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Dream Center holds groundbreaking ceremony

Elected officials joined members of Church 180 for the Dream Center ground-breaking on Friday morning. Photo by Patricia Beech – People’s Defender

New facility will house recovering addicts

Patricia Beech – People’s Defender

Local and state officials, pastors, parishioners, concerned citizens, and recovering addicts stood together last Friday morning as they heeled their golden shovels into the earth and broke ground for the Church 180 Dream Center on Moore’s Road in Seaman. Michael Parks, pastor of Church 180 told those attending the event, “’I’m just blown away by the community support that’s been shown here today. I’m thankful for all the distinguishedguests that are here, but most of all I’m thankful for what we’re going to be able to do with this ministry to actually help change the lives of people who suffer from addiction.”

The Dream Center is a 12-month residential life recovery program for addicts. Parks explains that the decision to build the facility came about in 2009. “Sheriff Kimmy Rogers came to a pastor’s meeting, and he said, ‘I need your help’. The vision of the Dream Center was launched at that time, and we’ve been working toward that goal ever since.”

The facility holds great significance and promise for people who have family members fighting drug addiction. Beatrice Ball, the mother of a recovering addict, believes the center is a signal of good things to come.  “I’ve seen the effects of drug abuse in my family,” she says, “There are other families out there and mothers who know there’s a chance now. They know that there is a place where the people they love can go to get help.  I didn’t know where to tell my son to go to get help, to get clean. It’s such a hopeless situation. People who are addicted may not have a job, or clothes, or a home, or car. Where do they go? They go back to the only
thing they know, drugs. The Dream Center can change that, it’s a shelter and there’s food, and there’s promise.”

Much of the credit for the church’s successful fundraisers goes to Rhonda Burton, who spearheaded the Church 180 fundraisers. Regarding her efforts, Pastor Parks remarked, “A year ago in February, we had $1,000 dollars in an account for the Dream Center building. Today, because of Rhonda’s fundraising efforts, all of her hard work and the work of all the volunteers, we now have over $45,000 in the bank.”

Burton herself is no stranger to the discord drug addiction causes in families. Her brother is a recovering addict who stayed in a Dream Center in Los Angeles, California. His experiences and success in the center were critical in Burton’s decision to make the facility a reality. “I am just overjoyed,” she exclaimed. “This is a day we’ve worked really hard for and it’s finally come, but this is just the beginning. We have a lot more work
to do, and we’re going to keep at it.”

According to Parks, Pastors Phil Fulton from Union Hill Church near Peebles, and Ken Johnson from the Seaman United Methodist Church were indispensable in getting the project up and running.

“We’re really excited about what’s going to happen here,” Fulton said.  “We’ve been working on this project for some time now, and we’re finally getting it ready to go. This community really needs a place where people who are addicted can go and have hope of getting free of drugs, and also have the opportunity to learn, get their GED’s, and get their lives back together. We believe those dreams can happen here.”

Officials attending the ceremony expressed their unanimous support for the project. First State Bank President Mike Pell said “We’re facing some challenging issues that require real leadership. That’s what these leaders are doing, they’ve got their arms around those issues, and they’re working to solve them. We’re all determined to make Adams County a better place, and I glad to be a part of Church 180’s efforts to build this facility.”

Commissioner Paul Worley said, “This service is needed in our community, and I think that in the future we’re going to see a positive impact on our community because of the lives this program is going to change.

Commissioner Stephen Caraway agreed. “The folks at this church and at many other organizations have worked so hard for so long to make this project a reality,” said Caraway. “The county is proud to stand with Church 180 in bringing these much needed services to our area. We’re so proud and honored to be here today.”

“I think this is what life is all about,” Congressman Brad Wenstrup said.  “God gives us opportunities each and every day to do good things, When you see communities come together to create something like this, that’s really what its all about. I think we do it better on a personal level than we do when the government is involved. They can work hand in hand sometimes, but this is the better way to go.”

Representative Terry Johnson echoed Wenstrup’s praise for Parks and Church 180.  “There have been so many people working on this facility and I just want to lift them up and thank them for their work, and their efforts, and everything they’ve done to help the community fight the drug problem and all the social ills that come with it.”

“This is a wonderful thing for the community and the region,” Pastor Parks told those present. “As we look at a complex problem like addiction and all the problems that come with it. We really need to look toward God for our answers. If we put God at the center of our problems, our problems will get better, and we’re going to see actual results.”

Sheriff Kimmy Rogers agreed. “They’ve got the right idea here,” the Sheriff said.

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