CLANCY — The Hope Center in Clancy has served more than 60 women since it opened in April 2020, and now is planning to expand to serve more women in its rehabilitation center.
“Hope Center is a wonderful program. It just changed my life has changed my family life and hope is probably the biggest thing that you could give people that are in the depths of addiction,” said Kimberly Smith, a two-time graduate of the year-long recovery program.
Smith used her relapse to continue to help others in the program to continue sobriety.
“Falling didn't mean failure that you just have to get back up and try again,” said Smith.
Another graduate, Laura Pickett, says she know knows what makes her life worth living: “I now have a reason to wake up every day when before I was just completely hopeless, so it gave me hope."
The Hope Center is a three-phase program and the center encourages the women to stay once they graduate to help other women in the phases by becoming an intern. Now that the internship program has grown, the center needs more space.
“We needed another place for them to reside comfortably here and still be incorporated in the program, but separate,” said Carolyn Belling, the Hope Center's director.
Belling says that seeing the women graduate and continue to help others is what the center is about community.
“Each one of them is just so close to my heart you know; I consider that my friends I'm super proud of them and that's the best part that's why we do what we do,” said Belling.
And for those struggling with addiction: “Do not give up, there is somebody out there that needs you that needs you to get this right," said Smith.
“There is hope, and even when it feels like there isn't, just never give up,” said Pickett.
From the website:
Our vision is to help people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction find the hope that only Jesus Christ can bring. We seek salvation for those that some would say are beyond hope. Hope Center Ministries is not just about getting sober, but about helping these men and women find a new life in Jesus. Through designated phases of support, residents work through the challenges in their lives, deal with root-issues, and journey forwards with newfound hope.