happening or that their family members may not understand addiction and what is needed for recovery,” Carle said.
Carle said family members wishing to visit their loved one at the recovery house must take a half-day course to learn the basics of how to interact properly with someone in recovery.
Carle said since the home and program are faith-based, the men will be strongly encouraged to attend services at a church of their choice.
“They must also attend meetings for their recovery,” said Carle.
The Together group offers meetings and the men will be connected with other meetings within the community and other resources to aid in their recovery process.
“We are not a drug rehab facility. Men coming into the house must have completed an alcohol and drug rehab program already, including if they have been incarcerated,” Carle said.
Carle said a meet and greet with the neighbors of the Sycamore House was held over the winter.
“People seem to be supportive,” Carle said.
“We want the men to live like a family. They will be required to secure employment, pay rent and contribute to the food in the household. They will help prepare meals, clean and we want them to be neighborly by helping others in the neighborhood do things such as rake leaves, mow or shovel snow,” Carle said.
Carle said the men can reside in the house until they feel they are ready to move out on their own but they must follow the guidelines provided to them at the time they move in.
“We will be screening the applications and conducting interviews with the men at first but it is our goal as things move forward to have the men choose who they want to live in the house with them,” Carle said.
Carle said the realization of opening the recovery house is the direct result of donations from area businesses, organizations, churches and individuals as well as grants from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board, the United Way of Crawford County and the Community Foundation for Crawford County.
“We cannot thank everyone enough for helping us to make this happen,” Carle said.
Carle said plans are already in the works to open a recovery house for women.
“Eventually, we also want to open a recovery house for families so the children can live with their parents as they get back on their feet in a stable living environment,” Carle said.
An open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 23 at the Sycamore Recovery House, 124 Wayne Ave., with a ribbon cutting ceremony happening at 5:15 p.m. that day by the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce.
To apply to live in Sycamore House, men must call the Together group at 419-689-6427 to be mailed an application. For more information, visit http://www.twhtwh.com.
Applicants must be at least 18-years-old, cannot be a danger to themselves or others, must have completed at least 90 days of recovery that can be verified, must be medically and psychiatrically stable, must be following a 12-Step faith-based program of their choice, and must be employed or committed to obtaining a job within the first 30 days of residing in the house.
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