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Dirt City Sanctuary is providing support and resources for people in addiction recovery.
DCS's co-founders Stacy Peck, Tyler Trowbridge and Wendy Botts are no strangers to the state's opioid crisis.
"We want to help people that don't have anyone," Trowbridge said. "We want to build this new community structure around them so they have people to call or talk to when they feel bad or sad, or if they want to talk about their past. We need to help them get into treatment."
According to the Kent County Health Department, 156 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2017.
Following drug detoxification, patients can stay in DCS's program between six and 24 months.
DCS will contain an intake department, a community building, residential housing, a garden and barns. Program participants will have their own private studio apartment and can convene with others in downstairs communal areas.
Individuals will not get kicked out of the program if they relapse; instead, they will spending time in the 'speed bump house,' where patients will work with program facilitators to get back on track.
DCS plans to staff recovery coaches and therapists and provide transportation to Grand Rapid's methadone clinic.
"We're looking for a country setting, anywhere from 10 to 20 acres," Peck said. "There is one central methadone clinic in town that'd we like to be around 20 minutes of a drive to there."
She added that DCS will connect patients with local substance use and mental health specialists to receive holistic treatment.
"There's no cookie cutter treatment for any person," Botts said. "Each person is an individual person, so we need to have as many options as possible for outlets of positivity and change their lives."
Botts stated that many community members expressed interest in providing skills-based workshops to patients.
DCS team is finalizing a location for its services.