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Drug Addiction Recovery Supported By Thrift Store
Revive Ministries opened a sports thrift store to offer opportunities for patients in their drug addiction recovery programs.
Revive Ministries started in 2007 and recently acquired the Horizon Treatment and Recovery Center and the Hastings Unity Houses from the previous owner. Opening the thrift store was one of their goals.
"We have a pretty large group of people that we try to do community things together," said Dan Rutt, the director of Revive Ministries. "One of the things that we're planning on is to maybe go to the lake for a weekend, go camping and water skiing. The thrift store is going to allow us to have all those things."
Local residents donated nearly 1,600 pieces of sports equipment to the store.
Patients who are not currently employed are required to volunteer at a community organization or the thrift store for four hours a day.
Rutt said that volunteering helps patients feel good about helping others, build new relationships and connect with potential job opportunities.
Patients commit to a minimum of six months to the 3/4 way housing program. During that time, they attend a life skills course, counseling sessions and aftercare or intensive outpatient services at the Horizon Treatment and Recovery Center.
Revive Ministries also offer a Christian 12-step program. Rutt stated that 95 percent of patients who chose to go through the program remain sober.
Rutt added that 19 patients graduated from both the housing and treatment programs last year.
Many graduates serve as program mentors.
"Our staff is like a family," he said. "We care about each other and we try to treat our clients like that. What brings us the most joy is when someone goes through our program, completes it and stays in touch with us."