In 1998 a small group of committed people began meeting on a weekly basis to uphold the vision of a drug and alcohol-free housing facility for homeless men and women in recovery. We obtained a corporate charter in 1999 and began moving the project forward in 2003.
That same year, through the generosity of friends and family members, we were able to acquire two acres of land for this vision; and, we were granted 501(c)3 tax-exempt status by the IRS. In April 2008, in partnership with Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship, Inc. (LCF), we were awarded a Predevelopment Grant by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) to help us determine the feasibility, size, type, location, etc. of the housing facility for our program.
Based on the results of the feasibility study and in response to the existence of a gap in services in the region, we expanded our vision to include a residential addiction recovery program in 2009. We undertook this ‘mission’ in cooperation with the local Coalition for Treatment and Recovery. This expanded vision addressed the needs of men and women who were either without insurance coverage or lacked adequate financial resources with which to obtain treatment for their addictions.
Our research for a successful existing residential recovery program led us to a “social model of recovery” run by The Healing Place. After visiting their programs in Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC, and seeing their facilities and their results, we realized this program would be ideal for meeting the needs of people in Central and Southwestern Virginia.