Addiction recovery home opens in Boswell
A new men’s addiction recovery center opened its doors in Boswell on Sunday and its operators are accepting applicants and donations.
Micah House, a transitional housing facility owned by Trinity Farms Center for Healing, was started to help recovering addicts learn skills, get jobs and become independent.
Trinity Farms Board President Paula Eppley-Newman said the farm can provide for four men at a time.
A women’s facility, Hope House, is being constructed, and Eppley-Newman said she hopes to open it this year.
After working in nonprofits for many years, Eppley-Newman saw many people “fall through the cracks.”
“Too many years have been spent trying to make people in need fit in to the parameters of programming, statistical outcomes and demographic parameters that we have lost sight of the fact that every person is unique and has different needs — especially when it comes to healing,” she said in a press release.
At Micah House, recovering people will work on the 132-acre farm, caring for goats and sheep, doing chores and working in a garden. They have 32 goats, eight sheep and two livestock guardian dogs.
“As the farm helps to nourish and support the animals that live on its land, the goal is to support those in need of healing in the same way, by creating meaningful volunteer opportunities that provide marketable work skills, daily living skills and a sense of self worth and accomplishment through hard work, nature and acceptance, building a community of support around those in need,” Eppley-Newman said.
The farm was leased to Trinity Farms by David Eppley for $1 for the next 30 years. Eppley-Newman said the farm will survive with the help of donors.
In addition to the everyday needs like towels, food and cleaning supplies, the program also needs volunteers who can teach life skills, such as gardening, personal finance and job skills. They are also in need of monetary donations.
Applicants to the program must go through an interview and work to pay for their room. Eppley-Newman estimated that each bed will cost $500 per month.
Those who first arrive won’t be expected to pay the full $500 each month, but they will be able to perform jobs to pay back the costs.
“We’re all healing from something,” Eppley-Newman said. “Your past does not define your future.”
Justyn Patton, a certified recovery specialist at Twin Lakes Center, said that he was able to recover from his addictions because of programs that help veterans. They gave him a place to stay while he got on his feet.
Without a proper place to recover, away from temptation, he said he may not be alive.
“The reality is that, right now, there’s somebody out there cooking meth. There’s somebody doing heroin for the last time,” he said.
Applicants and donors can contact Trinity Farms at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-442-1628.